Bet their hair smelled a bit ripe…

Posted by on 05.22.09 | 5 Comments
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The year is 1909. What a difference one ‘short’ century makes!

These statistics have not been fact-checked, at least by me!

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.

90% of all 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 4 cents a pound. Eggs were 14 cents a dozen. Coffee was 15 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 were:

Pneumonia and influenza
Heart disease

The American flag had 45 stars.

The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was 30.

Crossword puzzles, canned beer, iced tea hadn’t been invented yet.

There was no Mother’s Day or Fathers Day.

Two out of every 10 adults couldn’t read or write.

Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school..

18% of households had at least One full-time servant or domestic help.

Most people in the US believed in God and most of them went walked to church
or went in a horse and buggy.

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

Wonder what life in the US (if there is such an entity) may be like in another 100 years.


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