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
2. Tuberculosis
3. Diarrhea
4. Heart disease
5. Stroke

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!

 

Comments

  1. chris morgan says:

    Great stuff, John. Do you mind telling us your source?

    Thanks,
    Chris

  2. And Yet, the Laws of the Universe you are teaching us today are the same laws that operated a century ago. What changed in our awareness and thought patterns?

  3. chris morgan says:

    Great stuff, John. Do you mind telling us your source?

    Thanks,
    Chris

  4. And Yet, the Laws of the Universe you are teaching us today are the same laws that operated a century ago. What changed in our awareness and thought patterns?

  5. hahaha. Great post John, very interesting.

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  6. hahaha. Great post John, very interesting.

    By the way: have you ever heard of the internet plugin Clipmarks? I thought it would be of interest to you considering you do so much reading a research. Here’s a quick tidbit about it:

    “With ClipMarks you can clip the best parts of pages:
    * Save your clips privately or add them to the public library
    * Use ClipSearch to find what you or others have clipped
    * Post clips directly to your blog with Clip-to-Blog™
    * Email clips to your friends
    * Print just the pieces of the page you want.

    I hope maybe that can help you out! Thanks John.

    Sincerely,
    –Sean Simpson
    http://www.myspace.com/vpsean
    http://www.Succeed-With-Me.com

  7. Truly mind boggling. I wonder what they next big thing will be?

  8. Truly mind boggling. I wonder what they next big thing will be?

  9. Wow, it just goes to show all the things that we take for granted! I wonder what the future holds.

  10. Francisco Aguirre says:

    So, if we think and decide to have better things for the next 100 years, we can probably give to our children a better place to live… Let’s do that!!!

  11. Very interesting. It helps one appreciate even more how fortunate we are to live in the 21st century. Also, a brief response to Patricia – it is perhaps not so much a question of what changed in our awareness but simply that our awareness changed. It grew, expanded as all living things do and will continue to do so. Even in our lifetime we are experiencing phenomenal changes in our lives.

  12. Very interesting. It helps one appreciate even more how fortunate we are to live in the 21st century. Also, a brief response to Patricia – it is perhaps not so much a question of what changed in our awareness but simply that our awareness changed. It grew, expanded as all living things do and will continue to do so. Even in our lifetime we are experiencing phenomenal changes in our lives.

  13. Hi, John: I thoroughly enjoyed this. I was born in 1924. I enjoy living,learning, and being part of some of the changes. Life is very interesting! Neva

  14. Hi, John: I thoroughly enjoyed this. I was born in 1924. I enjoy living,learning, and being part of some of the changes. Life is very interesting! Neva

  15. Zipporah Nelson says:

    With technology the way it is, I can only imagine what the next 100 years will be like. Twenty-four hours in a day will seem like six hours. 365 days in a year will appear to be four months. Time is flying at such a fast rate along with new discoveries happening every nano second, it’s kind of frigtening to think how our grandchildren are going to handle the stress of it all.
    I pray that I will live to be at least 125 years old so that I will havethe opportunity to say, “Back in my day…”

  16. Zipporah Nelson says:

    With technology the way it is, I can only imagine what the next 100 years will be like. Twenty-four hours in a day will seem like six hours. 365 days in a year will appear to be four months. Time is flying at such a fast rate along with new discoveries happening every nano second, it’s kind of frigtening to think how our grandchildren are going to handle the stress of it all.
    I pray that I will live to be at least 125 years old so that I will havethe opportunity to say, “Back in my day…”

  17. Stretching it to 3007:
    Sugar may cost $400 a pound, eggs $80 a dozen, coffee $100 a pound. On the flip side, maybe there will be no cars at all. Spiritual advancement and astral projection may redefine travel. And maybe the population of the moon will be 10 million. Is there really a limit to imagination and visualisation resulting in manifestation,,,

  18. Oh, I forgot to mention in my earlier blog: In 3007 there will be no American or any other country flag. Just one Planet Earth Flag, maybe 3 dimentional. What an elating thought!

  19. As always, John an informative post!

    It truly is amazing how things have changed in my own life.

    As a child I grew up with a 3 channel black and white t.v. a “wringer” washing machine, a rotary phone, and a large tin tub, where four of us children were bathed in, once a week, every sunday.

    We still used detergent of sorts to shampoo our hair, eggs were simply too expensive!
    I could go on forever as to the changes in my life alone, and just so you know I AM 49 YEARS YOUNG!

    I watched the progression to color television, the change in major appliances, vehicles, “cordless phones” (which baffled me) to cell phones which baffle me even more!
    The cell phones were the size of a “real” phone, to now the size of a thimble!
    (still baffles me!)

    So many changes, from computers, dial up, people not ever confident to enter a charge card or any info, to doing online banking and heading to the computer with their charge card in hand with complete confidence, ready to shop for everything and everything on line!

    Ongoing into WEB2.0, video, audio, e- books , and blogs like this ONE… to communicate education to the world!

    And the changes are still coming fast and furious!
    I am excited everyday to see what new advances are coming… and still, baffled…lol…

    “What is to come?” its anyones guess, however we are preparing for jobs which we do not even know quite what the those jobs will be or what these employees, will be doing…but some training is going on and as I say, “for what?” only god knows/ rather the universe knows, and really the universe does not yet know.

    As WE, continue to come up with our thoughts, ideas, and action, to create these changes and advancement!

    WE WILL continue to change our world! We are creating these changes.
    Research and developement continues on, as we continue to be educated, or follow /elaborate on some of the ideas of THOSE of from our past…

    Some things will remain the same, however kept in the “secret” for those that know FACT…

    I am a professional hairstylist.
    Most people do not know this fact… there is NO need to ever shampoo our hair, as our hair has a natural way of cleansing itself,
    and our natural oils from the scalp to condition and add shine to the hair!

    The old school medications, such as those mentioned are still used, however as a last resort when traditional, new scientic meds do not work.
    Doctors still turn to medical marijuana, for pain relief, or the relief of nausea, from cancer therapies like chemo etc.
    AS A LAST RESORT….

    Our “advances” are good, actually great, although some of OUR old WAYS are still the better choice (and we do know)they work, using “old school” METHODS, in certain situations… we may be better off.

    Many OF these worked quite well! (and eggs are actually the best thing to use as a great CONDITIONER!

    Some things from THESE previous centuries as you mention above, ARE wonderful advances.

    And as a mother and grandmother, everyday is “mother’s day” if your children are raised to love and respect there mothers unconditionaly, as we love and respect our children unconditionally.(yes this is possible!)

    Mothers day? A hallmark of commercialism…

    Lower speed limits, probably did not kill as many as now, the stats of “vehicle accidents” being one of the top killers,

    along with canned beer…well, lets not go there…

    of course speed limits would be riduculous at 10 mph, wouldn’t get us anywhere…but the fact still remains that “speed” kills!

    What are all of your thoughts on this?

    Readers, John,
    leave your comments here, and check back often…this is the number one blog…in my humble opinion!

    Karin Hiebert

  20. As always, John an informative post!

    It truly is amazing how things have changed in my own life.

    As a child I grew up with a 3 channel black and white t.v. a “wringer” washing machine, a rotary phone, and a large tin tub, where four of us children were bathed in, once a week, every sunday.

    We still used detergent of sorts to shampoo our hair, eggs were simply too expensive!
    I could go on forever as to the changes in my life alone, and just so you know I AM 49 YEARS YOUNG!

    I watched the progression to color television, the change in major appliances, vehicles, “cordless phones” (which baffled me) to cell phones which baffle me even more!
    The cell phones were the size of a “real” phone, to now the size of a thimble!
    (still baffles me!)

    So many changes, from computers, dial up, people not ever confident to enter a charge card or any info, to doing online banking and heading to the computer with their charge card in hand with complete confidence, ready to shop for everything and everything on line!

    Ongoing into WEB2.0, video, audio, e- books , and blogs like this ONE… to communicate education to the world!

    And the changes are still coming fast and furious!
    I am excited everyday to see what new advances are coming… and still, baffled…lol…

    “What is to come?” its anyones guess, however we are preparing for jobs which we do not even know quite what the those jobs will be or what these employees, will be doing…but some training is going on and as I say, “for what?” only god knows/ rather the universe knows, and really the universe does not yet know.

    As WE, continue to come up with our thoughts, ideas, and action, to create these changes and advancement!

    WE WILL continue to change our world! We are creating these changes.
    Research and developement continues on, as we continue to be educated, or follow /elaborate on some of the ideas of THOSE of from our past…

    Some things will remain the same, however kept in the “secret” for those that know FACT…

    I am a professional hairstylist.
    Most people do not know this fact… there is NO need to ever shampoo our hair, as our hair has a natural way of cleansing itself,
    and our natural oils from the scalp to condition and add shine to the hair!

    The old school medications, such as those mentioned are still used, however as a last resort when traditional, new scientic meds do not work.
    Doctors still turn to medical marijuana, for pain relief, or the relief of nausea, from cancer therapies like chemo etc.
    AS A LAST RESORT….

    Our “advances” are good, actually great, although some of OUR old WAYS are still the better choice (and we do know)they work, using “old school” METHODS, in certain situations… we may be better off.

    Many OF these worked quite well! (and eggs are actually the best thing to use as a great CONDITIONER!

    Some things from THESE previous centuries as you mention above, ARE wonderful advances.

    And as a mother and grandmother, everyday is “mother’s day” if your children are raised to love and respect there mothers unconditionaly, as we love and respect our children unconditionally.(yes this is possible!)

    Mothers day? A hallmark of commercialism…

    Lower speed limits, probably did not kill as many as now, the stats of “vehicle accidents” being one of the top killers,

    along with canned beer…well, lets not go there…

    of course speed limits would be riduculous at 10 mph, wouldn’t get us anywhere…but the fact still remains that “speed” kills!

    What are all of your thoughts on this?

    Readers, John,
    leave your comments here, and check back often…this is the number one blog…in my humble opinion!

    Karin Hiebert

  21. I consistently read a variety of magazines from scientic journals on health to what we are learning about the cosmos and all i can say is that the next 20 years will surely be ones of awe and spleandour!

  22. I consistently read a variety of magazines from scientic journals on health to what we are learning about the cosmos and all i can say is that the next 20 years will surely be ones of awe and spleandour!

  23. Hi.it is wonderful for me.please send this text to president of u.s.a .

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  25. Hi John, I am surprised at how things were and what the future holds if we do nothing to better our awareness. It is time to act as soon as yesterday.
    Raymond

  26. Hi John, I am surprised at how things were and what the future holds if we do nothing to better our awareness. It is time to act as soon as yesterday.
    Raymond

  27. I’m 84 so I saw and used a number of the utensils of the time.We had our first car in 30,our electric washing machine in41 and so on but it was a good time to grow up.We had food and handmedown clothes and shelter.We canned our food for winter and only bought suger and coffe and flour.We were happy.

  28. HA HA HA HA HA
    Most everyone was a dope addict then ? Everyone was high and acive ( no slackers )

  29. HA HA HA HA HA
    Most everyone was a dope addict then ? Everyone was high and acive ( no slackers )

  30. I received this a while ago as viral email but it was sure fun to read again on your blog! Plus I loved reading everone’s comments. 🙂

  31. I received this a while ago as viral email but it was sure fun to read again on your blog! Plus I loved reading everone’s comments. 🙂

  32. EDGAR S. RULONA says:

    I can’t imagine what their life had been. We are indeed very lucky to be living today with the latest progress and technology at hand. And still our life has become better and better everyday thru science and technology.

  33. EDGAR S. RULONA says:

    I can’t imagine what their life had been. We are indeed very lucky to be living today with the latest progress and technology at hand. And still our life has become better and better everyday thru science and technology.

  34. elham alizadeh says:

    deer Karin Hiebert
    I read your comments,it was amusing,I liked it much,I agree with some of your ideas about the past,but we can not ignore all the success took place in these 100 years.
    maybe we have bothered ourselves in so many ways,but after all we can’t avoid going forward!

  35. Kathy Judson says:

    At a family gathering this summer we were talking about many of these things. Age range was My Aunt at 94, Mom at 87 both as sharp as ever both physically and mentally and down to the Great great grandson! 5 generations – amazing what the older ones have seen in thier lifetime, but as they said it is even more amazing what the “kids” see in a week!!

  36. Kathy Judson says:

    At a family gathering this summer we were talking about many of these things. Age range was My Aunt at 94, Mom at 87 both as sharp as ever both physically and mentally and down to the Great great grandson! 5 generations – amazing what the older ones have seen in thier lifetime, but as they said it is even more amazing what the “kids” see in a week!!

  37. I we could NEVER ignore the successes, advancements and incredible progress we have made, and continue to make!
    a lot of things are in my opinion still based on the old becoming new, bigger, better more advanced.
    it is like the telephone and electicity…we have learned from it, to work with it! to create advances, often our pasts dictates where or how these advances are coming from…
    Will we reinvent the wheel…I don’t know, will we advance on the wheel? make it bigger, better, smaller faster? who knows?
    we are creating jobs and teaching and training people for jobs which don’t even exist! might not make sense to some…
    regarding John’s post;
    I consistently read a variety of magazines from scientic journals on health to what we are learning about the cosmos and all i can say is that the next 20 years will surely be ones of awe and spleandour!
    I, karin, couldn’t agree more!
    I too read this type of information as this is all of great interest to me…it does make one think and wonder about what is next to come, and what the next 100 years will look like!
    too bad on won’t be here to see it, however, you never know advancement may find a way of keeping me here! lol

  38. I we could NEVER ignore the successes, advancements and incredible progress we have made, and continue to make!
    a lot of things are in my opinion still based on the old becoming new, bigger, better more advanced.
    it is like the telephone and electicity…we have learned from it, to work with it! to create advances, often our pasts dictates where or how these advances are coming from…
    Will we reinvent the wheel…I don’t know, will we advance on the wheel? make it bigger, better, smaller faster? who knows?
    we are creating jobs and teaching and training people for jobs which don’t even exist! might not make sense to some…
    regarding John’s post;
    I consistently read a variety of magazines from scientic journals on health to what we are learning about the cosmos and all i can say is that the next 20 years will surely be ones of awe and spleandour!
    I, karin, couldn’t agree more!
    I too read this type of information as this is all of great interest to me…it does make one think and wonder about what is next to come, and what the next 100 years will look like!
    too bad on won’t be here to see it, however, you never know advancement may find a way of keeping me here! lol

  39. One point I am convinced about from Karin Hiebert’s post is that the next 20 years will certainly be of awe and splendour. Everything else could be pure conjecture. We are in for some awesome and mind scrambling surprises with advancements in all spheres of life. The last century saw leaps in technology. The coming century (more so the next 20 years) may unveil formidable advances in metaphysics, parapsychology, even spirituality and the cummulative effect may lead to the absolute awe and splendour we speak of. Let’s wait and watch for unfolding marvels with anticipation and bated breath. Hopefully we are about to witness the most phenomenal period of this planet’s history. To my mind the icing, utopian as it appears, would be if humankind is able to rid itself of hate, envy, anger and like negativities and rise towards peace and harmony for all.

  40. I whole heartedly agree with this previous post! It was a pleasure to read such a well written, and articualate comment! The awe and spendour of all of that which we currently see, the viewing of it, the feeling of it, and speaking of it, will be magnified and we will once again be in the intense wonder of “what next?”
    I have three adult children, and enjoy listening to them as they see the world currently and as they see the world in it’s coming in there minds and eye.
    When listening to their thoughts, opinins and ideas, of the present and future (as they also sit and “text” message a friend typing a mile a minute on this miniture cell phone) I find myself, wondering if they know just how great of a time they were born into, and if they have the same wonder as I do as to how these phones work, or how electicity works. I have asked them this question, and their answer is, “does it matter? it just works and we use it!”
    Kind of reminds of the part in the movie “the secret” Proctor speaks on electricity, and how no one really knows “how” it works, it just does…
    I enjoyed reading your last 2 sentences and hope for the same!

    “To my mind the icing, utopian as it appears, would be if humankind is able to rid itself of hate, envy, anger and like negativities and rise towards peace and harmony for all.”
    A beautiful thought of hope.

  41. I whole heartedly agree with this previous post! It was a pleasure to read such a well written, and articualate comment! The awe and spendour of all of that which we currently see, the viewing of it, the feeling of it, and speaking of it, will be magnified and we will once again be in the intense wonder of “what next?”
    I have three adult children, and enjoy listening to them as they see the world currently and as they see the world in it’s coming in there minds and eye.
    When listening to their thoughts, opinins and ideas, of the present and future (as they also sit and “text” message a friend typing a mile a minute on this miniture cell phone) I find myself, wondering if they know just how great of a time they were born into, and if they have the same wonder as I do as to how these phones work, or how electicity works. I have asked them this question, and their answer is, “does it matter? it just works and we use it!”
    Kind of reminds of the part in the movie “the secret” Proctor speaks on electricity, and how no one really knows “how” it works, it just does…
    I enjoyed reading your last 2 sentences and hope for the same!

    “To my mind the icing, utopian as it appears, would be if humankind is able to rid itself of hate, envy, anger and like negativities and rise towards peace and harmony for all.”
    A beautiful thought of hope.

  42. Karin, thank you for your appreciative words. John, I also need to thank you (truly apologise for not having done it earlier) for such a lovely post which sets our imagination whirring at high speed.
    The piece about the new generation (does it matter? It just works and we use it) reminds me of something I had read a long while ago. A son tell his father ” Our generation has all the technology. We have the best audio visual systems, the best multi functional cell phones, fast computers, the internet, sleekest cars, the fastest supersonic jets. Our generation has everything to make life easier with comforts and luxuries. Dad, what has your generation done?”
    Dad quipped ” We spent the best years of our lives developing all these comforts and luxuries so your generation could enjoy them. Now the question is – what are you doing for the coming generation?” Well, this is just in a light vein. The Great Puppeteer will surely devise ways to make all coming generations “understand” as he did with ours and countless generations before us. I visualise not just a ray but bright sun beams of Hope for the next hundred years. May we all be there to enjoy a good part of it all.