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Saturday, August 19, 2006

101 Years Ago

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 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 mose cities was 10 mph.
Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa and Tennessee were each more 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 Eifel 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,ooo. per year.
More than 95 percent of all births took place at home.
Ninety percent of all U.S. doctors had no college education, instead they attended a 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
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 LasVegas, Nevada was only 30!
Crossword puzzles, canned beer and ice tea had not been invented yet.
There was no Mother's or Father's day.
Two out of every ten adults could not read or write.

Only six percent of all Anericans had graduated from high school.
Marijuana, heroin and morphine were all available over the counter at local corner drugstores.
Back then the pharmacist said, "Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind and regulated the stomach and bowels and is, in fact a perfect guardian to 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.

(the car is a 1906 Cadillac)

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