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ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO
Submitted by: C. Byrum
From a book called "When My Grandmother Was a Child" by Leigh W. Rutledge, which begins, "In the summer of 1900, when my grandmother was a child..."
|The average life expectancy in the United States was forty-seven.
Only 14 percent of the homes in the United States 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 ten mph.
Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee were each more heavily populated
The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.
The average wage in the US was twenty-two cents an hour.
The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year.
A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year,
More than 95 percent of all births in the United States took place at home.
Ninety percent of all US physicians had no college education.
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
Canada passed a law prohibiting poor people from entering the
The five leading causes of death in the US were:1.Pneumonia and
The American flag had 45 stars. Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico,
The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was thirty. The remote desert
Plutonium, insulin, and antibiotics hadn't been discovered yet.
Scotch tape, crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented.
There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.
Only men could vote.
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
According to one pharmacist , "Heroin clears the complexion, gives
Coca-Cola contained cocaine instead of caffeine.
Punch-card data processing had recently been developed, and early predecessors
Eighteen percent of households in the United States had at least one
There were about 230 reported murders in the US annually.
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