What a difference 100 years makes.

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    I have not checked these out as absolute truth. But here goes anyway.

    The year is 1902 , one hundred years ago... what a difference a century makes.
    Here are the U.S. statistics for 1902....

    The average life expectancy in the US was forty-seven.

    Only 14 Percent of the homes in the US 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 10 mph.

    Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee were each more heavily populated than California. With a mere 1.4 million residents, 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 US was 22 cents an hour.

    The average US 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 in the US took place at home.

    Ninety percent of all US 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.

    The five leading causes of death in the US 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 30.

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

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

    One in ten US 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."

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

    There were only about 230 reported murders in the entire US.

    Just think what it will be like in another 100 years.


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    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.
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    That's back when engineers were appreciated.
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    It's also the last time engineers were worth that much due to scarcity and above average intelligence. Now they are a dime a dozen.
    Guns cause crime, like spoons made Rosie fat


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    No canned beer?

    Life sure was rough.

    Also there is still a disparity between the pay for engineers and accountants.

    A competent engineer makes maybe $70K per year.

    An incompetent accountant can make $200K per year working at Arthur Anderson by auditing ENRON and WorldCom.
     
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