Monday, November 24, 2008

Life in 1908 vs. Life in 2008. Eye-Opening Stats you should read and pass along...

Dateline: November 24, 2008

Chicago, IL USA: Straight in from One of the Planets best Authors and former Literary Agent, Lenny Cavallaro of Boston, here’s a Piece (that is now in eMail Format) that will ‘blow your mind.’

Just when you think you may be having a Bleak Holiday Season minus all the Widgets, Gadgets, Whistles and Bells that you are formerly used to buying, carefully read and absorb what this Passage says. It definitely will put your Life into order FAST.

Unfortunately, an Author was not cited, otherwise, his/her name would have been listed here – as this Copy definitely took time to research and set up.

Without further adieu, here’s a Glimpse of Life a Century ago…

THE YEAR 1908 - One hundred years ago. What a Difference a Century makes!

Here are some Vital Statistics for the Year 1908 :
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The average life expectancy was 47 years.

Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.

Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.

There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.

The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.

The average wage in 1908 was 22 cents per hour.

The average 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 took place at HOME .

Ninety percent of all doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION!

Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press AND the government as 'substandard. '

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 into their country for any reason.

Five leading causes of death were:
1. Pneumonia and influenza 2. Tuberculosis 3. Diarrhea 4. Heart disease 5. Stroke

The American flag had 45 stars.

The population of Las Vegas , Nevada was only 30!

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

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

Two out of every 10 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 the local corner drugstores. Back then pharmacists said: 'Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health.'

Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help.

There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A.

Now I forwarded this from someone else without typing it myself, and sent it to you and others all over Canada & U.S.A - possibly the world, in a matter of seconds! Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years. This staggers The Mind.

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