Saturday, January 21, 2006

1906: A great year for what?

The year is 1906. One hundred years ago. What a difference a century makes!

Here are some 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 $11.00.

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 $2,000 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 14 cents a dozen, and coffee was 15 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 pneumonia and influenza, tuberculosis, diarrhea, heart disease, and stroke.

The American flag had 45 stars. Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Hawaii, and Alaska had not been admitted to the Union yet.

The population of Las Vegas, Nevada, was only 30.

Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea had not been invented yet.

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

Two out of every 10 U.S. adults could not 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 drugstore. 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."

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.

We've come a long way, America. Try to imagine what our country will be like in another 100 years.


At January 22, 2006 7:11 AM, Blogger Franny said...

Here's hoping things get better for our children's children.

I hope there are no wars, no murders, no poverty and no violence. Looks like we've got some praying to do, eh?

Excellent post motherkitty.

At January 22, 2006 9:19 AM, Blogger Abandoned in Pasadena said...

In 100 years they may be saying..."Can you imagine,something as dangerous as Tylenol was being sold over the counter, as late as 2006."

Very good post. It was very informative.

At January 22, 2006 12:16 PM, Blogger Neo said...

Kitty -Wow, interesting stats!

22 cents an hour?

Man, that is brutal.

Peace & Hugs,

- Neo

At January 23, 2006 4:58 AM, Blogger susan said...

Just catching up on reading blogs, WELCOME BACK!! Enjoying reading your recent thoughts, thanks for sharing. As for 1906, thanks for reminding us how good we have it now.


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