Interesting Statistics from 100 years ago

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  • xenawarrior

    I received this and thought I'd share it with you:

    I thought these were some interesting statistics from 100 years ago!

    YEAR OF 1902

    What a difference a century makes.

    The average life expectancy in the US was forty-seven (47).

    Only 14 Percent of the homes in the US 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 US 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 residents, 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 US was 22 cents an 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 in the US took place at home.

    Ninety percent of all US 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 four cents a pound. Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen. Coffee cost 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 prohibiting poor people from entering the country for any reason.

    The five leading causes of death in the US 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 30.

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

    There were no Mother's Day or Father's Day.

    One in ten US 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 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."

    Eighteen percent of households in the US had at least one full-time servant or domestic.

    There were only about 230 reported murders in the entire US.

    Just think what it will be like in another 100 years. It boggles the mind.


  • hillbilly

    Yep and that was in the newest and first 'superpower" nation of the Modern Era. I wouldnt want to venture a guess as to what things were like in parts or Europe Asia and Africa at the same time.

    a little column I wrote and posted on another thread:

    I ride a horse on New Years Eve Day and on New Years Day. I started doing this on purpose for "Y2K". I plan to do this on New Years till I cant "fork" a saddle then I will drive a team and wagon. (or ride in it)

    Other than a few working Cowboys and mounted unit police I am sure that I am one of the few folks on the planet who have been horseback in two Millinieums, or 2 centuries.

    Why? I realized that horses and the relationship they have to human history is a grand thing. In '99 I realized that by 1899 the Frontier was "closed" and the death knell for the horse as a working tool and partner had been sounded. How many people using horses in 1899-1900 really knew that in 40 or 50 years society would loose the daily contact with man's partner for so many centuries? My family has had connectons with the horse for years.

    Farmers, Cavalry, Ranching......My great grandad was in the business of buying and selling teams for delivery work till the horse was obselete in out area-- the 1930's. My grandmother rode saddle horse in the auctions ring as a girl. It skipped a generation but I carry the equine gene in my line to this day and have passed it to my son.

    So some time this afternoon I will throw a saddle on my old paint gelding and we will check fence for a hour or so. I could do this with the pick up but I won't. Same tommorow. My horse knows what this is about. He knows that he and I honor the past doing this. He ( and most horses kept other than Lawn Ornaments) well, you can all feel them swell with pride under saddle when they partner with you.

    Dogs may be man's best freind.... but the horse as a partner is a lynchpin in human history. * copywrited 2002 JARiley


    -----So much for the "time of the end" since 1914!

    HB ( rap music must mean the end is near class)

    Edited by - hillbilly on 1 January 2003 19:33:58

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  • Solace


    Its is amazing, isnt it?

    I often think back to the changes my grandparents witnessed during their lifetime.

    Its hard to imagine going from riding in a horse drawn carriage as a little girl to driving your own luxury vehical with cruise control. I wish they were still here to experience the power of being online, I would have loved to see the look on my grandfathers face. I remember how excited he was just to get cable television access in his small town.

  • pr_capone

    This is pretty cool.... I wonder what things will be like 100 years from now. Anyone care to make some guesses?

  • onacruse

    Most significant change of all...100 years ago there were no


  • Double Edge
    Double Edge

    That was a very interesting post to read. One Hundred years really isn't that long ago, in fact there are a few thousand people still alive from then. Thanks for the post.

  • RubyTuesday

    I think I'll go wash my hair.

  • Mac

    Yikes, got my 47th birthday coming up. Glad it isn't 1902!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    mac, of the"that ain't so old" class

  • jws

    Doesn't sound like those wonder-years prior to 1914 were so great.

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