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    THE YEAR 1906
    The year is 1906 – one hundred and one years ago. What a difference a century makes. Here are some statistics for the Year 1906 : (Figures apply to the US)
    The average life expectancy was 47 years
    Only 14 percent of homes had a bathtub
    Only 8% of homes had a telephone
    There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads
    The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph
    The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower
    The average wage was 22 cents per hour
    The average worker made between $200 and $400 per year
    A competent accountant could expect to earn $2,000 per year, a dentist $2,500 a year,
    a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about
    $5,000 per year.
    More than 95 percent of all births took place at home
    90% of all 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 14 cents a dozen
    Coffee was 15 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 their country for any reason
    Five leading causes of death were : 1. Pneumonia and influenza, 2. Tuberculosis, 3
    Diarrhoea, 4. Heart disease, 5. Stroke
    The American flag had 45 stars
    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
    2 out of every 10 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”
    18% of households had at least 1 full-time servant or domestic help
    There were about 230 reported murders in the entire USA
    Now I forwarded this from someone else without typing it myself, and sent it to you and others all over the world in a matter of seconds. Try to imagine what it may be
    like in another 100 years. It staggers the mind!!!
    "There's one way to find out if a man is honest-ask him. If he says 'yes,' you know he is a crook." Groucho Marx
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