One Hundred Years Ago: What A Difference A Century Makes!
Here are some of the U.S. statistics for the year 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 3 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 people, 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 per hour.
The average U.S. worker made between $200 and $400 per year.
A competent accountant could expect to earn $2,000 per year, a dentist $2,500, 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.
90 percent of all U.S. doctors had no college education.
Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press and by the government as “substandard”.
Sugar cost 4 cents a pound, eggs were 14 cents a dozen and coffee was 15 cents a pound.
Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
Well, I hope you enjoyed this little look back to 1905. I hope you have a great day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
© 2019 Steve McLeod.