Just 100 Years Ago…

  • The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.
  • Fuel for cars could only be bought at a drug store.
  • Only 14% of homes had a bathtub and only 8% had a telephone.

  • The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10mph.
  • The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel tower.

  • The average US wage was 22 cents/hour.
  • The average US worker made $200 to $400 per year.
  • A competent accountant could make $2,000 per year.
  • A dentist made roughly $2,500 per year.

  • More than 95% of births took place at home.
  • 90% of doctors had no college education, instead the attended “medical schools”, many of which were substandard.

  • Sugar cost 4 cents per pound
  • Eggs were 14 cents per dozen
  • Coffee was 15 cents per pound

  • Most women only washed their hair once a month. They used Borax or egg yolk shampoo.
  • Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering their country for any reason.
  • The five leading causes of death were: Pneumonia and influenza, Tuberculosis, Diarrhea, Heart attack and Stroke.
  • The American flag had 45 stars.

  • The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was 30.
  • Crossword puzzles, canned beer and iced tea hadn’t been invented yet.
  • There was no Mother’s Dar nor Father’s Day.
  • Marijuana, heroine and morphine were all available over the counter at local drug stores.

  • 2 out of every 10 adults could not read nor write.
  • Only 6% of Americans graduated from high school.
  • 18% of households had at lease one full-time servent or domestic helper.
  • And last, there were abut 230 reported murders in the entire United States.

Looking back to 100 years ago, it’s pretty amazing how much things have changed. It’s impossible to imagine where we will be in another 100 years!

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