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THE YEAR 1904
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>Maybe this will boggle your mind, I know it did mine!
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>The year is 1904... one hundred years ago. What a difference a
>century makes!
>Here are some of the U.S. statistics for 1904:
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>The average life expectancy in the U.S. was 47 years.
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>Only 14 percent of the homes in the U.S. had a bathtub.
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>Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.
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>A three-minute call from Denver to New York City cost eleven dollars.
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>There were only 8,000 cars in the U.S., and only 144 miles of paved
>roads.
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>The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
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>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.
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>The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.
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>The average wage in the U.S. was 22 cents an hour.
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>The average U.S. worker made between $200 and $400 per year.
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>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.
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>More than 95 percent of all births in the U.S. took place at home.
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>Ninety percent of all U.S. physicians had n o college education.
>Instead, they attended medical schools, many of which were condemned
>in the press and by the government as "substandard."
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>Sugar cost four cents a pound. Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.
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>Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.
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>Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used borax or egg
>yolks for shampoo.
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>Canada passed a law prohibiting poor people from entering the country
>for any reason.
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>The five leading causes of death in the U.S. were:
>1. Pneumonia and influenza
>2. Tuberculosis
>3. Diarrhea
>4. Heart disease
>5. Stroke
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>The American flag had 45 stars. Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico,
>Hawaii, and Alaska hadn't been admitted to the Union yet.
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>The population of Las Vegas, Nevada, was 30!!!
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>Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented.
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>There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.
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>Two of 10 U.S. adults couldn't read or write. Only 6 percent of all
>Americans had graduated high school.
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>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!)
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>Eighteen percent of households in the U.S. had at least one full-time
>servant or domestic.
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>There were only about 230 reported murders in the entire U.S.
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>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.
 

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Wow those are some cool stats Hugo. Its amazing how much as changed just in the past 15 years let alone 100 years.
 

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When I was younger my Great Grandfather who was born in 1900 used to tell me stories about when he was a kid. Stuff was soooooooo different back then.
 

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I remember sitting and listening to my great grandmother, born in 1890, tell tales about her childhood. She remembered before people had cars. She remembered the spanish american war. She remembered the First Flight by the Wright brothers. What she witnessed and how the world changed in her lifetime is just unbelievable! She lived to be 104 and had all of her wits about her, only had glasses a hearing aid and a cane. And feisty she was!

I have found my dad's family members (great grandmother and grandfather) on the Ellis Island rosters, and the ship logs w/ their signatures (they didn't know each other before immigrating). Can you imagine coming to america as a 16 year old girl and leaving sweden and your entire family behind to make the great trip all alone?

Heck, my mom remembers having no TV! (born in 1941). Her family was the first one on the block to have one, and only b/c they won it at a Pirates game at Forbes Field....

I remember before email, cell phones and car alarms...

wonder what our kids will be talking about us not having 20, 40 or 50 years ago something like this "can you believe they corresponded on things called forums? they had to type what they wanted to say, how primative!!!!" wonder what it will be like...

Thanks Hugo!!!
 

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I think about the that sort of stuff alot.

Things that people 20 years from now will laugh about.

1. Using a phone line for the internet, "thats probably only 5 years away"

2. Analog anything

3. Film Cameras

I'll think of some more later.

Add a few of your own.
 

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<span style="color:darkblue">You know what they say, a glass of "dial up" a day is good for you.
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