One Century Ago!
The year is 1906, just one hundred years ago. What a difference a century makes. Here are some U.S. statistics from the year 1906:
v The average life expectancy in the United States was 47 years.
v A three-minute phone call from Denver to New York City cost $11.00.
v There were only 8,000 cars in the U.S. and only 144 miles of paved roads.
v The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
v Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee were each more heavily populated than California.
v With a mere 1.4 million people, the state of California was only the 21st most populous state in the Union.
v The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.
v The average wage in the U.S. was 22 cents per hour.
v The average U.S. worker made between $200 and $400 per year.
v A competent accountant earned $2000 per year, a dentist $2500 per year, a veterinarian $2000 per year, and a mechanical engineer $5000 per year.
v Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.
v Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over-the-counter at the local drugstores.
v Eighteen percent of households in the U.S. had at least one full-time servant.
v There were 230 reported murders in the entire U.S. during that year.
What might these statistics be 100 years from now?