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Visiting The Past

--The average life expectancy in the U.S was 47 years.

--Only 14 percent of the homes in the U.S had a bathtub.

--Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.

--A three-minute call from Denver to New York City cost eleven dollars.

--There were only 8,000 cars in the U.S, and only 144 miles of paved roads.

--The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

--Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee were each more heavily populated than California. With a mere 1.4 million residents, California was only the 21st most populous state in the Union.

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

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

--The average U.S 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 in the U.S took place at home.

--Ninety percent of all U.S physicians had no college education. Instead, they attended medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press and by the government as substandard.

--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.

--Canada passed a law prohibiting poor people from entering the country for any reason.

--The five leading causes of death in the U.S were:
     1. Pneumonia and influenza
     2. Tuberculosis
     3. Diarrhea
     4. Heart disease
     5. Stroke

--The American flag had 45 stars. Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Hawaii, and Alaska hadn't been admitted to the Union yet.

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

--Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented.

--There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.

--Two out of 10 U.S adults couldn't read or write. Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated high school.

--Eighteen percent of households in the U.S had at least one full-time servant or domestic.

--There were only about 230 reported murders in the entire U.S.


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