Friday, February 22, 2013
Has the world really changed?
Below are some facts about the US as it was 100 years ago, back in the year 1910 —
The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.
Death during childbirth was a realistic fear for women.
Fuel for the popular Ford Model-T was sold only in drug stores.
There was no TV or radio.
There were no antibiotics so every cut or wound was potentially serious. Cuts were treated with mecuricome or iodine.
Only 14% of homes had a bathtub.
Only 8% of homes had a telephone.
There were only 8,000 cars in the nation, and only 144 miles of paved roads.
The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 MPH.
The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower!
The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year.
The average US wage was 22 cents per hour.
More than 95% of all births took place at HOME.
Ninety percent of all 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 4 cents a pound.
Eggs were 14 cents a dozen.
Most women washed their hair once a month and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
The five leading causes of death were — pneumonia and influenza, tuberculosis (consumption), diarrhea, heart disease and stroke.
The American flag had 45 stars.
The population of Las Vegas was only 30.
There was no Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.
Two out of every 10 adults couldn’t read or write and only 6% of all Americans had graduated from high school.
For the year, there were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.