year is 1906.
One hundred years ago. What a
difference a century makes!
are some of the U.S. Statistics for the Year 1906:
average life expectancy in the U.S. was 47 years.
percent of the homes in the U.S. had a bathtub.
percent of the homes had a telephone.
three-minute call from Denver to New York City cost
were only 8,000 cars in the U.S., and only 144 miles of
maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee were each more heavily
populated than California.
mere 1.4 million people, California was only the 21st
most populous state in the Union.
tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower!
average wage in the U.S. was 22 cents per hour.
average U.S. worker made between $200 and $400 per year.
competent accountant could expect to earn $2,000 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.
95 percent of all births in the U.S. took place at home.
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 by the
government as "substandard."
cost four cents a pound.
fourteen cents a dozen.
was fifteen cents a pound.
women only washed their hair once a month, and used
borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering
into their country for any reason.
leading causes of death in the U.S. were:
1. Pneumonia and
4. Heart disease
American flag had 45 stars.
Oklahoma, New Mexico, Hawaii, and Alaska hadn't been
admitted to the Union yet.
population of Las Vegas, Nevada, was only 30!
puzzles, canned beer, and ice tea had not been invented
no Mother's Day or Father's Day.
of every 10 U.S. adults could not read or write.
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 the pharmacist said, "Heroin clears the complexion,
gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and
bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health."
percent of households in the U.S. had at least one
full-time servant or domestic help.
were about 230 reported murders in the entire U.S.
So, to think 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.
to Readings for Comprehension
Contact Us | Donate