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tacon1    Posted 11-11-2004 at 05:07:58       [Reply]  [No Email]

The year is 1904 ... one hundred years ago. What a difference a century makes!

Here are some of the U.S. statistics for 1904:

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 residents, 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 an 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. physicians had no college education.

Instead, they attended 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 prohibiting poor people from entering the country for any reason.

The five leading causes of death in the U.S were:

1. Pneumonia and influenza

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 Las Vegas, Nevada, was 30!!!

Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented.

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

Two of 10 U.S. adults couldn't read or write.

Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated high school.

Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at corner drugstores.

According to one pharmacist, "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.

There were only about 230 reported murders in the entire U.S.

And 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 ... it staggers the mind.

Farmall    Posted 11-11-2004 at 17:54:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]

a hundred years ago? Heck, my grandpa died in 58. Was in WW1, then farmed alla his life. Only owned 1 tractor, a 34 Case CC which I now have. How would you explain, how a helocopter flys, how the navigational system in new cars works, (his last car being a 39 Ford), How you can put a whole movie on a disc smaller than a 45 record, not to mention how you can get pictures on a disc, or tape players for instance. How you would farm without plowing, pick 20 rows of corn at a time yourself, how new combines could cost over $200.000, how an acre of land could cost $2000, How yould could earn $ 10,000 a year and not hardly make it. How a war could last 10 yrs, how every other marriage ends up in divorce. why nobody uses lard anymore, or cans, or hardly even gardens anymore. Where all the one room schools went, and why. or how they can take a rail car or simi truck van and stretch it 2 or 3 times its length then. why a zip code, why 10 digit phone numbers. Why phones ca n be the same size as a cigerette pack and not have a cord. Why anyone would want to have webtv or putor to talk nightly to people you dont know. How you can pay your bills without leaving the house. what a Wal Mart is and how big it is, why a gas pump talks to you, why everybody locks there cars and houses nowadays, (Tho, he had a 29 Ford Coupe stolen right in frount of his house. The guy had a jacket like my dad wore, and my aunt saws the guy driving off and thought it was my dad. The car was found wrecked in Leveanworth.) How a microwave works, and why nobody hardly uses a stove anymore. Why most country folks dont burn wood or coal anymore. Where all the farmsteads have gone, and why. All this in just 55 years

screaminghollow    Posted 11-11-2004 at 10:39:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
The last hundred years?? heck, things are changing so fast that in ten years, things are all changed around. Neighbor's sister came home after 15 yrs in some third world back water. She had heard of some of the things, but she had never operated a computer, had never seen a gas pump that worked from a credit card. Had never seen a CD or DVD. Movies and TV shows, that have given us phrases in every day language, don't make sense to her. She had never heard of Brittany Spears, (Lucky) Never saw the Titanic, Friends, or Seinfeld. She couldn't believe how much some TV reporters had aged. "Is Jane Pauling still on the today show?" She says it seems like she was in a coma. She had heard of some things, but never saw or experienced them. That was just 15 or 16 yrs.

tacon1    Posted 11-11-2004 at 11:39:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Oh, I agree with you. Around 15 years ago, I was visiting someone in the hospital and the fellow across the room had just come out of a coma he had been in for 5 years and his brother was telling him the "latest" stuff... the guy was amazed. The brother was going to take him home and buy him a new 25 inch TV. There was no way he believed that TV's were that big! Look at them now.

Lazy Al from Mi    Posted 11-11-2004 at 06:32:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Was looking in the 100 years ago section of the local paper this past July and seen where My Granddad and Grandmother got married that was neat .
The bride was gowned in a navy blue and white suit and carried sweet peas. The bridal party stood beneath an arch beautifully decorated with evergreens, ferns ,sweetpeas and petunias .After the ceremony ,ice cream,cake and fruit were served .

deadcarp    Posted 11-11-2004 at 06:09:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
"Two of 10 U.S. adults couldn't read or write." i think that's still pretty accurate - but now they attend law school then run for office. :)

Hawk    Posted 11-11-2004 at 05:34:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
very interesting! i`m a history buff, so i enjoy reading things like this. thanks

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