What a difference a century makes!

This fascinating list is going around the internet:

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 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.

The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.

1907 Buick

The average wage in the U.S. was 22 cents per hour, producing and average annual income between $200 and $400 .

A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year, a dentist $2,500, a veterinarian $1,500, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000.

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, attending only mediocre medical schools.

Sugar cost four cents a pound, eggs were fourteen cents a dozen, and 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.

The 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.
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 it was believed that ‘Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health.’

There were about 230 reported murders in the entire USA.

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One thought on “What a difference a century makes!

  1. Wow, it’s so weird to see how different things were in our own country! I’d love to see the same information from the early 1800s, imagine how different that would be 🙂

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