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SOME INTERESTING STATISTICS FROM ONE CENTURY AGO

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   Tuberculosis

o   Diarrhea.

o   Heart disease

o   Stroke

·         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


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