One of my favorite books is WHEN MY GRANDMOTHER WAS A CHILD by Leigh W. Rutledge. It’s simple and fascinating all at the same time. The premise: What was life like in 1900?
Some of the answers might come as a surprise:
- Drive-by shootings where teenaged boys galloped through the streets and shot at horses, carriages, and whatever else they chose was a problem in
and other cities in the West Denver
- Geranium and poppy petals were commonly used by women to stain their lips. In big cities, wealthier women had their cheeks permanently tattooed to give the look of rosy cheeks.
- Most women washed their hair only once a month and used borax or eggshells for shampoo.
- The average life expectancy was 46
- Twenty-year-old Josef Stalin had recently been expelled from the theological seminary where he was studying to be a priest.
- The population of
was 30 Las Vegas
- The average hourly wage was 22 cents
- Nearly 80% of the eligible population voted in the presidential election
- There were more than one million veterans of the Civil War still alive
- Leo Tolstoy, Rudyard Kipling, Edith Wharton, and George Bernard Shaw were on the nation’s bestseller list.
And then there’s this fascinating fact:
- Coca Cola contained cocaine instead of caffeine! No wonder their ad claimed it “puts vim and vigor into tired brains and bodies.”
What do you think our grandchildren will be remembering about us?