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The 100 Year Difference (1907)

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When the Farmers’ Almanac was established the US population was around 12,000,000. So much has happened through our almost 200 years. I received this breakdown of life in 1907 (one hundred years ago).  Not sure the good old days were so good – what do you think?? 

The year is 1907   (One hundred years ago) 

         What a difference a century makes! 

         Here are some of the U.S. Statistics  

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      The average life expectancy in the
Was 47 years old. 

         Only 14 percent of the homes in the U.S had a bath tub__ 
         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. 

         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 made $2,500 per year

         A veterinarian $1,500 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 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 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. 

         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

         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 

         There were about 230 reported Murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A. ! 

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1 comment

1 Doyle Boulware { 01.03.09 at 2:31 am }

Oklahoma was admitted to the Union in April 1907.

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