Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The Year 1909...


The year is 1909.
One hundred years ago.
What a difference a century makes!

Here are some statistics for the Year 1909:

* The average life expectancy was 47 years.
* Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.
* Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.
* There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles
Of paved roads.
* The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
* The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.
* The average wage in 1909 was 22 cents per hour.
* The average 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 took place at home.
* Ninety percent of all 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 their country for any reason.
* The American flag had 45 stars.
* 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 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. 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'.
* Eighteen percent of households had at least
one full-time servant or domestic help.
* There were only about 230 reported murders in
the entire country.

The five leading causes of death were:
1. Pneumonia and influenza
2. Tuberculosis
3. Diarrhea
4. Heart disease
5. Stroke

Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years.

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