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The Good Old Days

Fun Facts About The Year 1901

What a difference a century makes

bulletThe average life expectancy in the U.S. was forty-seven.
bulletOnly 14 percent of the homes in the U.S. had a bathtub.
bulletOnly 8 percent of homes had a telephone.
bulletThere were only 8,000 cars in the U.S. and only 144 miles of paved roads.
bulletThe maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
bulletAlabama. Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee were each more heavily populated than California with a mere 1.4 million residents. 
bulletThe tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.
bulletThe average wage in the U.S. was 22 cents an hour.
bulletThe average U.S. worker made between $200 and $400 a year.
bulletA competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year, a dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year. 
bulletMore than 95 percent of all births in the U.S. took place at home.
bulletNinety percent of all U.S. physicians had no college education. Instead, they attended medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press and by the government as "Substandard."
bulletSugar cost four cents a pound.
bulletEggs were fourteen cents a dozen.
bulletCoffee cost fifteen cents a pound.
bulletMost women only washed their hair once a month and used borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
bulletCanada passed a low prohibiting poor people from entering the country for any reason.
bulletThe five leading causes of death in the U.S. were:
bulletPneumonia and influenza
bulletTuberculosis
bulletDiarrhea
bulletHeart disease
bulletStroke
bulletThe American flag had 45 stars. Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Hawaii and Alaska hadn't been admitted to the Union yet.
bulletThe population of Las Vegas, Nevada was 30.
bulletCrossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't yet been invented.
bulletThere was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.
bulletOnly 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school. 
bulletMarijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at corner drugstores. According one pharmacist, "Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and the bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health."
bulletEighteen percent of households in the U.S. had at least one full-time servant or domestic helper.
bulletThere were about 230 reported murders in the U.S.
bulletAND (you guessed it)...there were NO COMPUTERS!!