August 27, 2013

Statistics for 1903 -- What a Difference 110 Years Can Make!

*The average life expectancy in the U.S. was 47.
*Only 14% of the homes in the U.S. had a bathtub.
*Only 8% of the homes had a telephone.
*Only 6% of all Americans had graduated from high school.
*There were 8,000 cars in the U.S. and only 144 miles of paved roads.
*The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 miles per hour.
*There were only 120 reported murders in the entire U.S.
*The average U.S. worker made earned $2,000, a dentist $2,500 and a veterinarian earned between $1,5000 and $4,000 per year.
*More than 95% of all births in the U.S. took place at home.
*Sugar cost four cents a pound, eggs were fourteen cents a dozen, and 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 leading causes of death in the U.S. were pneumonia and influenza, TB, heart disease and stroke.

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