By Linda Jones
The year 1905
A friend sent me this via email. I hope
you are as amazed as I was!
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 $11.
- There were only 8,000 cars in the U.S., and only 144 miles of paved
- 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 U.S. was 22 cents per hour.
- The average U.S. worker made between $200-$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 ice tea hadn't been invented
- 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.
- 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.”
- 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.
I copied this from someone else without
typing it myself, and it only took a matter of seconds!
Try to imagine what it may be like in another
It staggers the mind.
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