Jim Gammon gtpjimgammon@yahoo.com
Mon, 7 Jun 2004 13:04:48 -0700 (PDT)

Back In 1904 The 
year is 1904   ...one hundred years ago. What a difference a century 
makes! Here are some of the U.S. statistics for 1904:   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 & $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.

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