The Year 1906!

@Lakota12 (42794)
United States
March 27, 2007 9:20am CST
wasnt sure where to put this but it says show to kids and grand kids so I guess it must be family wise huh? 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 statistics for the Year 1906 : ************************************ The average life expectancy was 47 years. Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub. Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone. There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads. The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph. The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower ! The average wage in was 22 cents per hour. The average 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 took place at HOME . Ninety percent of all 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 were: 1. Pneumonia and influenza 2. Tuberculosis 3. Diarrhea 4. Heart disease 5. Stroke The American flag had 45 stars. 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 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! ) Eighteen percent of households 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,& Canada possibly the world, in a matter of seconds! Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years. IT STAGGERS THE MIND, EH .?
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
28 Mar 07
Was the average wage in was 22 cents per hour? hmm... more that on mylot. I would bring back 10 mph for fewer than 21..and over 90..would help.. It looks like better hygiene contributed a lot to longevity and health..
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@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
28 Mar 07
yup 22 cents and hour some places paid less tho. taking baths was something else back then as I hear it Guess thats why they had Satuday night baths I would hate to live in a big family and had the last bath for I have read where they used the same water! awwwwwwwwwwwww got to go faster than 10 miles an hour lol
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
28 Mar 07
yes, I have hear that bath was a big deal...I am going to take quick bath right now...I love clean feeling...
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@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
28 Mar 07
me too
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• United States
27 Mar 07
It certainly does and all I can say I am glad I am living in the "now" instead of the "then".
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@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
28 Mar 07
Id say come up to the 50s and 60 had a ball then and was still not to busy to go visit my grand ma or just lay around and not worry about some one getting killed all the time of cource we had more cars and more paved roads then but we still took off the beaten track to go fish or something
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@meme0907 (3481)
• United States
5 Apr 07
Hey LKo12 Wow that was pretty interesting & I did not realize a person could die from diarreha- I'll never eat at Waffle House again LOL +'s 2 U
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@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
5 Apr 07
My dad lost 50 pounds from Diarreha and got so weak he could hardly walk but he got over it
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@meme0907 (3481)
• United States
6 Apr 07
Wow 50 pounds :O +'s ;)
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
6 Apr 07
yup but doc had him gain some of it back he needed to stay around 190 for his diabitis
@cjthedog64 (1554)
• United States
5 Apr 07
That's really interesting. My grandfather was born in 1906. He passed away years ago, but it's still amazing to think of all the changes since then.
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@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
5 Apr 07
yes its amazing what has been invented and done in just 100 years. I always wondered what mygrandma would think of the internet for she used to write for the town newspaper. and I marvel at what I have seen happen I wonder if the old folks would be amazed at the progress we have made in alot of feilds
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@soccermom (3200)
• United States
5 Apr 07
Can you inagine what the few people that are still around that were born back then think? it makes me wonder what will be circulating 100 years from now, will people be reading statistics on 2007 and thinking our lives were primitive? I printed this out to show my daughter, I think she'll get a kick out of it.
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
6 Apr 07
they probably will lol cool hope she liked it