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The difference a century makes

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       The year is 1910, over one hundred years ago. What a difference a century makes!
       Here are some statistics for the year 1910:
  • The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.
  • Fuel for this car was sold in drug stores only.
  • 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.
    This is what a new Ford looked like in 1910.
    Courtesy of conceptcarz.com
  • The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
  • The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower!
  • The average US wage in 1910 was 22 cents per hour.
  • The average US 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 by the government as "substandard."
  • Sugar cost 4 cents a pound.
  • Eggs were 14 cents a dozen.
  • Coffee was 15 cents a pound.
  • Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
  • There was no such thing as underarm deodorant or toothpaste.
  • Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.
  • The 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 iced 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, and only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.
  • 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.!

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           From there, it will be sent to others all over the WORLD... all in a matter of seconds!
           Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years.

    Forwarding thanks to Curt Neeley
    (Posted 9/11/14; Opinion: General)

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