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One Hundred Years Ago

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The**year is 1904 ...
one hundred years ago.
What a difference a century makes!
Here are some of the U.S. statistics for 1904:

The average life expectancy in the U.S. was 47 years.

Only 14% of the homes in the U.S. had a bathtub.

Only 8% of the homes had a telephone.

A three-minute call from Denver to New York City cost $11.00

There were only 8,000 cars in the US, 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 residents, 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 an hour.**You didn't make a
lot of money but it was yours......as there was no "INCOME" tax or SS to
pay then.......

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.

A mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.

More than 95 percent of all births in the U.S. took place at home.

Ninety % of all U.S. physicians had no college education. Instead, they
attended 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 prohibiting poor people from entering the country
for any**reason.

The 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 30!

Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented.

There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day..

Two of 10 U.S. adults couldn't read or write. Only 6 % of all Americans
had graduated high school.

Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at
corner*drugstores. According to one pharmacist, "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.

There were only about 230 reported murders in the entire U.S.
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