We have almost a white out with all the snow
we’re getting and that makes me think of one
thing, besides snow angels, old cars.
A friend sent a picture of the 1910 Model
T Ford along with some statistics. The car
shown was built on November 11, 1910 and was
delivered to Mr. R.E. Lawrence of Astoria,
What makes this Model T different from
others in 1910 is that it was the first one
produced with a steel body.
In 1910 you could get the Model T as a
touring car, a tourabout, a runabout, a town
car, a landaulet, a coupe, or just the bare
chassis to those who wanted to build their
The touring car sold for the princely sum
of $950 in 1910. And if you wanted fuel for
the car, you had to go to a drug store to
Now let’s look at some statistics:
The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.
The five leading causes of death were:
1. Pneumonia and influenza
4. Heart disease
The average US wage in 1910 was 22 cents per hour.
The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year.
Ninety percent of all Doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION!
Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press AND the government as ‘substandard.’
More than 95 percent of all births took place at HOME.
The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower!
Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.
Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.
There was no such thing as under arm deodorant or tooth paste.
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 and only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.
The American flag had 45 stars.
And there were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A.!
That concludes this primer on the 1910 Model
T and the year that was. Please return your
seats to the upright position and leave by
the center aisle.
Comments are always welcome.