Saturday, April 26, 2008



This will boggle your mind, I know it did mine!

The year is 1908.

One hundred years ago.What a difference a century makes!

Here are some statistics for the Year 1908 :

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The average life expectancy was 47 years.

Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.

Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.

There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 milesOf paved roads.

The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

The tallest structure in the world was theEiffel Tower!

The average wage in 1908 was 22 cents per hour.The average 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 took place atHOME.

Ninety percent of all doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION! Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which Were condemned in the press AND 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 usedBorax or egg yolks for shampoo.

Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from Entering into their country for any reason.

Five leading causes of death were:

1. Pneumonia and influenza

2. Tuberculosis

3. Diarrhea

4. Heart disease

5. Stroke

The American flag had 45 stars.

The population ofLas Vegas , Nevada, was only 30!!!!

Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and ice tea hadn't been invented yet.

There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.

Two out of every 10 adults couldn't read or write.

Only 6 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 pharmacists said,"Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind,regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health."( Shocking? DUH! )

Eighteen percent of households had at leastOne full-time servant or domestic help.

There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE !U.S.A.

Now I added this on my blog without typing It myself, and sent it to you and others all over Canada & U.S. And Possibly the world, in a matter of seconds!

Try to imagine what it m ay be like in another 100 years.



Anonymous said...

Hi Sandy

I needed to know stuff about 1908 for a post of my own, and your post was very helpful (and fascinating - 30 people in Las Vegas?).



Anonymous said...

Wow That stuff is crazy huh ... but it is in fact very true ... not bad ....

Anonymous said...

Hi sAnDy!!
YoUr ShOrT sToRy AbOUt LiFe iN 1908rEaLlY hElPeD mE WiT mA hIsToRy pRoJeCt!!!1 ThAnKs!

MuCh LoVe,