Web Page No 2340
28th January 2017
Top Picture: Pre-decimal Money
Second Picture: 1915 Doctor
Third Picture: Victorian Pharmacy
Bottom Picture: Las Vegas 1915
I am indebted to Steve Timms for forwarding this on to me, I have added some details here and there.
What a difference a century makes!
EITHER YOUR PARENTS OR GRANDPARENTS WERE LIVING DURING THIS TIME PERIOD OF TIME. THE YEAR IS 1915, the facts will boggle your mind!
The year is 1915 only “One hundred and two years ago”. But what a difference a century makes!
Here are some statistics figures for the Year 1915:
The average life expectancy for men was only 47 years.
Cars were rare and so the fuel for them, being a chemical spirit, 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 towns and cities was only 10 mph.
The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower opened sixteen years before .
The average British manual wage in 1915 was £15 per year!
A competent accountant could expect to earn in excess of £800 per year.
A dentist £900 per year.
A vet between £600 and £900 per year.
And, a mechanical engineer was well off he could expect about £2000 per year.
More than 95 percent of all births took place at home
90 percent of all Doctors had no university education at all!
Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press AND by the government as being decidedly "substandard."
Sugar cost 2 old pence (0.0083p) a pound.
Eggs were 10 old pence (0.0417p) a dozen
Coffee was 5 old pence (0.0208p) 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
4. Heart disease
The American flag had only 45 stars (today it has 50).
The population of the little town of Las Vegas in Nevada was only 30.
Crossword puzzles, tinned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented yet.
There was neither a Mother's Day nor a Father's Day or Grandparent’s Day’s
Two out of every ten adults couldn't read or write and, only 6 percent of all British pupils went on to study in a university.
Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all readily available over the counter at local corner chemists. Back then chemists claimed that the use of "Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach, bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health!" (Shocking?)
Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or at least some part time domestic help.
There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A.! In 2014 this figure had risen to 14,249, last year it was 16,121!
In the UK the murder rate in 1915 was 1420. In 2015 it was 537. (Perhaps we are doing something right! But there again last year it rose to 574!)
I am now going to forward this on my blog site without typing it myself and you will all receive it.
From there, I hope that it will be sent to others all over the WORLD all in a matter of seconds!
It is mind blowing isn’t it? But can you imagine what it may be like in another 100 years.
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On this Day 28th January 1960-1965
On 28/01/1960 the number one single was Why - Anthony Newley and the number one album was South Pacific Soundtrack. The top rated TV show was not listed and the box office smash was North by Northwest. A pound of today's money was worth £13.68 and Burnley were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.
On 28/01/1961 the number one single was Are you Lonesome Tonight? - Elvis Presley. The top rated TV show was The Russ Conway Show (ATV) and the box office smash was One Hundred and One Dalmations. A pound of today's money was worth £not very interesting and 13.25 were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions. The big news story of the week was Bootsie & Snudge (Granada).
On 28/01/1962 the number one single was The Young Ones - Cliff Richard & the Shadows and the number one album was Blue Hawaii - Elvis Presley. The top rated TV show was Coronation Street (Granada) and the box office smash was Lawrence of Arabia. A pound of today's money was worth £12.89 and Ipswich Town were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.
On 28/01/1963 the number one single was Dance On - The Shadows and the number one album was Out of the Shadows - Shadows. The top rated TV show was Coronation Street (Granada) and the box office smash was The Great Escape. A pound of today's money was worth £12.64 and Everton were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.
On 28/01/1964 the number one single was Glad All Over - Dave Clark Five and the number one album was With the Beatles - The Beatles. The top rated TV show was Steptoe & Son (BBC) and the box office smash was Dr Strangelove. A pound of today's money was worth £12.24 and Liverpool were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.
On 28/01/1965 the number one single was Yeh Yeh - Georgie Fame and the number one album was Beatles For Sale - The Beatles. The top rated TV show was Coronation Street (Granada) and the box office smash was The Sound of Music. A pound of today's money was worth £11.69 and Manchester United were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.