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THE YEAR WAS 1905
Maybe this will boggle your mind, l know it did mine! The year was 1905. One hundred years ago. What a difference a century makes! Here are some of the U.S. statistics for the year of 1905.
The average life expectancy in the U.S. was forty-seven years old.
Only fourteen percent of the homes in the U.S. had a bathtub.
Only eight percent of the homes had a telephone.
A three-minute call from Denver to New York City cost eleven dollars.
There were only eight thousand cars in the U.S., and only one hundred forty-four miles of paved roads.
The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee were each more heavily populated than California. With a mere 1.4 million residents, California was only the twenty-first most populous state in the Union.
The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower!
The average wage in the U.S. was twenty-two cents an hour.
The average U.S. worker made between $200 and $400 per year.
A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year, a dentist $2,500 per year,
a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.
More than ninty-five percent of all births in the U.S. took place at home.
Ninety percent of all U.S. physicians had no college education. Instead, they attended medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press and by the government as substandard.
Sugar cost four cents a pound.
Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.
Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.
Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
Canada passed a law prohibiting poor people from entering the country for any reason.
The five leading causes of death in the U.S. were:
- Pneumonia and influenza
- Heart disease
The American flag had forty-five stars. Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Hawaii, and Alaska hadn't been admitted to the Union yet.
The population of Las Vegas, Nevada, was thirty!!!
Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented.
There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.
Two of ten U.S. adults couldn't read or write.
Only six percent of all Americans had graduated high school.
Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at corner drugstores. According to one pharmacist, "Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health." (Shocking!)
Eighteen percent of households in the U.S had at least one full-time servant or domestic.
There were only about two hundred thirty reported murders in the entire U.S.
The above e-mail came to me in a matter of seconds from someone who did't have to type it out either, and now, you are reading it via the internet! Try to imagine how things may be in another one hundred years. It truly staggers the mind!