“Reckless automobile driving arouses the suspicion that much of the horse sense of the good old days was possessed by the horse.” ~ Unknown
While out on errands, I pulled into a parking lot and my eyes fell upon this sweet ride. Unfortunately, I left the house without my supercalifragilisticexpialidocious camera and had to rely on my cell phone for photographs. The 5th owner, John Matish, told me that every part of 1928 Model 27 Buick is original. Hmm, so this car’s designer actually HAD a plan for an automobile that outlasted its payments! I was surprised to learn that the frame is made of wood with sheet metal nailed to it by men that were cabinet makers and likely veterans of the First World War. It also features hard wood floors. An inspection sticker from 1949 remained in one window. The car was due again for inspection in December, 1950. And Thomas thought I was a scofflaw for having an overdue inspection sticker on my vehicle for five years. What can I say? I’ve got things to do, people to see, blog posts to write… Looking at the car made me consider what life was like in 1928.
- There were 106,521,537 people in the United States (today there are 311,617,000).
- Eighty-three years ago the average life expectancy for men was 53.6 years and for women 54.6 years.
- The literacy rate reached a new low of 6 percent of the population.
- The average annual income was $1236
- The Dow Jones hit a high of 100.
- There were only 387,000 miles of paved road in the U.S.
- Gas was 21 cents per gallon
- The electric shaver was patented
- The Woolworth Building in New York was the tallest building in the world at 791 feet.
- Mickey Mouse first appeared in “Steamboat Willy”.
- Maidenform was founded by Ida Rosenthal, the company defined familiar bra sizes like A, B, C & D.
- Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin.
- Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly east across the Atlantic Ocean.