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In the year 1901 in the US:

 
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> The average life expectancy in the United States
> was 47.
>
> Only 14% of the homes in the United States had a
> bathtub.
>
> Only 8% 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 US and 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 twenty-first
> most populous State in the Union.
>
> The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel
> Tower.
>
> The average wage in the US was twenty-two cents an
> hour.
>
> The average US worker made between $200 and $400
> per year.
>
> A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000
> per year, a dentist
> $2500 per year, a veterinarian between $1500 and
> $4000 per year and a
> mechanical engineer about $5000 per year.
>
> More than 95% of all births in the United States
> took place at home.
>
> Ninety percent of all US 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
> cost 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, either as travelers or immigrants.
>
> The five leading causes of death in the US 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.
>
> Drive-by-shootings -- in which teenage boys
> galloped down the street on
> horses and started randomly shooting at houses,
> carriages, or anything
> else that caught their fancy -- were an ongoing
> problem in Denver and
> other cities in the West.
>
> The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was thirty.
> The remote desert
> community was inhabited by only a handful of
> ranchers and their
> families.
>
> Plutonium, insulin, and antibiotics hadn't been
> discovered yet.
>
> Scotch tape, crossword puzzles, canned beer and
> iced tea hadn't been
> invented.
>
> There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.
>
> One in ten US adults couldn't read or write. Only
> 6% of all Americans
> had
> graduated from 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 is, in
> fact, a perfect guardian of health."
>
> Coca-Cola contained cocaine instead of caffeine.
>
> Punch card data processing had recently been
> developed, and early
> predecessors of the modern computer were used for
> the first time by the
> government to help compile the 1900 census.
> Eighteen percent of
> households in the United States had at least one
> full=
> -time servant or domestic.
> 93% of all households had a gun.
> There were about 230 reported murders in the US
> annually.
>
 
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Originally posted by Cindy Glass:

> There were only 8,000 cars in the US and 144 miles
> of paved roads.
>
> The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.


I read/heard somewhere that at about the same time there were only two cars in the entire state of Ohio and they somehow hit each other.
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Most women only washed their hair once a month


Does this mean the men never did?
Or that they did more often?
 
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Originally posted by Randall Twede:


Drive-by-shootings -- in which teenage boys galloped down the street on horses and started randomly shooting at houses, carriages, or anything else that caught their fancy -- were an ongoing problem in Denver and other cities in the West



Mmmmm... Sounds line nothing has changed much !
 
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I read/heard somewhere that at about the same time there were only two cars in the entire state of Ohio and they somehow hit each other


Hey Dave, I just could not control my laughter....btw, is that true.

One in ten US adults couldn't read or write


90% literacy! That was laudable.
You guys in US have come a long way and standing across the seven seas from you, I salute thee.
 
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Bill Bryson makes some very interesting comments on national affluence in his book about Australia. My memory may not be accurate but the principle is. He comments that around 1945 Australia was one of the top 3 most affluent nations on earth and now they are somewhere in the teens. Some see this as a most unfortunate slippage.
However in 1945 wealth was judged by things like having an indoor toilet, an electrically powered kettle and if you were really well off a fridge.
These days Australians have access to a cornucopia of consumer goods, health care, communications, and goodness knows what else, but so do many, many other nations. Should they feel they are not doing so well. Maybe not. Bill Bryson is a very, very amusing American Author who I highly recommend. Actually I'm not sure what the point of the original posting was, but hey this is MD...
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eager beaver,
I noticed that too. I think it is a typo and should read 1 in 10 COULD read and write. from what I understand, more than 10% are illiterate now.
 
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Hey
i have no car,what can i do?
 
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