It was 100 years ago that Charlie Chaplin played one of his most unforgettable roles. Let’s take a look back at what life looked like back in 1914.

It was an exciting time to be alive, as great inventors were making major changes in all disciplines. Electricity was introduced to suburban houses and new latest gadgets were being planned. Washing machines and Vacuum cleaners had just become famous and not everyone could afford to buy. The telephone was another hot new product, with millions of homes already connected by switchboard. For toaster, it took ten years for practicality to be fully realized. According to the people, the greatest invention compared to all other inventions was sliced bread which was born in Missouri.

The first TV was created in 1924, however not sold-out till 1947. Radios were used for news, music, and entertainment. The first computer was a government computer in 1947 that filled a room with the machinery it took to run it. There was no Internet and desktop computers weren’t sold until the late 1970’s. Dr.Martin Cooper invented the first cell phone known as Motorola and sold for government use. There were no CD’s, no tape, no recording devices, and no DVD’s.  The Great Train Robbery was the first movie with sound. The first color movie was Wizard of OZ and to have color in it they had to hand color the film.

People ate the same basic goods we eat now. Milk, butter, and eggs were kept in an icebox so it would not get spoiled. There were no frozen food, so fruits, vegetables, beans, rice, wheat had to be canned. Meat had to be hunted and fresh killed since home refrigerators didn’t exist. Only some households could afford to have chicken and meat. Bread was baked fresh daily since they did not add preservatives. City dwellers bought bread from bakeries.  Most Householders usually had a garden for fruit and vegetables. There was not as much variety since junk food as we know it today didn’t exist.

Newspapers were the “Facebook” of 1914! Newspaper items told who was going on vacation and who just got home, who was sick and who just recovered, who invited guests over for lunch and what they ate.

Yes, in 1914 the world was a different place than it is today. Many events in 1914 shaped the lives of people for generations.

  • Stainless steel knives appeared in shops in UK, USA. Called restless steel, they were not successful and were called “knives that don’t cut”.
  • Russia is the world’s largest food exporter. In 100 years Russia drops to 157th rank globally but Russians are fatter than ever and others.
  • Adolf Hitler paints The Alter Hof in Munich in watercolor.
  • Chinese population in 1914 is 441 million. Now it is 1.35 billion.
  • 60% of India ruled directly by Britain and 40% through alliances with native rulers.
  • The first color film showed in Britain – The World, the Flesh and the Devil.
  • The world’s first airline St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line opens service with heavier than air aircraft.
  • Max von Laue won Nobel Prize for discovery of diffraction of Roentgen rays passing through crystals.

These are just a couple of examples of how time has changed and modified our lives over the past one hundred years. The advancements in technology have improved our lives for the better and worse. No one is sure what the future has stored for us.

Facts about 100

  • Cats make 100 different sounds.
  • If you had 100 billion dollars, you could spend 3 million dollars a day, every day, for the next 100 years.
  • As you focus on each word in this sentence, your eyes swing back and forth 100 times a second.
  • The Wright Brothers invented the first airplane over 100 years ago.
  • Elvis Presley has been on Billboards Hot 100 list more than any other singer.
  • The world record for hula hooping is 100 hula hoops at one time by a girl from Australia in 2005.
  • Lastly, this is the 100th Article of Business Buzz!