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Old November 14th, 2005, 02:45 PM
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Default the Year is 1905........

The year is 1905. One hundred years ago!
>> > What a difference a century makes!
>> >
>> > Here are some of the U.S. statistics for the Year
>> > 1905:
>> >
>> > 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 were each
>> > more heavily
>> > populated than California. (Wish they still were.)
>> >
>> > 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 U.S. 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 by the government as
>> > "substandard."
>> >
>> > 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.
>> >
>> >
>> > Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from
>> > entering into their
>> > country for any reason.
>> >
>> > 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.
>> >
>> > There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.
>> >
>> > Two out of every 10 U.S. adults couldn't read or
>> > write. (Not sure we
>> > have improved on this one.)
>> >
>> > 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! Back then pharmacist
>> > 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.
>> >
>> > And I forwarded this from someone else without
>> > typing it myself, and
>> > sent it to you in a matter of seconds! Try to
>> > imagine what it may be
>> > like in another 100 years. It staggers
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Old November 14th, 2005, 05:05 PM
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Default The year is 1905

Very informative, Fllady. Keep in mind penicillin wasn't used until the early 40's. My grandmother came here in steerage from Liverpool, England on the twin to the Titanic in 1913. She was nine months pregnant and gave birth three days later to my mother. The poor lady died of rheumatic fever when my mother was 18 months old. If you go into old cemeteries they tell the story of early death.

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