Sunday, October 26, 2008

US 102 Years Ago

The year is 1906.
One hundred and two years ago.
What a difference a century makes!
Here are some of the U.S. statistics for the Year 1906:

  • 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. 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 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 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. Back then 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.” ( Shocking? DUH! )
  • 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.A. !

Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years.



Anonymous said...

Diarrhea is a symptom, not an illness. It doesn't cause death.

Anonymous said...

Diarrhea causes dehydration, and as a symptom of several gastrointestinal illnesses, can kill. Since most doctors were fairly uneducated, many probably didn't know the difference between Giardia (AKA Montezuma's Revenge), cholera or any number of diseases that presented diarrhea as a symptom. Therefore, diarrhea as a top cause of death in 1906 does make some sense.

Anonymous said...

wrong, Diarrhea is an illness and it causes thousands of deaths a year in 3rd-world countries

Anonymous said...

Diarrhea may be a symptom of another underlying illness (ie bacterial infection, parasite) but it does kill mainly by dehydration. This is still a major killer in third world countries.

WHO estimates 2 million childhood deaths a year..

Unknown said...

OK......a WHOLE ARTICLE of interesting facts......and what you all care to talk about it DIARRHEA???!!!.......I would hate to spend a sunday brunch at your house...hahahahaha

Anonymous said...

I enjoy articles like this, but find the "money" comments maddening since there is no comparison to today's monetary values. Why not just say that you someone could buy 500 loaves of bread in 1000 A.D. for $1. (And I made up the numbers)

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