What A Difference A Century Makes!

  1. The following is a list of the statistics in 1904.

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

    Only 14% of the homes in the U.S. had a bathtub.

    A 3 minute call from Denver to New York City cost $11.

    There were only 8,000 cars in the U.S. ,and only 144 miles of paved roads.

    The maximim speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

    Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee were each more populated than California. With a mere 1.4 million residents, California was only the 21st most populated state.

    The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.

    The average wage in the U.S. was 22 cents an hour.

    The average U.S. worker made between $200 and $400 per year.

    A competent accountant could expect to earn $2,000 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% of all births in the U.S. took place at home.

    90% of all U.S. 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 4 cents a pound. Eggs were 14 cents a dozen.

    Coffee cost 15 cents a pound.

    Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used borax or egg yolks.

    Canada passed a law prohibiting poor people from entering the country for any reason.

    The 5 leading causes of death in the U.S. were:
    1. Influenza and pneumonia
    2. TB
    3. Diarrhea (now called IBS)
    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 30.

    Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented.

    There was no Mothers Day or Fathers Day.

    1 in 10 U.S. adults couldn't read or write. Only 6% of all Americans had graduated high school.

    Marijhuana, 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."

    18% of households in the U.S. had at least one full-time servant or domestic.

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