Monday, April 30, 2007

Doesn't the time run fast ?. . .
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THE YEAR 1907


The world has been for million of years, but during the last 100 years it has been an explotion that in the beginning looked as developement, but now . . . 100 years later we also can see it will become our end . . .

~ Here are some of the U.S. Statistics for the Year
1907:

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~ The average life expectancy in the U.S. Was 47 years old.
~ Only 14 percent of the homes in the U.S. 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 U.S., 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 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.

~ Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.
~ 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 yet.
~ 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.

~ Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available
over the counter at the local corner drugstores. Back
then pharmacists
~ Said, "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
U.S.A. !

11 comments:

Hammer said...

It's amazing how times change.

When I was a kid I met and talked to people who lived in those days. They seemed a lot more down to earth than folks today.

Infinitesimal said...

I did not read the entire thing, but one thing jumped out at me, just a correction:

the native population of Hawaii, and Alaska hadn't been dominated and it's tribal governments overthrown yet.

I just wanted to say that in all fairness to Alaskan Natives and the former beloved Queen of Hawaii. I don't think they petitioned for admittance to the union, you know what I mean? ;)

I can always count on you for an interesting post, esp. when I have another migraine like today...

jin said...

It's really incredible how things evolve...or devolve in some instances...over time.

The Phosgene Kid said...

I was around when gas was 25 cents a gallon. Now you have to go to Baghdad or Venezuela to find those prices.

Jeannie said...

A different age entirely!

Lee Ann said...

Wow, that seems unbelievable!
Especially that Diarrhea was one of the top five causes of death!

Sweeti said...

All that and it does make you wonder about our life spans today VS 1907. It must be the medical advances and all this junk food Huh?

Kirsten N. Namskau said...

Hammer: I remember when the first TV came to Norway in 1956, and my mom still did the laundry in a big pot with fire under. The first laundry-machine that came to Norway was a small "Evalet" (1963)with a fan-like thing on the side that made the water go round, and we were laughing in wonder when we heard:" That in America, they now had a laundry-machine when you only put the clothes in and pressed a button. After some time the clothes was clean."
My father asked: "Does this machine also put the laundry on the line??"
Geezz, how old I am !!!!!

Infintesimal: LOL ... Your last sentence can be understood two ways. I deside to understand it in a positive way though.

Jin: Yes, it's not all "developements" that are on the positive side.

Phos: Yes ... when I was a child we could travel by bus from one side of the town to the other for US $0.04 (Do you have that kind of money in USA today?)

Jeannie: Yes, isn't it....

lee ann: Well, diarrhoea is still a cause of death many places in the world, including Egypt.

Sweeti: Yes .... We never get satisfied, do we? But I am not so sure if the medical "advances" is on the positive side, all the time. Many of these "advances" give medical problems more than they heal.

BobG said...

"Wow, that seems unbelievable!
Especially that Diarrhea was one of the top five causes of death!"

Dysentery is still a problem in many countries. I had a bout with it about 35 years ago, and it would have killed me if it weren't for antibiotics. It causes death by dehydration very quickly.

curmudgeon said...

Aaahhh, the good ole' days!

Infinitesimal said...

oh, i just mean that when i am stuck at home with a migraine (again today) i count on my blog friends to keep me company. And you never disappoint!

I am still planning on buying your book. I will tell you when it is ordered!