As time passes, here are some interesting statistics from a century ago –1917:
· The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.
· Fuel for cars was sold in drug stores only.
· Only 14 percent of homes had a bathtub.
· Only 8 percent of homes had a telephone.
· The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
· The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.
· About 47% of the population made between $1000 and $2000 per year. The average US wage in 1910 was 22 cents per hour.
· The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year.
· A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year.
· A veterinarian earned between $1,500 and $4,000 per year; a mechanical engineer got about $5,000 per year.
· More than 95 percent of all births took place at home.
· Ninety percent of all doctors attended medical schools but did not have a 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.
· Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering their country for any reason.
· The five leading causes of death were:
o Pneumonia and influenza
o Heart disease
· The American flag had 45 stars.
· The population of Las Vegas was 30.
· Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn’t been invented yet.
· There was neither a Mother’s Day nor a Father’s Day.
· Two out of every 10 US adults couldn’t read or write.
· Only 6 percent of Americans had graduated from high school.
· Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at local corner drugstores.
· Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help.
· There were about 230 reported murders in the country