What a difference a century makes!
This will boggle your mind, I know it did mine!
The year is 1907. One hundred years ago.
Here are some of the U.S. statistics for the year 1907:
The average life expectancy in the U.S. was 47 years old.
Five leading causes of death in the U.S. were:
1. Pneumonia and influenza
4. Heart disease
Only 14 percent of the homes in the U.S. had a bathtub.
Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
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 made about $2,500 per year.
A veterinarian made about $1,500 per year.
A mechanical engineer made 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.”
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.”
Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.
There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE United States!
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 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!
Sugar cost four cents a pound.
Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.
Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.
Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn’t been invented yet.
There was no Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.
Just try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years. It boggles the mind!