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    HARD TO BELIEVE - Only 100 Years Ago Today

    From a recent 2007 email:

    One hundred years ago.
    What a difference a century makes!
    Here are some of the U.S. Statistics for the Year 1907:
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    The average life expectancy in the U.S. was 47 years old.

    Only 14 percent of the homes in the U.S. 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 U.S. 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 people! California was only the 21st Most populous state in the Union (I wish that were still so )


    The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower !

    The average wage in the U.S. was 22 Cents per hour.

    The average U.S. Worker made between $200 and $400 per year.

    A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year, a dentist made $2,500 per year, a veterinarian $1,500 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year. Look how things have changed.

    More than 95 percent of all births in the U.S. took place at HOME.

    Ninety percent of all U.S. 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 in the U.S. 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 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 U.S. 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."

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


    My, my, how things have changed - let's go win some football and basketball games.


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    Re: HARD TO BELIEVE - Only 100 Years Ago Today

    Quote Originally Posted by Wesley View Post
    Two out of every 10 U.S. adults couldn't read or write.
    This still holds true for hawkeye fans.



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    Re: HARD TO BELIEVE - Only 100 Years Ago Today

    Quote Originally Posted by Wesley View Post
    Five leading causes of death in the U.S. Were:
    1. Pneumonia and influenza
    2. Tuberculosis
    3. Diarrhea
    4. Heart disease
    5. Stroke
    #3, I mean, damn, #3...not a good way to pass.


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    Re: HARD TO BELIEVE - Only 100 Years Ago Today

    I've always thought that my grandparents have seen more chance then I ever will.

    They went from the depression to a man on the moon to everything that we have today.



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    Re: HARD TO BELIEVE - Only 100 Years Ago Today

    Quote Originally Posted by SuperCy View Post
    I've always thought that my grandparents have seen more chance then I ever will.

    They went from the depression to a man on the moon to everything that we have today.
    I agree with that. I don't think the changes will be nearly that drastic for our generation. But it still makes me wonder what's in store for us in the next 50 years.

    Can you imagine showing someone a cell phone 100 years ago? What could possibly be invented that if someone came back from 100 years in the future and showed something to us, that we would be that confused/amazed?



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    Re: HARD TO BELIEVE - Only 100 Years Ago Today

    Crazy stuff great depression WWI, WWII...moon and always my favorite I'm reminded of by my Grandma...MIRCOWAVES!



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    Re: HARD TO BELIEVE - Only 100 Years Ago Today

    #3 If I ever die of that. Please don't tell anyone. Tell them I fell off a cliff or something. Just don't tell them I died of Diarreah



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    Re: HARD TO BELIEVE - Only 100 Years Ago Today

    Quote Originally Posted by Knownothing View Post
    #3 If I ever die of that. Please don't tell anyone. Tell them I fell off a cliff or something. Just don't tell them I died of Diarreah
    Good thing they don't put the cause of death in the Register's obits anymore.



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    Re: HARD TO BELIEVE - Only 100 Years Ago Today

    Quote Originally Posted by 4429 mcc View Post
    This still holds true for hawkeye fans.

    wayyyyyyy too generous


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    Re: HARD TO BELIEVE - Only 100 Years Ago Today

    Quote Originally Posted by SuperCy View Post
    I've always thought that my grandparents have seen more chance then I ever will.

    They went from the depression to a man on the moon to everything that we have today.
    My greatgrandmother died when I was 25 years old. She came to Iowa from Pennsylvania in a covered wagon pulled by oxen and lived to see man walk on the moon. She even stayed up to watch it live.


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    Re: HARD TO BELIEVE - Only 100 Years Ago Today

    and no computers or cell phones not a single luxury, like Robinson Caruso, as primative as can be.


    Sorry had to


    Last edited by Dave19642006; 01-07-2008 at 12:32 PM.

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    Re: HARD TO BELIEVE - Only 100 Years Ago Today

    I'm going to have to buy a DeLorean and have Doc Brown fix it up for me. Then take my money and go back and buy Las Vegas and California. Maybe I could make some money off of those places.



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    Re: HARD TO BELIEVE - Only 100 Years Ago Today

    3. Diarrhea
    I think this should have been an honorary #2



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    Re: HARD TO BELIEVE - Only 100 Years Ago Today

    Quote Originally Posted by 4429 mcc View Post
    Crazy stuff great depression WWI, WWII...moon and always my favorite I'm reminded of by my Grandma...MIRCOWAVES!
    Microwave!!!! General Electric, VERY NICE!

    You talk to my wife...



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    Re: HARD TO BELIEVE - Only 100 Years Ago Today

    Quote Originally Posted by isucyclone4 View Post
    #3, I mean, damn, #3...not a good way to pass.
    well, generally easy passing, but not a good way to pass



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