Friday, July 30, 2010

A look back and hopefully, a helpful coupon link

First a fun look back. I got this in an email today. The car pictured is a Ford Model R, listed in the email as a 1910 model. In truth, the Model R had a limited production between 1906 and 1908. Even if some of the other "facts" listed below are off a bit, it still illustrates how things have changed in ten decades.


THE YEAR IS 1910

One hundred years ago. What a difference a century makes!
Here are some statistics for the Year 1910:

The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.
Fuel for this 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, 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 no Mother's Day or Father's Day.
Two out of every 10 adults couldn't read or write.
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'
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.
I am now going to forward this to someone else without typing it myself. From there, it will be sent to others all over the world - all in a matter of seconds!
Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years.

It staggers the mind, doesn't it?

And now, for the hopefully helpful link to prescription drug discounts...

I just got this link this morning so I haven't tried it myself, but the link came from a friend, not a random mass emailing. There is no enrollment, there are no fees. You simply find the prescription you are taking in the list and print the coupon for it. It should be redeemable at most pharmacies. There is a list of big name chains on the right of the home page. If the prescription is already discounted at your drugstore, you may not get the full amount in savings (read the FAQ section), but ever little bit saved helps.

Clickable link:  Your Rx Discounts

I hope I don't wind up with egg on my face if this doesn't work, but I am offering it with the best intentions. I only have one ongoing prescription and it isn't due to be refilled for almost two months. Good luck! 

2 comments:

Kelli said...

LOVE those fun facts! Some of them really make you think....only 14% of homes had bathtubs? Women washed their hair only once a month??? ICK! We are definitely spoiled by technology but I also think we smell better, too! (With the exception of the lady who sat next to me at the ballgame Tuesday... ;) )

Chatty Crone said...

Interesting facts -

I borrowed your cartoon from yesterday and gave you credit - hope that was okay.

sandie