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Old 07-29-2007, 09:45 PM   #1
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100 yrs ago this year...
This is just for fun! I love seeing how things used to be and how far we've come.
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THE YEAR 1907

This will boggle your mind, I know it did mine!
The year is 1907.
One hundred years ago.
What a difference a century makes!
Here are some of the U.S. Statistics for the Year 1907:
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The average life expectancy in the U.S. Was 47 years old.

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 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 made $2,500 per year,
A veterinarian $1,500 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. 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 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 that prohibited poor people from
Entering into their country for any reason.

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 only 30!!!!

Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and ice tea
Hadn't been invented yet.

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

Two out of every 10 U.S. 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 the local corner drugstores. Back then pharmacists
Said, 'Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind,
Regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian
Of health.'


There were about 230 reported Murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A. !
Now I sent it to you and others all over the United States,
Possibly the world, in a matter of just Seconds !!!!!!!!!

PASS THIS ALONG!!!!!
Just Try to imagine.....
What it may be like ....
In another 100 years !!!!!!!

IT STAGGERS THE MIND !!!!!!!!!
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Old 07-29-2007, 10:17 PM   #2
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My grandmother was born in 1899 and in her lifetime she went from horse and buggy to the space age....
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Old 07-30-2007, 01:03 AM   #3
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My grandmother was born in 1899 and in her lifetime she went from horse and buggy to the space age....
How weird would that be! Watch my grandkids will be using teleporters to get to school and I will tell them the toils of waiting for the bus in the snow and cold(!!) as my grandparents told me the toils of walking 8 miles in hip deep snow.
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) as my grandparents told me the toils of walking 8 miles in hip deep snow.
Barefoot and up hill both ways!
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I think the coolest fact there was only 30 people lived in Las Vegas!!!
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More than 95 percent of all births in the U.S. Took place at HOME.
too bad this is no longer the case
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That is very interesting information

My great-great grandmother was born in 1901 and died in 2000. She really saw it all. She sometimes said she couldn't believe how much and how fast things changed in this world...
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My grnadmother was born in 1908. She couldn't vote till she was in her 60's. She had to get permission from her husband before she could drive. She had to use seperate accomodations, had to enter many buildings from the back door and had to wash the floors of white people to make a decent living.
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Originally Posted by Jan in CA View Post

Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over
The counter at the local corner drugstores. Back then pharmacists
Said, 'Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind,
Regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian
Of health.'


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My neighbor sent me some pictures of old ads and one was for Camel cigarettes. It said "doctors recommend Camel cigarettes!" Another had Santa Claus smoking a cigarette. My how times have changed. The scariest had to be an ad for Lysol and how you were supposed to use it to cleanse a certain part of your anatomy to be "fresh".
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Old 07-30-2007, 11:14 AM   #10
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My grnadmother was born in 1908. She couldn't vote till she was in her 60's. She had to get permission from her husband before she could drive. She had to use seperate accomodations, had to enter many buildings from the back door and had to wash the floors of white people to make a decent living.
I know what you mean about that. People of color were always treated poorly. My great-great grandmother worked as a chambermaid and was treated poorly most of her life. She was born on a farm in Savannah, had to stop going to school in 3rd grade (there were very few schools for people of color and it was worse because she was Black and Cherokee), and had to wear a glass eye because someone put her eye out when she was a child. I could go on...I'm glad that things have "improved" since then...
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