Life in the 1900’s
Life in the 1900’s was depressing and was an era filled with
extremely hard and strenous work that didn’t offer any future for the
average canadian in doing better. If you were an average wage earner
you would be virtually stuck in the same job for the rest of your
life, while rich maintained their wealth mainly caused by the low
taxes. Living conditions were poor for average canadians and even
worse for the arriving immigrants. At this time some of the modern
convienences were just being invented and even if it were for sale
only the extremely rich had the option of purchasing the items. Sports
being very new, in the aspect of it being organized was small time
compared to present day.
Travelling required time and was uncomfortable. Only the rich could
have the luxurious accomadations for those long journeys. Many jobs
were available to most people but you were under constant scrutiny
while working and would have to be willing to do any thing the boss
wanted. I believe my friends and I would most likely resent and
despise it if we had to live in the 1900’s.
During the 1900’s horses played a significant role in the everyday
life. A horse drawn carriage would bring a docter to the house of
where a baby would be
cemetery when somebody died. Farmers used them to pull their ploughs
while town dwellers kept them for transportation around town. Horses
puled delivery wagons for businesses such as bakery, dairy, and coal
company. Horses pulled fire engines through the streets in a fire
The bicycle was widely accepted by canadians because of its easy
maintence compared to a horse. The bike allowed an option of
transportation. The bicycle also gave a sense of freedom to virtually
anybody willing to learn.
Henry Ford revolutionized the world we live in by inventing the
“horseless carriage”, if it had not been for him, instead of taking
the GO bus in the morning we’d be riding a horse named Wanda. Not only
did his invention offer a method of transportation to the public, but
it helped with our emergency services such as fire engines, police
cars, and ambulances. Now we have a large variety of cars to choose
from varying in size and price. He also brought a large profitable
industry to North America…The car industry. Back then there weren’t
many problems that they created. Today, we have our deteriorating
ozone layer, poisonous chemicals that come from exhaust fumes
(CO2)(Carbon Monoxide). Not to mention the traffic accidents, parking
problems and traffic jams in downtown Toronto.
11 years previous to WW I Orville and Wilbur Wright made a successful
flight in the first airplane at the beach of Kitty Hawk, North
Carolina. Although the flight only lasted 12 seconds it would change
the way we see the world.
The telephone allowed the houseneeds to be satisfied without leaving
they’re homes. Women received an oppurtunity to work as a a switch
I don’t know if I can stress the importance of Marconi’s invention
enough. But I can say, that without it not only would there be no T.V.
or radio there would be a lot of unemployed people right now(even more
unemployed than now!!!). The reason for that is radio provides people
with jobs such as DJ’s, musical programmers etc. Also, radio is a
major form of advertising, without it there would not be as many
advertising agencies or as many positions in this field. Without T.V.,
advertising agencies would also face the same consequences. T.V.
provides millions of people with employment in commercials, T.V.
shows, and movies.
Baseball was the most popular sport in the United States where the
World Series began in 1903. Tom Longboat was born in Brantford,
Ontario and was known for outrunning a horse over a 19 km coarse. He
set a record of 2 hours, 24 min and 24 seconds when he ran the Boston
Jan 22/1901 Queen Victoria died at the age of 63 years. The Queens
reign stretched across the globe. With her death came modernization.
In the early 1900’s horses were being used extensivley for all
transportating duties and some manual labor jobs. A few years later
the bicycle hit Canada and presented the Canadians with a better
option of transportation mainly because of the simplicity of
maintence. During these other discoveries the automobile was being
perfected for use by the general public. By the 1920’s the automobile
was no longer a rich man’s toy and was being used by many people. 1903