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PostSubject: 100 YEARS AGO...   Thu Jul 10, 2008 5:38 pm

100 YEARS AGO...


A lot of this is applicable to our grandparents, and even some of our parents.

It May Be Hard to Believe That A Scant 100 Years Ago...

The average life expectancy in the United States was forty-seven.

Only 14 percent of the homes in the United States 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 US and only 144 miles of paved roads.



The maximum speed limit in most cities was ten mph.

Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee were each more heavily populated than California. With a mere 1.4 million residents, California was only the twenty-first most populous state in the Union.

The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.

The average wage in the U.S. was twenty-two 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 $2500 per year, a veterinarian between $1500 and $4000 per year, and a mechanical
engineer about $5000 per year.

More than 95 percent of all births in the United States 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 cost 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, either as travelers or immigrants.

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 thirty. The remote desert community was inhabited by only a handful of ranchers and their families.



Plutonium, insulin, and antibiotics hadn't been discovered yet. Scotch tape, crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented.

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

One in ten U.S. 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 corner drugstores. According to one pharmacist, "Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and the bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health.

Coca-Cola contained cocaine instead of caffeine.



Eighteen percent of households in the United States had at least one full-time servant or domestic.

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Pretty crazy! OhMy


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PostSubject: Re: 100 YEARS AGO...   Thu Jul 10, 2008 6:09 pm

I've seen this before. It's amazing how much things have changed. Just think if someone from 100 years ago(thats gone) was to come back today. They would flip out. :faint2:
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PostSubject: Re: 100 YEARS AGO...   Thu Jul 10, 2008 6:59 pm

In all fairness, I would flip out if they came back.

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PostSubject: Re: 100 YEARS AGO...   Thu Jul 10, 2008 7:56 pm

ROB!!!! Frying pan

This topic reminded me....100 years ago my Great-Grandma was born. (She died about 8 or 7 years ago.)

all that is really neat...time were so much more simpler back then.....





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PostSubject: Re: 100 YEARS AGO...   Fri Jul 11, 2008 9:20 am

Carol wrote:
Coca-Cola contained cocaine instead of caffeine.

Whoa. Seriously?! I've never heard about that!!!!

This was cool---thanks for sharing it, Carol! We sure have come a loooooong way in 100 years! Thumbsup


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PostSubject: Re: 100 YEARS AGO...   Fri Jul 11, 2008 11:56 am

iam glad i wasn't born 100 years ago!

wow!..That's instersting!
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PostSubject: Re: 100 YEARS AGO...   Sat Jul 12, 2008 2:32 pm

I like how times were simpler back then... BUT...

The maximum speed limit in most cities was ten mph

Yikes! I don't think I could go that slow. lol..
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PostSubject: Re: 100 YEARS AGO...   Sat Jul 12, 2008 3:48 pm

starmonkey wrote:
I like how times were simpler back then... BUT...

The maximum speed limit in most cities was ten mph

Yikes! I don't think I could go that slow. lol..

LOL, that's what I was thinking too! It was a much different time back then...I wonder what it would have been like. I mean, I'm sure people back then thought that they were pretty modern (having cars, etc), and now today, we feel the same way...what will the world be like 100 years from now?




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PostSubject: Re: 100 YEARS AGO...   Sat Jul 12, 2008 5:04 pm

ChristinaAL wrote:
...what will the world be like 100 years from now?

that is a weird thought! :unsure:





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PostSubject: Re: 100 YEARS AGO...   Sat Jul 12, 2008 7:30 pm

It's interesting that cancer wasn't even in the top five causes of death 100 years ago.
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PostSubject: Re: 100 YEARS AGO...   Sat Jul 12, 2008 8:27 pm

I've read it's the food we eat, with all the presertives (sp?) in them, that cause alot of the cancer. I dunno though. You can read about anything you want on the internet.





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PostSubject: Re: 100 YEARS AGO...   Sat Jul 12, 2008 10:05 pm

Savannah wrote:
It's interesting that cancer wasn't even in the top five causes of death 100 years ago.

Cancer was known as Consumption in those days, wasn't it?
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PostSubject: Re: 100 YEARS AGO...   Sat Jul 12, 2008 10:17 pm

I think Tuberculosis was called Consumption. But I could be wrong. Time for google! Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: 100 YEARS AGO...   Sat Jul 12, 2008 10:20 pm

Oops, right you are. :shy:
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PostSubject: Re: 100 YEARS AGO...   Sat Jul 12, 2008 11:42 pm

100 years from now, our lives would seem so boring and slow to our future generations. :sad5: Yawn



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PostSubject: Re: 100 YEARS AGO...   Mon Jul 14, 2008 1:16 am

Oh my gosh, washing your hair once a month!! YUK, YUK!!


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PostSubject: Re: 100 YEARS AGO...   Mon Jul 14, 2008 5:52 am

Lily wrote:
100 years from now, our lives would seem so boring and slow to our future generations. :sad5: Yawn

The speed that technology is moving forward is amazing. I like to make my own little predictions for the future concerning technology. For instance: How long will it take for almost everyone here in the states to have a web cam? 2 years ago, I didn't even know there was such a thing and now we want one to stay in touch with the grand kids. Will new computers soon be automatically equipped with one?

But concerning technology moving forward.... we also know that there have been civilizations that have been set back or wiped out! Hopefully that won't be us!


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