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In 1910 Compared to 2010

Updated on April 27, 2012

Statistics from 1910

Statistics from 1910 show just how a mear 100 years can change our lives:

  • Fuel for cars was sold strictly in drug stores
  • There were 8,000 cars driving on 144 miles of paved roads
  • The average life span of a man was 47 years
  • 14% of homes had a bathtub, the other 86% had none
  • 8% of homes had a phone
  • The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower
  • $200 and $400 was the average annual income for a US worker
  • A pretty good accountant could pull in $2,000 annually
  • A dentist could earn $2,500 annually
  • A Veterinarian could make from $1,500 to $4,000 annually
  • A mechanical engineer would bring in around $5,000 a year
  • Most cities had speed limits of 10 miles per hour
  • More than 95% of all births were home births.
  • Only 10% of all doctors had College educations
  • For four cents you could buy a pound of sugar
  • Fifteen cents would get you a pound of coffee
  • Fourteen cents would purchase a dozen eggs
  • Borax or egg yolks were used to wash women's hair
  • Women would wash there hair only once a month
  • Canada published a law preventing poor people from entering their country for any reason.

Pre-war Buick



  1. Pneumonia and flu
  2. Tuberculosis
  3. Diarrhea
  4. Heart disease
  5. Stroke

1910 Trivia

A few other 1910 tid-bits:

  • The American Flag had only 45 stars
  • Las Vegas, Nevada had a population of 30
  • Canned beer, iced tea and crossword puzzles weren't invented just yet
  • No Mother's Day or Father's Day were on the calendar yet
  • 6% of Americans graduated from high school
  • Two out of ten adults were illiterate
  • Morphine, heroin and marijuana were available over your local drug store counter
  • According to pharmacists 'Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the bowels and is a perfect guardian of health'
  • Almost 20% of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic helper
  • 230 murders were reported across the entire United States

One might take pause at the concept of where we will be in another 100 years

HBO / Marvel 1910 TV Series Opening...what if?

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz 1910 Movie

Frankenstein Leaves For College 1910 Movie

DW Griffith 1910 The Oath and The Man the Man Video

Be sure to 'VOTE UP' IN 1910 | WHAT A DIFFERENCE A CENTURY MAKES - a quick trivia read after you make your Comments!

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  • Shawn Scarborough profile image

    Shawn Scarborough 

    7 years ago from The Lone Star State

    This is a very interesting hub. I think that life 100 years ago was much more simple. But, people had to work much harder and they did not have all the modern conveniences we take for granted. I cannot imagine life without my shower every morning or a glass of iced tea in the afternoon.

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    India Arnold 

    7 years ago from Northern, California

    toknowinfo~ Thanks for the comment. Trivia of this sort has long intrigued me, so I am pleased that you found it interesting as well. I really appreciate the support!


  • toknowinfo profile image


    7 years ago

    Wow, interesting hub. Thanks for putting all the information together. It really gives us perspective on things.

  • Dolores Monet profile image

    Dolores Monet 

    8 years ago from East Coast, United States

    Greta trivia. I can't believe that so few doctors had a college education! An no cross word puzzles? This hub was fascinating.

  • K9keystrokes profile imageAUTHOR

    India Arnold 

    8 years ago from Northern, California

    Hugh Williamson~ Thank you for your commments! I appreciate you reading my little 1920 compared to 2010 hub.


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    Hugh Williamson 

    8 years ago from Northeast USA

    Very interesting and clever Hub. Thanks for writing it.

  • K9keystrokes profile imageAUTHOR

    India Arnold 

    8 years ago from Northern, California

    Rebecca E.~I am not sure what the miles are in road surface we currently have in the US, but I know it's far too much!Thank you for the comments!


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    Rebecca E. 

    8 years ago from Canada

    wow, this is great keep up the great work, I love it, and 147 miles of paved road! can't imagine that anymore. what do we have now?

  • K9keystrokes profile imageAUTHOR

    India Arnold 

    8 years ago from Northern, California

    Candy~ If only we could locate a time machine and shop in the time we choose...know anyone with a Delorian? (sp?)

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    Candy Campbell 

    8 years ago

    I was definitely born in the wrong century! I could use a pound of coffee and a dozen eggs for less the a quarter! I might be able to afford healthcare!

  • K9keystrokes profile imageAUTHOR

    India Arnold 

    8 years ago from Northern, California

    Nellieanna~ What a thought provoking statement. You rock! Thank you for the comments, always to see you!

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    Nellieanna Hay 

    8 years ago from TEXAS

    I don't suppose anyone ever did any study to link the use of morphine, heroin and marijuana to the incidence of Pneumonia and flu - Tuberculosis - Diarrhea - Heart disease - Stroke (either positive or negative linkage)?

  • K9keystrokes profile imageAUTHOR

    India Arnold 

    8 years ago from Northern, California

    This is so true! Or even a dozen eggs! I found the modernization over the past 100 years to be shocking. What a difference a few years can make. Thank you for the comments!

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    8 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

    I wish we can still buy a pound of coffee with 15 cents. You can't even buy candy with 15 cents now.

  • K9keystrokes profile imageAUTHOR

    India Arnold 

    8 years ago from Northern, California

    Thanks for the comment Randy~ I agree, a little bit of then with a little bit of now may well be the perfect combination.

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    Randy Godwin 

    8 years ago from Southern Georgia

    Too bad we cannot have some of both 1910 and 2010 aspects! I'm sure we would each have our own particular choices! Interesting hub!


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