I'd rather be a seamstress (sigh).
From: Kathy Salkin [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Friday, September 13, 2002 3:15 PM
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Subject: To Put Things in Perspective...A Hundred Years Ago...
A Hundred Years Ago..
..The average life expectancy in the United States was forty-seven.
..Only 14 percent of the homes in the United States had a bathtub.
..Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone. A three-minute call from
to New York City cost eleven dollars.
..There were only 8,000 cars in the US and only 144 miles of paved roads.
maximum speed limit in most cities was ten mph.
..Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee were each more heavily populated
than California. With a mere 1.4 million residents, California was only the
twenty-first most populous state in the Union.
..The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.
..The average wage in the US was twenty-two 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
per year, a veterinarian between $1500 and $4000 per year, and a mechanical
engineer about $5000 per year.
..More than 95 percent of all births in the United States took place at
..Ninety percent of all US physicians had no college education. Instead,
attended medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press and by
government as "substandard."
..Sugar cost four cents a pound. Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen. Coffee
fifteen cents a pound.
..Most women only washed their hair once a month and used borax or egg yolks
..Canada passed a law prohibiting poor people from entering the country for
any reason, either as travelers or immigrants.
..The five leading causes of death in the US were: 1. Pneumonia and
2. Tuberculosis, 3. Diarrhea, 4. Heart disease,
..The American flag had 45 stars. Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Hawaii and
Alaska hadn't been admitted to the Union yet.
..Drive-by shootings -- in which teenage boys galloped down the street on
horses and started randomly shooting at houses, carriages, or anything else
that caught their fancy -- were an
ongoing problem in Denver and other cities in the West.
..The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was thirty. The remote desert
was inhabited by only a handful of ranchers and their families.
..Plutonium, insulin, and antibiotics hadn't been discovered yet. Scotch
crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented.
..There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.
..One in ten US adults couldn't read or write. Only 6 percent of all
had graduated from high school.
..Some medical authorities warned that professional seamstresses were apt to
become sexually aroused by the steady rhythm, hour after hour, of the sewing
machine's foot pedals. They recommended slipping bromide-which was thought
diminish sexual desire-into the women's drinking water.
..Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at
corner drugstores. According to one pharmacist, "Heroin clears the
gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and the bowels, and is, in
perfect guardian of health."
..Coca-Cola contained cocaine instead of caffeine.
..Punch-card data processing had recently been developed, and early
predecessors of the modern computer were used for the first time by the
government to help compile the 1900 census.
..Eighteen percent of households in the United States had at least one
full-time servant or domestic.
..There were about 230 reported murders in the US
NOTE: Upon reflection, I'm glad I'm living now and not a hundred years ago.