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The Year 1905

Discussion in 'OGF Comedy Corner' started by mrfishohio, Jun 18, 2005.

  1. mrfishohio

    mrfishohio Recovering Fishaholic

    THE YEAR 1905

    What a difference a century makes!

    Here are some of the U.S. statistics for 1905:

    The average life expectancy in the U.S. was 47 years.

    Only 14 percent of the homes in the U.S. 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 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 residents, 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 an 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 95 percent of all births in the U.S. took place at home.

    Ninety 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."

    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 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 U.S. 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!!!

    Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented.

    There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.

    Two of 10 U.S. adults couldn't read or write.

    Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated 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 bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health."

    Eighteen percent of households in the U.S had at least one full-time servant or domestic.

    There were only about 230 reported murders in the entire U.S
  2. flathunter

    flathunter Mellons mentor

    Very interesting Jim..Were those the good ole days?

  3. mrfishohio

    mrfishohio Recovering Fishaholic

    I don't know, I wasn't there, ask misfit.....
    These are the good ol' days.....(we'll be reminiscing about in our wheelchairs at the nursing home ;) )
  4. flathunter

    flathunter Mellons mentor

    Thats what I was thinking also...Rick???? care to comment on that?
  5. misfit

    misfit MOD SQUAD

    ah,those were indeed happy days.seems like only yesterday,that i was packing my saddlebags with beans and coffee,and a can of worms,getting ready for the day long ride to spend a few days on the river.didn't have to worry about packin' a bunch of tackle bags,rods and reels and such,cause there were plenty of trees from which to fashion a fine catfish pole.yep,those were the days :)