The Year…1905.

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.

Painted Lady butterfly.

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.Β  I hope you have a great day and God bless!

Steve and Muffin.

Β© 2019 Steve McLeod.

66 Comments on “The Year…1905.

  1. Today , people are more abundant and standards of living are higher worldwide now but I think also that 1US dollar.
    Back then a century ago was more much more than 1 US dollar these days…

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  2. I heard that even a radio something like 70 or 80 years ago was something thst was so amazing and all your neighborhood would come to visit you back if you own a radio to listen to …
    A century ago or even a little less , many people here in Lebanon , would travel to USA, Australia or Brazil or Mexico by ships in one month …

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    • Yes, I have read that owning a radio back then was a big event and even though it was very hard to hear because of static people would still crowd around it anyway. Times sure change. Travel time is certainly a very big change.

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  3. That was a lot of change… wow, dont tell me u time travelled againπŸ˜‰ U wrote like you lived by that time😁 Now i could replace my figment of Jake from 11.22.63 as SteveπŸ˜‰βœ¨πŸ€—βœοΈ

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    • Yes, it’s interesting to read and compare these changes! A lot has changed in the past 100 years. Thanks for reading Kevin! Have a great afternoon!πŸ˜πŸ˜ΊπŸπŸ‚


  4. Well, i would love to😁, but sands are banned here😳. i may hav to travel to rajastan for all sands,πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. Our monsoon lost his cyclone, back to warm days againπŸ™„, waiting for a better cyclone☺️✨ Have a Good Night SteveβœοΈπŸ€—

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  5. Love this facts ❀ Thanks for sharing Steve! I'm having a hard time imagining myself washing my hair once a month. Only 3 days without washing it, and I feel so icky already…

    That butterfly is a painting? Woah! So realistic 😲

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