A friend of mine sent me this, source unknown, statistics unverified:
THE YEAR 1905
Maybe this will boggle your mind, I know it did mine! The year is 1905 one hundred years ago. 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." (Shocking!)
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.
And I forwarded this from someone else without typing it myself, and sent it to you in a matter of seconds! Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years. It staggers the mind.
[Thanks to Jackie] The concept of "progress" has taken quite a hit in the era of postmodern thought, but statistics such as these (if they are true) remind us that in at least some aspects of life it's not completely bankrupt as an idea, and we do make some forward progress over the years. Material life has improved from a century ago, whether measured by the "average" man or by the poor. (Whether the poor have improved relative to the rich is another question -- overall, I suspect they have, to some extent, but the gap between rich and poor, which had been narrowing, is now opening up again, thanks to the domination of life by corporate interests and the policies of the Republican Party.)
It's just too bad that the progress we had been making in increasing personal freedom and civil liberties has been stalled since the Reagan and Gingrich Revolutions and the takeover of the Federal government by the right-wing. We're now mired in a fetid backwater watching as the rest of the civilized world either catches up with us, or passes us by.
Note: A Google search failed to turn up the original source for this e-mail circular, or even any other citations. If anyone is aware of the origin, or has any other information about it, I'd be glad to post it.
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