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Topic: Trying (Futilely) To Keep Up
Posted by Everyman - 10:56:38 EST

I do not tag this as nostalgia - a trip down memory lane - because of course I was not alive to experience any of it, and neither were you, or Gerard, for that matter, who dishes it up for us.


Great vehicle though.

The year is 1910, over one hundred years ago.

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.

I'm pretty sure that neither of my parents, born only four days apart in 1910, ever rode in such an elegant enterprise, although of course there's no way to know that now. Both came from pretty humble circumstances - my dad the son of homesteaders in Oregon - in which decent shoes were probably in short supply, and clothes were routinely handed down, one child to the next.

You might want to step into the way-back machine for the full flavor of what 1910 must have been like, day-to-day.

Kinda cool.


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