1906 IN REVIEW
Forwarded by rvee
What a difference a century makes!
U.S. statistics one hundred years ago.
- The average life expectancy in the U.S. was 47 years.
- Only 14 percent of the homes in the U.S. 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 U.S., and only 144 miles of paved roads.
- The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
- Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee each had more people than California. With a mere 1.4 million people, California was only the 21st most populous state.
- The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.
- The average wage in the U.S. was 22 cents per hour — $200-400 per year.
- A competent accountant could expect to earn $2,000 per year… a dentist $2,500… veterinarian $1,500-4,000…and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.
- More than 95 percent of all births in the U.S. took place at home.
- 90% of all U.S. doctors had no college education. Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many condemned by press and government as “substandard.”
- Sugar cost 4¢ per pound… eggs 14¢ per dozen… coffee 15¢ per pound.
- Women washed their hair only once a month using borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
- Canada passed a law banning poor people from their country for any reason.
- The leading causes of death in the U.S. were: pneumonia and influenza… tuberculosis… diarrhea… heart disease… 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 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.
- 18% of U.S. households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help.
- There were about 230 reported murders in the entire U.S.A.
Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years.