How was life 100 years ago


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Life 100 years ago


100 years ago there was no computer, no television and no radio. There were also very few cars - just like airplanes. Life was almost primitive by our standards.

The childhood

Childhood 100 years ago was tough. Education was not guaranteed, and neither was a long life. Due to many illnesses, a lack of medicine and a lack of research, the average age was 47 years.


The school 100 years ago had only a few rooms. The teacher lived in one of them. Then there was a classroom for all years. The first graders sat in the front and the higher grades in the back. The classes consisted almost entirely of boys, as girls mostly helped with the household.

The boys had to follow strict rules in class. They were only allowed to speak when asked to do so. Anyone who broke the rules was punished with a cane. Those who were wise would put a notebook in their back pockets or trousers to ease the pain of being hit on the buttocks. At that time, the students learned the first letter i, hence the name i-male.

The industrial revolution

100 years ago, many important inventions, such as the car, resulted in a great boom in Germany. Large factories were built and even more people moved to the cities. That was the industrial revolution. But in the country almost nothing was known of this change. The people who worked in such a factory were very happy, even though the working hours were long and the wages poor. The employees in offices or other important jobs were better off. even if there wasn't even a typewriter, the conditions were very good.

The car

The car was invented in 1886. But only a few found out about the invention and even fewer owned a car. They were very rich people. Back then, when people traveled, if they did at all, they did so by rail. At that time it was the most important means of transport.


100 years ago the food industry was not as developed as it is today. Above all, this relates to the care with which all foods are tested these days. So the food was very unhealthy. Nobody knew that for the time being, so nothing was done about it. Things got worse from the middle of the 19th century. Synthetic dyes were developed that were used to color foods from now on. But many of these dyes are poisonous. As a result, a great many people poisoned themselves in the 19th century. However, nobody died because the amount of color in the food was always very small. But the new dyes were very cheap. Dyes were quickly found everywhere and everything was embellished with them. It wasn't until 1887 that a few dyes were banned when their toxicity was finally recognized. However, many were not banned even though they were poisonous. The German paint industry covered 80% of world demand. chemistry was very important for the economy in Germany. Many poisonous dyes were only banned in the 20th century.