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Old 10-31-2011, 05:01 PM
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The year is 1911




THE YEAR IS 1911
This will boggle your mind, I know it did mine!
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The year is 1911 --- One hundred years ago.
What a difference a century makes!
Here are some statistics for the Year 1911:
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The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.
Fuel for a car was sold in drug stores only.
Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.
Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.
There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.
The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.
The average US wage in 1910 was 22 cents per hour.
The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year.
A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year,
A dentist $2,500 per year,
a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year,
and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.
More than 95 percent of all births took place at home.
Ninety percent of all Doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION!
Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which
were condemned in the press AND the government as "substandard."
Sugar cost four cents a pound.
Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.
Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.
Most women only washed their hair once a month,
and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from
entering into their country for any reason.
The Five leading causes of death were:
1. Pneumonia and influenza
2. Tuberculosis
3. Diarrhea
4. Heart disease
5. Stroke
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.
Two out of every 10 adults couldn't read or write and only 6 percent
of all Americans had graduated from high school.
Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter
at the local corner drugstores.
Back then pharmacists said, "Heroin clears the complexion,
gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and bowels,
and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health!"
( Shocking? )
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. !
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Old 10-31-2011, 05:13 PM
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How about a comparison to 2011?
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Old 10-31-2011, 08:44 PM
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You forgot that 1911 was also the birthday of the Chevrolet Motor Company!
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Old 10-31-2011, 09:06 PM
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Can anyone name anything invented in 1911 that is still manufactured and used today IN ITS ORIGINAL CONFIGURATION other than the 1911 pistol?
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Old 10-31-2011, 10:04 PM
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You forgot that 1911 was also the birthday of the Chevrolet Motor Company!
Cool little factoid!

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Can anyone name anything invented in 1911 that is still manufactured and used today IN ITS ORIGINAL CONFIGURATION other than the 1911 pistol?
Is there anything older than the 1911 still made in its original configuration? Maybe the SAA?

Neat list, would be interesting to have a 2011 comparo
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Old 10-31-2011, 11:38 PM
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In 1911 the corporate income tax rate was 1 percent of net income over $5,000... not sure about individual income taxation... may have been zero.
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Old 10-31-2011, 11:45 PM
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IIRC Woodrow Wilson started the income tax as a way to pay for WW I.
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Old 11-01-2011, 06:17 AM
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Zenfly,
I enjoyed the read. It was interesting to see the difference in 100 years.
Thank you for posting this.
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Old 11-01-2011, 12:07 PM
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The Paperclip. Bolts, rivets, some nails, bricks, Barlow knives, keys, canes, bow ties, rulers, bottles, matches, wrenches, oatmeal, annoying in-laws, etc. There's zillions of things that are the same as in 1911.
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Old 11-01-2011, 12:12 PM
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Other things still in their original configuration: The Paperclip. Bolts, rivets, some nails, bricks, Barlow knives, keys, canes, bow ties, rulers, bottles, matches, wrenches, oatmeal, annoying in-laws, etc. There's zillions of things that are the same as in 1911. ---Btw, That "fact" about gasoline only being available at drugstores is total crap. There were plenty of filling stations by 1911. So be cautious about believing anything else on that list. I smell BS on plenty of them.
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Old 11-01-2011, 12:22 PM
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The US produced almost 200,000 cars in 1911. "Eight thousand cars in US" is a load of crap. Two minutes of checking REAL sources confirms it. That list is useless stats made up by a bored teenager. No truth to it.
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Old 11-01-2011, 12:53 PM
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The US produced almost 200,000 cars in 1911. "Eight thousand cars in US" is a load of crap. Two minutes of checking REAL sources confirms it. That list is useless stats made up by a bored teenager. No truth to it.
There were some other things I found a little off as well
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Old 11-01-2011, 04:05 PM
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That "eighteen percent" of "households" having full or part-time domestic help may be misleading as well. 1/5 of households could & would pay for a maid? No way. A big portion of Americans lived in rural areas. That "domestic help" was probably based on ranch-hand type workers and on extra help hired around harvest time. Not some apron-wearing Mammy charater whipping up corn-pone. Hey. That sounds good! Pretty domestics please apply to this address.
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Old 11-01-2011, 04:08 PM
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2011, yea there are serious issues. But there were serious issues in 1911 as well.
2011:
We hit 7 billion persons.
Life expectancy of a male is more like 74 years.
Fuel for your car is on every corner.
99% of homes in the US have a bathtub. And there are alot more homes.
Doctors have at least 7 years of formal training, plus continuing schooling throughout their carreers.
Minimun wage is over $7.00 an hour.
Back "then" the long term side effects of heroin were really unknown.
Now 8 out of 10 adults can read.

I could go on, but I will take living in 2011 any day over 1911.
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Old 11-03-2011, 09:20 PM
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Can anyone name anything invented in 1911 that is still manufactured and used today IN ITS ORIGINAL CONFIGURATION other than the 1911 pistol?
Maybe a refrigerator.
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Old 11-04-2011, 09:30 AM
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1911 was 10 years after my grandmother and grandfather got married down in Olive Hill, Ky.

He had a hill side farm of about 85 acres, one horse, two mules and also worked in the clay mines.

Would I like to go back there, . . . visit a while ??? Yer darn tootin' I would.

But if you can arrange it, . . . just remember, . . . I'm taking my flush toilet, my furnace and thermostat, my electric lights, and my 1911.

May God bless,
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Old 11-04-2011, 10:02 AM
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Can anyone name anything invented in 1911 that is still manufactured and used today IN ITS ORIGINAL CONFIGURATION other than the 1911 pistol?
The longbow has that beat by a mile. I love to shoot my bow.
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Old 11-04-2011, 10:25 AM
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Can anyone name anything invented in 1911 that is still manufactured and used today IN ITS ORIGINAL CONFIGURATION other than the 1911 pistol?
....the oreo cookie----"invented" may not be the correct term, but they developed in 1911 and started marketing it in 1912.
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Old 11-04-2011, 10:29 AM
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...Two out of every 10 adults couldn't read or write ...
Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available...
...sounds sort of like the National Basketball Association of 2011.
(sorry, that was bad)

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