1909 Canadian Statistics

Here is a list of some interesting facts about life from 1909:

  • The average age of ‘men’ was not more than 47 years.
  • The essence (gasoline) of a ‘Ford 1909’ was sold only in a ‘pharmacy.’
  • Only ‘14% ‘of the houses had a ‘bathtub.’
  • Only ‘8%’ of the houses had the ‘telephone.’
  • There were only 8,000 cars worldwide, and only ‘144 miles’ of road were paved.
  • In almost all cities the speed limit was ’10mph.’
  • The highest structure in the world was the ‘Eiffel Tower.’
  • The average salary in the United States was ‘0.22 cents an hour.’
  • The average wage of American workers was between $ 200 and $ 400 per year.
  • An accountant could earn $ 2,000 in a year, a dentist about $ 2500, a Veterinarian between $ 1500 and $ 4000.  And a mechanical engineer $ 5,000.
  • ‘95%’ of women gave birth in their home 90% of doctors had no college education. Rather, they had frequented what was known as a medical school condemned by the media of the time and governments as under-standardized.
  • The sugar was sold at 0.04 cents a pound. – A dozen eggs were obtained for ‘0.14 cents.’
  • The pound of coffee was at 0.15 cents.
  • Most women would wash their hair ‘once a month’, and they used either Borax or egg yolk as ‘shampoo.’
  • The ‘Canada’ passed a law defending to all poor people to enter the country (refusing entry).
  • The ‘five’ main causes of ‘death’ were: pneumonia or influenza, tuberculosis, diarrhea, heart disease and heart attack.
  • The American flag had 45 stars. (45 States ).
  • In ‘1909’ there were 30 residents in Las Vegas, Nevada (U.S.A .) .
  • The crossword puzzle, cans of beer and the cold tea had not yet been invented.
  • There was no feasts of Mothers and feasts of Fathers.
  • Eight adults on ten could neither read nor write.
  • Only 6% of all Americans had obtained their diploma of secondary.
  • Marijuana , the heroin and morphine were sold to the corner pharmacy as drugs .
  • In ‘1909’, pharmacists were telling us that the heroin was cleaning the complexion , gave of energy to the brain , activated and régulates the stomach and the intestines and that finally it was ‘The Guardian Angel of health . Nice advertising hun!
  • 18%’ of homes had at least one domestic or handmaid to full-time.
  • In ‘1909’ there were 230 killings reported in all ‘U.S.A’.
  • ‘95%’ of the taxes that we pay today did not exist in 1909.

Courtesy of Serge Ferland

Joyce

Joyce Derenas is a historical fiction author who writes stories based on the real lives of her French-Canadian ancestors of the Beauce Valley in Quebec.