100 Yeats ago - have you seen this?

  1. A Hundred Years Ago..

    ..The average life expectancy in the United States was

    ..Only 14 percent of the homes in the United States had a

    ..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 US and only 144 miles of
    paved roads. The maximum speed limit in most cities was ten 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 percent 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 percent
    of all Americans had graduated from high school.

    ..Some medical authorities warned that professional
    seamstresses were apt to become sexually aroused by the
    steady rhythm, hour after hour, of the sewing machine's foot
    pedals. They recommended slipping bromide-which was thought to
    diminish sexual desire-into the women's drinking water.

    ..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 the bowels, 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.

    ..There were about 230 reported murders in the US
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  3. by   researchrabbit

    Although, when I saw your title, I was wondering if we'd gone to English Lit!

    ummm do you think they still sell those sewing machines?
  4. by   JonRN
    !00 years ago they woulda took all the crooked politicians we have now out and hung them from a tree. And had I lived then I woulda supplied the rope and the horse.

  5. by   Glad2behere
    How interesting!

    I luv this kind of stuff, gosh, if one thinks they have it hard just remind them they still have to stroke the fire, feed the horses, and dig up some potatoes for supper. Poor little rooster...come here little rooster....
  6. by   Cubby
    ....And we liked it that way! (It's my own "inside joke.") You had to have been there.
  7. by   Sleepyeyes
    Wow....it's incredible, isn't is, how blessed we've been in our country to have all this great stuff nowadays?
  8. by   LasVegasRN
    Originally posted by Sleepyeyes
    Wow....it's incredible, isn't is, how blessed we've been in our country to have all this great stuff nowadays?
    No kidding! I KNOW where I would have been 100 years ago.
  9. by   live4today
    Hi Dennie

    Very interesting post! It's amazing how things were a century ago compared to now.
  10. by   prn nurse
    And we ain't seen nuthin' yet !

    Predictions are that the next 100 will alter life as we know it.
    We cannot even imagine or comprehend the changes our great- grandchildren will experience.

    Those born beginning the 2040's years.

    Cloning and gene mapping will alter everything as we understand it now.

    The whole world will be governed by the wealthy and strong nations. No more "Mr. Nice Guy" countries. (Aren't we seeing the seeds of that now?)

    War and combat will be history...someone even mutters an out of line threat and we will zap them. No threats...No Fear.

    And no, we aren't going to share the worlds' resources.
    We are going to usurp them for our advantage, protection, lifestyle, and wealth. And, of course, to maintain our position as "Top Dog."

    We aren't going to give that away, how foolish ! ....and we also prefer to not share the governing position on the planet.
  11. by   researchrabbit
    Hey, my grandpa drove a horse and buggy to his first job. He lived to see a man on the moon. I can't imagine the paradigm shift...and things are accelerating for us even faster, I think.
  12. by   NurseDennie
    Originally posted by researchrabbit

    Although, when I saw your title, I was wondering if we'd gone to English Lit!
    Isn't that funny? I didn't see my typo until I read your post, and even then I had to look like 3-4 times. I guess sometimes I just see what I expect to see.


  13. by   boggle
    YEATS? I didn't mind the typo, just thought it was a Dr. Seuss title!

    (I did enjoy you post though)
  14. by   night owl
    What I want to know is, when are they going to invent cars with wings so I can lift up and fly over all the dang traffic!!! Maybe I'll just buy a helicopter.