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1904 Statistics 11/23/2006 9:16:58 AM Life changes faster than we realize.
Things we now condemn were common:
- Canada passed a law prohibiting poor people from entering the country for any reason.
- Over-the-counter drugs were marijuana, heroin, and morphine
- More than half the scientific and medical community had developed healthy coke habits.
According to one pharmacist,
"Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health."
LIFE STATISTICS
Life Expectancy: 47 years.
Births at home: 95%
Leading causes of death in the US:
1. Pneumonia and influenza
2. Tuberculosis
3. Diarrhea
4. Heart disease
5. Stroke
Murders per year: 230
HOMES
- with a bathtub: 14%
- with fulltime servants: 18%
- with a telephone: 8%
A three-minute call from Denver to New York City: $11.
TRANSPORTATION
- Cars in the US: 8,000
- Paved roads: 144 miles
- City speed limit: 10 mph
INCOME
- Average Wage: 22 cents
- Average Income: $200 to $400 per year
- Accountants: $2000
- Dentist: $2,500
- Veterinarian: $1,500 to $4,000
- Mechanical engineer: $5,000
EDUCATION
- High school graduates: 6%
- People who could read: 20%
HEALTH
- Physicians with no college education: 90%
- Medical schools were condemned as "substandard."
- Women washed their hair once a month with borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
POPULATION
- Number of States: 45
- Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Hawaii, and Alaska weren't states
- Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee were more populated than California.
- California residents: 1.4 million, 21st most populated state
- Las Vegas, Nevada residents: 30
COST OF GOODS
- Sugar: 4 cents per pound
- Eggs: 14 cent a doznen
- Coffee: 15 cents per pound
- Worlds Tallest Structure: Eiffel Tower
- Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented.
- There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.
Wednesday, November 23, 2005