Tuesday, January 27, 2009

What a difference a hundred years makes

This is basically an email I received, but I thought it was worth sharing to show how different life is now from a mere 100 years ago. For instance, did you know that in 1909 the average life expectancy was 47 years?

Other things that were different 100 years ago were:

- Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub. (I can attest to this. When I bought my house 15 years ago, the only bathroom was an outhouse).

- Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.

- There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.

- The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

- The average wage in 1908 was 22 cents per hour. (huh?)

- The average worker made between $200 and $400 per year, though a 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.

- More than 95 percent of all births took place at home.

- Ninety percent of all doctors had no college education.

- 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.

- 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 of Las Vegas was only 30.

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

- Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.

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

- There were about 230 reported murders in the entire U.S.A.

And now, here I am "blogging" on a computer that has doubled in memory and decreased in size in the last two years. I can't imagine where we'll be in another 100 years!


Carol said...

How very interesting Jessica !
Sounds like a time I'd like to have lived in.

Jessica James said...

Me too! I think we were a lot stronger back then - physically, emotionally and morally.

And I quote...

"[L]et us make a vow to our dead. Let us show them by our actions that we understand what they died for. Strengthened by their courage, heartened by their valor, and borne by their memory, let us continue to stand for the ideals for which they lived and died."
--Ronald Reagan at Pointe du Hoc, 1984