100 Years in the USA

100 Years in the USA

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    Facts not confirmed, but appear correct. From Sigma Man:

    THE YEAR 1906

    The year is 1906, One hundred years ago. What a difference a century makes!

    Here are some of the U.S. statistics for the Year 1906:
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    The average life expectancy in the U.S. was 47 years old.

    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 made $2,500 per year, a veterinarian $1,500 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 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:
    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 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 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."



    The USA is a pretty amazing country! Think about where we are now. The greatest country in the world!



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    That is impressive. Almost as impressive as Japan.

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    We have come a long way but have we gained much?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PackerfanXD
    That is impressive. Almost as impressive as Japan.
    I don't know...of course, the US didn't "invent" all of those things, but it was fundamantally a dynamic society that allowed it to happen. I'm sure most industrialized countries have similar changes in lifestyles and improvements in health and lifespan.........

    Quote Originally Posted by Old Chief
    We have come a long way but have we gained much?
    I guess it depends on how you define "gain".....some might well argue we've "lost" as much. Food for thought and reflection to be sure.

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    1906

    well atleast in 1906 you could probally carry a gun in DC...

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