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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?

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