THE YEAR 1908

This will boggle your mind
The year is 1908.
One hundred years ago.
What a difference a century makes!
Here are some statistics for the Year 1908 :
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The average life expectancy was 47 years.

Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.

Only 8 percent of the 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 in 1908 was 22 cents per hour.

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

A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year,
A dentist $2,500 per 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 .

Sugar cost four cents a pound.

Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.

Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.

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

Five leading causes of death were:
1. Pneumonia and influenza
2. Tuberculosis
3. Diarrhea
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.

Two 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.’

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

There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A. !

Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years.

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7 thoughts on “THE YEAR 1908

  1. loved the trivia about the heroin! heehee.

    but getting to shampoo your hair only once a month? well i guess eggs were more useful as food than as a beauty implement 😉

  2. Oh oneother thing i cant resist mentioning but who are beating your yankees to death this weekend? Oh yeah my RED SOX!

    * Oh thanks for the reminder.

  3. Amazing. So then it’s true what I read about the causes of death at the turn of the century…that most were from contagious diseases and that at the turn of the present century they were most often stress or lifestyle related like heart disease and cancer.

    * Oh hello stranger! How I have missed you…I must pop in and see you sometime.

  4. Very fun post. It is truly amazing how things have changed in such a relatively short period of time. I sometime trip out on how much things have changed since I was a kid.

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