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What a difference a century makes.

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The following information was sent to me in an email. I do not have the source of this information nor do I guarantee its accuracy. I am posting it because I find the statements amusing and interesting. If anyone agrees or disagrees with any statements please post to that regard. Thanks.

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YEAR OF 1903:

·The average life expectancy in the US was forty-seven (47).
·Only 14 Percent of the homes in the US 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 US 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 residents, California was only the 21st most populous state in the Union.
·The average US 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.
·More than 95 percent of all births in the US took place at home.
·Sugar cost four cents a pound. Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen. 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 five leading causes of death in the US 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 30.
·Canned beer hadn't been invented.
·There were no Mother's Day or Father's Day.
·One in ten US 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 corner drugstores. According to 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."
·Eighteen percent of households in the US had at least one full-time servant or domestic.
·There were only about 230 reported murders in the entire US.
 
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Planderella said:
Interesting.....I'm waiting for the 2003 statistics.....
This was an email sent to me that I am passing along to the board. Unfortunately I don’t have the 2003 stats handy, but agree they would be an interesting comparison. I will see what I can do this afternoon/evening. Or if anyone else has them, please post. :)
 

pete-rock

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H said:
YEAR OF 1903:
·There were only about 230 reported murders in the entire US.
There was a lot of unreported crime in rural areas (and subsequent vigilante justice) back then. I'd bet there were easily ten to twenty times more actual murders in 1903.
 

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The 20th Century was an amazing 100 years of technological and (maybe) sociological advancement. The most productive century in human history (IMHO).

I wonder if the 21st will be as historic?

The greatest product to come from the 20th Century:











The Lint Roller ;-)
 

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Main difference here: In 1903, the rich people spent their money in Europe. The poor were very poor. We lived out of Nitrate exports.
In 2003, the rich people spend their money in the US, the carribean, europe, and they also spend here. The poor are not that poor, they at least have education now. Our economy is based in Refined Copper exports (and we are also big producers of plums, kiwis, grapes, fish, iodine, prunes, wine, peaches, avocado.... etc)
 

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What!?!?!? No canned beer????

Good thing I live in this era. Seriously, Egg Yolk shampoo I can handle.... But no canned beer? Ridiculous.
 
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