Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Time Warp

We get so caught up in our own lives, and we think that the trials and tribulations we face are so difficult. Take a look at the below (that was sent to me by email, something that was not even commonly used until the last decade. I am not sure of the source).

Makes you wonder what our great grandchildren will think when they look back at our lives. My mother's parents (both Irish immigrants) were married in 1905. My favorite is the average wage of a worker. You can spend that on dinner in 2006.


The year is 1905. One hundred and one years ago. What a difference a century makes! Here are some of the U.S. statistics for the Year 1905 :

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 $2,000 per year.

A dentist $2,500 per year.

A veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year.

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 by 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.

Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at the local corner drugstores.

Back then pharmacist 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!)

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.

Have A Great Day in 2006 !!!

Thom Singer


Glenn said...

While the low prices you post make us nostalgic, let's not forget the progress we've made since then, for example, in medicine.

More importantly, let's not forget the progress we've made on family vacations. In the 1960's my sister and I fought like cats and dogs in the back seat resulting in agony for my parents (and my sister and I when we received spankings.)

Winter 2005, My two sons are in the back seat on a 7-hour drive and not a peep is heard from them as they watch DVD's and play gameboys.

Ain't progress wonderful!

Anonymous said...

Yes, before technology annoying other people in the car was the only pass-time on a long trip.