Progress 101: what a century it has been!

Many thanks to my good friend and fellow author Diana F. in Idaho, USA, for sharing this amazing list of where we were only 101 years ago.

Progress 101: what a century it has been!

In the overall picture of this planet, 101 years is a mere blinking of an eye. Yet in this “blinking,” so much has moved on alarmingly. For example, see how we were back then and compare it with where we are now…

101 years ago: statistics for 1915 in the UK

The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.
Fuel for cars was sold in chemists only.
Only 14 percent of the homes had a bath.
Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.
The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.
The average British wage in 1915 was £15 per year!
A competent accountant could expect to earn £800 per year.
A dentist £900 per year.
A vet between £600 and £900 per year.
And a mechanical engineer about £2000 per year.
More than 95 percent of all births took place at home.
Ninety percent of all doctors had no university education
Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press AND the government as “substandard.”
Sugar cost two pence a pound.
Eggs were 10 old pence a dozen.
Coffee was five old pence a pound.
Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
The five leading causes of death were:
1.Pneumonia and influenza
4.Heart disease
The American flag had 45 stars.
The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was only 30.
Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn’t been invented yet.
There was neither a Mother’s Day nor a Father’s Day: we have the Yanks to thank for these.
Two out of every 10 adults couldn’t read or write and only 6 per cent of all British pupils went to university.
Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at local corner chemists. Back then chemists said, “Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach, bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health…”
Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help…
There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A.! In 2014 this figure had risen to 14,249.
In the UK the murder rate in 1915 was 1420. In 2015 it was 537. (Perhaps we are doing something right!)
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Can you imagine what it may be like in another 101 years?

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