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THE YEAR 1905 
This will boggle your mind, I know it did mine! 
The year is 1905. One hundred 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 
      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 $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 in the U.S. took place at 
      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  
      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 the 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. 
      And I forwarded this from someone else without typing it 
      myself, and sent it to you in a matter of seconds! 
     Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years.

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This page was last modified 14:11, 10 May 2007 by dKosopedia user BartFraden. Based on work by Chad Lupkes and dKosopedia user(s) DRolfe, Jrclio, Canadian Reader and Sipples. Content is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.

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