1906 - 100 years come and gone

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by catsrking, Jun 23, 2006.

  1. catsrking

    catsrking New Member

    ?? THE YEAR 1906??

    This will boggle your mind, I know it did mine!
    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 < /STRONG> 1906 :


    The average life expectancy in the U.S. was 47 years.

    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 $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 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.

    Eighteen percent of households in the U.S. had at least

    one full-time servant or domestic help.

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

    Now I forwarded this from someone else without typing

    it myself, and sent it to you and others all over the United States,

    possibly the world, in a matter of seconds!

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

    Catgirl New Member

    Interesting thread, Tom. Thanks for sharing. Makes me appreciate my doctor, and I don't usually!!! LOL

  3. gater460

    gater460 New Member

    the way his world is going now im scared to think what its going to be like in another hunderd years
  4. copycat

    copycat New Member

    New Jersey
    Sound like the good ole days! LOL
  5. redneckdrum

    redneckdrum New Member

    Good ole day's Tom? At 22 cents an hour it would take us a week to buy that box of Mustad Ultra Points.