The Year 1906

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by Ace, Aug 12, 2006.

  1. Ace

    Ace New Member

    Gastonia N
    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 1906:


    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 dise! ! ase
    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." ( Shocking? DUH! )

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

    IT STAGGERS THE MIND !!!!!!!!!


  2. cuttingout69

    cuttingout69 New Member

    Boy we have come a long ways ha. Times were much simplier then. You worked, you ate.

  3. BamaCats Lady

    BamaCats Lady New Member

    Luverne, Alabama
    Unbelievable how far things have come! Great post.