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  1. 100 years ago Author Unknown http://www.puffun.com/stories/100years.phtml

  2. The average life expectancy in the United States was 47.

  3. Only 14 percent of the homes in the United States had a bathtub.

  4. Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone. A three minute call from Denver to New York City cost eleven dollars.

  5. There were only 8,000 cars in the US and only 144 miles of paved roads.

  6. The maximum speed limit in most cities was ten mph.

  7. The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.

  8. The average wage in the U.S. was • 22 cents • an hour.

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

  10. An accountant:$2000 • A dentist: $2500 • Aveterinarian $1500-$4000 • A mechanical engineer $5000

  11. More than 95 % of all births in the United States took place at home.

  12. Ninety percent of all U.S. physicians • had no college education.

  13. Sugar cost 4 cents a lb. • Eggs 14 cents a dozen. • Coffee 15cents a lb.

  14. Most women only washed their hair once a month and used borax or egg yolks for shampoo.

  15. The top 3 causes of death: Pneumonia and influenza Tuberculosis Diarrhea

  16. The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was 30.

  17. One in ten U.S. adults couldn't read or write.

  18. Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.

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

  20. Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at corner drugstore.

  21. Coca-Cola contained cocaine instead of caffeine.