Saturday, July 13, 2013

Day 351: What a difference ...

102 years can make?

(This is not my normal blog, it came in an e-mail ...
from friend Stan, and it was too good not to share.)

The year is 1910, just over 100 years ago.
And here are some of the statistics for the year 1910.

•   The average life expectancy was 47 years.

•   Fuel for this car was only sold in drug stores.

•   Only 14% of homes had a bathtub.

•   Only 8% of the homes had a telephone.

•   There were only 8,000 cars and 144 miles of paved roads.

•   Maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

•   The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.

•   Sugar cost 4 cents a pound.

•   Eggs were 14 cents a dozen.

•   Coffee was 15 cents a pound.

The average US wage in 1910 was 22 cents per hour.

•   The average US worker earned $200 - $400 per year.

•   95% of all births took place at home.

•   Most women shampooed 1 a month, with borax & egg yolks.

•   Canada law prohibited poor people from entering Canada.

•   The five leading causes of death: pneumonia, tuberculosis, diarrhea, heart disease and stroke.

•   The American flag had 45 stars.

•   The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was 30.

•   There was no Mothers or Fathers Day.

•   18% pf households had at least one full-time help.

•   There were 230 reported murders in the entire USA.

•   Two out of ten adults could not read or write.

•   Only 6% of all Americans had graduated from high school.

What a difference a century makes?
And, can you imagine 100 years from now?

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