Friday, July 17, 2015


Maybe this will boggle your mind, I know it did mine! The year is 1905, just one hundred & ten 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." 

- 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 copied this from somewhere else without typing it myself, and posted 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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One advantage to being old; 
my supply of brain cells is finally down to manageable size----fishducky


  1. Sadly, in my first full time job (more recent than 105 years ago) I was paid 26 cents an hour. If I had been male I would have received the princely sum of 28 cents an hour.

    1. Yeah, men got the BIG money because it was assumed they were supporting a family!!

  2. When I was young I threatened to quit my job if I didn't get a nickel raise. A nickel!

    1. I remember when a nickel would buy a candy bar!!

  3. No wonder there was no income tax, cheap medical care, and little crime; the government didn't do much, you didn't live long enough to get sick, and there was practically nothing to steal!

  4. Ah, what a difference 36,500 days make...

    Happy weekend!

    1. But after the weekend we'll all be 2 days older!!

  5. Wow, I won't tout the good ole days anymore. Sure am glad I waited a while. I've lived 30 more years.
    I do loved Pickles.

  6. The 1905 facts blew me away! Hard to pick out just a few; they were all amazing.

    1. In 2105 bread will probably be a couple of hundred dollars a loaf!!

  7. Giggling at Broomhilda; I can do that fall thing without a rock to trip over!
    I wonder what Australian statistics from 1905 would reveal?
    I've thought about using egg yolks as shampoo, or adding one to my regular squirt of shampoo, but the cost of eggs always makes me rethink that idea.
    I can't imagine Las Vegas ever having as few as 30 people!

    1. Before casinos, it was just desert!!

  8. Heh, heh. ButtHead!

    No canned beer. Wasn't that when folks used to send their kids down to the corner to bring home a bucket of beer? Like the days of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn?

    1. That was one of my favorite books growing up--but my family didn't like beer!!

  9. I'm all set with living in 1905.

    I laughed at the medial records one. My medical record is one of the original ones from when the practice opened. The girls all laugh when they have to pull the paper file for something way back... it's hand written... right down to the name on the tab.

    1. We've been seeing our internist since the late 50's--my file's at least 4-5 inches thick!!


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