Teen Life

*Women's fashion of the 1910's included short hair, fluid dresses and big hats decorated with feathers and lace.


*A girls basketball team circa 1910

*In the 1900's, 1 out of every 3 white males aged 25 were living at home with their parents.

*In the 1900s, 3 out of 5 people lived in a town that had a population of 2,500 or smaller.

*Many teenagers wished for a Brownie camera which was made and marketed especially for children to use.

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*One of the most popular types of stores for teenagers to shop were the five-and-ten-cent store, also called the five-and-dime. The favorite place to hang out was at the soda fountain or lunch counter. The father of the dime store was Frank Winfield Woolworth who opened his first store in Utica NY on Feb. 22, 1879. In 1998, the last Woolworth store closed it's doors being replaced by Dollar Stores and Walmart. 

*Another place young adults loved to shop was by looking through the Sears, Roebuck and Co. catalog. This was often referred to as the "wish catalog."

*In 1903, William S. Harley and Arthur Davidson produced their first motorcycle in their backyard in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Thus the Harley Davidson motorcycle was born.

*A few years later, two brothers started a business called Kellogg as a way to help promote the traditions of their religion practices as Seventh Day Adventists.

*Of course, we do have to mention the Model T; the car made by the Ford Motor Company that became an essential part of American life.

*In 1907 till the early 1930's, the Ziegfeld Follies was one of the most famous American revue. The shows contained singing, skits, and dance numbers. To be a Ziegfeld Girl meant being famous and living the high life.

*A favorite pasttime for many young people was to play and watch baseball.

*Junction City Mandolin Club of 1903. Another form of entertainment for young adults was to go to shows and listen to live music being played in venue's and in city parks.

Caption Information is from:
Pendergast, Sara, and Tom Pendergast. Bowling, Beatniks, and Bell-bottoms: Pop Culture of 20th-century America. Detroit: U X L, 2002. Print.

Topics and Concerns

Child labor laws in the 1900s pretty much let any child work in any field to help their families. This meant long hours working very dangerous jobs with often tragic ends.



*Picture of Mary Mallon, aka Typhoid Mary, laying in forced isolation and hospitalization



11 Highlights of 1907 by the Editors of Publications International, Ltd.

1. In 1907, Americans had a life expectancy of just 45.6 year­s for men and 49.9 for women. Even worse, this was the year that typhoid, an abdomi­nal disease spread through water and food supplies, ravaged the nation. 

But alas! Public health officials disc­overed that 47 people stricken with the disease were all from families that employed a cook named Mary. With "Typhoid Mary" safely quarantined, these were the highlights of that year.

2. The World Series was only four years old in 1907. What's more, Ty Cobb was merely 20. But youth was on the side of the Chicago Cubs as they won the World Series, beating Cobb and his Detroit Tigers four games to none. The Series wasn't without its share of drama -- the first game was called because of darkness.

3. Industrial capitalism was on the rise in 1907 and with it came lots of jobs. New businesses created a need for more clerical help and a new "white collar" mentality was born. More and more workers received a salary instead of an hourly wage. Retail jobs also flourished, and women were working more than ever before.

4. Way before the TV network and even before the Ryan and Tatum O'Neal film, the word nickelodeon meant a small neighborhood theater where people would gather to see a movie. The cost? A nickel, of course! These theaters held about 200 people and featured live piano music before each show. Movies were comedic sketches, animal acts, or vaudeville acts that lasted around 15 minutes each.

5. A lucky few enjoyed phonographs in 1907, but the most common way to hear a new song was by piano. People would trade, borrow, and collect the sheet music to their favorite songs. A popular choice was George M. Cohan's "You're a Grand Old Rag" from his hit Broadway musical George Washington, Jr. The song quickly spread beyond New York City and became a staple in piano benches across the country. Eventually, Cohan changed the title to "You're a Grand Old Flag," and the song remains a national treasure.

6. In 1907, America was at war against tuberculosis, which killed hundreds of people from the 1880s to the 1950s. 

7. To complement their pale complexions, survivors opted for masses of ringlets, thanks to the invention of the waving iron in the 1870s. Hair coloring was frowned upon, but the brave went for it anyway, using herbs, rust, and other concoctions. To promote hair growth, petroleum jelly, castor oil, and gallic acid were also part of the beauty arsenal.

8. Ladies of the early 20th century certainly didn't show much skin. However, they were very creative in enhancing their fully clothed silhouettes. The hourglass figure was highly coveted, but if you weren't a full-bodied woman by nature, you simply had to work harder. Corset strings were pulled so tightly that the hips were forced back and the chest thrust forward creating a "monobosom." But things loosened up a tad after dark. To show off their fine jewelry, women of 1907 wore low sweetheart necklines often accented with feathered boas.

9. When Australian long-distance swimmer Annette Kellerman decided to swim at Boston's Revere Beach in a one-piece bathing suit -- without a skirt -- she was arrested. The charge? Indecent exposure, of course! The 22 year old wasn't the only one under scrutiny. Even infants were required to wear complete bathing costumes in the land of the free until a quarter of a century later.

10. By 1907, U.S. power companies were growing in technology and scale. As a result, life became a little easier for housewives, especially when the Thor washing machine was introduced by Hurley Machine Company of Chicago. To go with the Thor, a company in Düsseldorf, Germany, came up with the first household detergent in the same year. It was called Persil.

11. Seattle entrepreneur James E. Casey was only 19 in 1907 when he borrowed $100 to create a delivery service he called the American Messenger Company. He and his friends ran errands and delivered packages and trays of food. Most deliveries were done on foot, with longer trips made via bicycle. A Model T Ford was added six years later and the name was changed to Merchants Parcel Delivery. By 1919, the company had expanded beyond Seattle and was renamed United Parcel Service.

Famous People of the 1900s

Louis Armstrong: Jazz great
Buster Brown: Buster Brown and his bulldog Tige was a popular comic strip.
Charlie Chaplin: Silent Film actor
Ty Cobb: Popular professional baseball player
Harry Houdini: Magician, escape artist
Buster KeatonSilent Film actor and comedian
Jack London: famous author of popular adventure novels published in the 1900s.
Rudolph Valentino: Film actor considered to be the "Great Lover" of the 1920s
William McKinley: U.S. President of the United States in 1900

Food and Drink: a list of food and drinks invented in the 1990s

Music and more of the 1900s

*A young man listening to a gramophone

*The Dime novels were very popular. Readers where encouraged to collect and read entire series over their favorite hero. The novels were printed on cheap paper and sold for only a dime which helped to encourage their popularity and affordability.