Wednesday, January 11, 2006

It Staggers The Mind

Now mind you, this is something THEY TELL ME ABOUT,   But it's really interesting.  Some of these things my Granparents told me about when I was a kid.  As old as I am (& sometimes feel) HONESLY, TRULY I  wasn't here in 1905!  LOL
Merry > 1905
> Turn the Clock back 100 hears to =

 THE YEAR 1905
> The year is 1905. One hundred years ago!?
> What a difference a century makes!
> 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. (Wish they still were.)
> 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. (And we Canadians think we're so nice 
> That must be why we got all those remittance men, rotten bounders from
> wealthy families who didn't want any more to do with them.)
> Five leading causes of death in the U.S. were:

>  1. Pneumonia and Influenza
> 2. Tuberculosis
>  3 .Diarrhea (big killer of babies)
>  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 Las Vegas, Nevada, was only 30!
> Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced 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. (Not sure we
> have improved on this one.)
> 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."?
> (Shocking!)
> 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.
> And I forwarded

>  this from someone else without typing it out myself and sent it to
> you in a matter of seconds!  Imagine what it may be like in another
> 100 years.  It staggers the mind.

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