Things to Think About
The Year 1906
This will boggle your mind, I know it did mine! The year is 1906. One hundred years ago. What a difference a century makes! Here are some of the U.S. statistics for the Year 1906:
· The average life expectancy in the U.S. Was 47 years.
· Only fourteen percent of the homes in the U.S. had a bathtub.
· Only eight 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 $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.
· More than ninety-five percent of all births in the U.S. took place at home.
· Ninety percent of all U.S. Doctors had no college education. 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 year, 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:
- Pneumonia and influenza
· 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 drinks, and iced tea hadn't been invented yet.
· There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.
· Two out of every ten U.S. adults couldn't read or write.