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: Fascinating Facts from 1906
Fascinating Facts from 1906
Think they had it better in the "Good ole days"? Well, maybe there were some advantages to the slower, quieter lifestyle of a century ago. But, man, we've got it good in a lot of other ways. Quit whining and count your blessings!
Here are some of the U.S. statistics for the Year 1906:
The average life expectancy in the US. 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,
-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 by 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. (EEEWW!)
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
4. 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 only 30!
Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and ice tea hadn't been invented yet.
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." (!?!)
Eighteen percent of households in the US had at least one full-time servant or domestic help.
There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A.
Today, I post this information, and within SECONDS, it is available worldwide.
Now, having read this, try to imagine what it might be like in another 100 years.
*** Tomorrow, some funny predictions from earlier years...
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