Sunday, June 17, 2007

The Good Ole Days?

What a difference a century makes: Life in 1902
*The average life expectancy in the US was forty-seven.
*Only 14 Percent of the homes in the US had a bathtub.
*Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone. A three-minute call from Denver to New York City cost eleven dollars.
*There were only 8,000 cars in the US 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 residents, 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 an hour.
*The average US 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 US took place at home.
*Ninety percent of all US 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 cost 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 US were:
Pneumonia and influenza
Heart disease

*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 30.
*Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented.
*There were no Mother's Day or Father's Day.
*One in ten US 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 corner drugstores. *According to one pharmacist, "Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and the bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health."
*Eighteen percent of households in the US had at least one full-time servant or domestic.
*There were only about 230 reported murders in the entire country of the United States of America for the whole year of 1902.
(Group Publishing)

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