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The year is 1903, one hundred years ago ...
what a difference a century makes.

Here are the US statistics for 1903.... 


The average life expectancy in the US was 
forty-seven (47). 


Only  14  % 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 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.

 

More than 95 percent of all births in the US took 
place at home. 



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. 



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  from now. It boggles the mind.......... 
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