Thursday, April 26, 2007

101 Years Ago

I got this in a forwarded e-mail. I thought it was a pretty interesting look at life 101 years ago!

?? THE YEAR 1906 ??
This will boggle your mind, I know it did mine !
The year is 1906.
One hundred and one years ago.
What a difference a century makes !
Here are some of the U.S. statistics for the Year 1906
The average life expectancy in the U.S. was 47

A three-minute call from Denver to New York City
cost eleven dollars.

There were only 8,000 cars in the U.S.,and only 144 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 people, California was only the 21st
most populous state in the Union.

The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower !

The average wage in the US. was 22 cents per 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 95 percent of all births in the U.S. took place at HOME.

Ninety percent of all U.S. doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION !
Instead, they attended so-called medical schools,
many of which were condemned in the press AND the government
as "sub-standard."

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. (EE-EWW)

Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from
entering into their country for any reason.

The Five leading causes of death in the U.S. were:
1. Pneumonia and influenza
2. Tuberculosis
3. Diarrhea
4. Heart disease
5. Stroke

The American flag had 45 stars.
Arizona , Oklahoma, New Mexico, Hawaii, and
Alaska hadn't been admitted to the Union yet.

The population of Las Vegas, Nevada, was only 30 !!!!

Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea
hadn't been invented yet. (What would you have done,
Cheryl???) :o)

There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.

Two out of every 10 U.S. adults couldn't read or write.
Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.

Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over
the counter at the local corner drugstores.
Pharmacists said, "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 help.

There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A. !

Now having read this try to imagine what it may be like in another
101 years.


Clyde said...

About your blog name, I don't think you're freckled.

Chantay said...

Thank God for modern advances, and yet, I often yearn for those simpler (cheaper) times.

Becky said...

WOW! what a difference a century does make. i learned something new today. thank you. for the next week or so i will probably be found shring what i learned. :)

Becky said...

oh yes and do you mind if i post this on my blog? i think a lot of people who regularly view my blog will find this very interesting.

Joni said...

Welcome to my blog! I saw that you posted this one on your blog. That's fine with me!