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.