Alli Snow (allisnow) wrote,
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The year 1905

This is just a forward I got from my mom, and I haven't done any fact checking (hey, I'm Dan Rather!) so I can't vouch for this stuff, but if it's true it's pretty interesting


Here are some of the U.S. statistics for the Year 1905:

  • 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 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 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 $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 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 pneumonia and influenza, tuberculosis, diarrhea, heart disease and 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 only 30

  • Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and ice tea hadn't been invented yet.

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

  • Two out of every 10 U.S. adults couldn't 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 drugstores.

  • Back then pharmacist 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.



Now I forwarded this from someone else without typing it myself, and sent it to you in a matter of seconds! Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years.

New icon, btw. I made it myself, but the subject is Sam from Day by Day.
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