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From: "from S-J" <>
Subject: Re: [Q-R] O/T 100 Years Ago.
Date: Sun, 28 Nov 2010 21:43:29 -0500
Thanks for posting this. My parents were born around that time. Even
though we all hail from Canada, things were much the same here as in the US.
It is always interesting to realize how much times have changed.
What caught my eye was the cost of one long distance telephone call -- the
average man had to work approx 2 weeks!! to earn that. Now we can get
unlimited long distance plans for about $20 (-+ 1 hour wage) per MONTH.
Also, my grandchildren (I call 'My Treasures") are at a very inquisitive
stage about the 'olden days' and will find your post extremely interesting.
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From: "T. Arthur Henault" <>
Subject: [Q-R] O/T 100 Years Ago.
On Jan. 3rd 1910 my Father was born in Pascoag, RI. Emile J. Henault Sr.
The average life expectancy in the United States was forty seven.
Only 14 percent of the homes in the United States 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 United States and only 144 miles of
The Maximum Speed limit in most cities was ten miles per hour.
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 United States was twenty two cents an hour. The
average US. worker made between $200 and $400 per year.
More than 95 percent of all births in the United States took place in
Sugar cost four cents a pound, Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen, and
coffee cost fifteen cents a pound.
Most women only washed their hair once a month and used borax or egg
yolks for shampoo.
The five leading causes of death in the United States were, ~ Pneumonia
and influenza, Tuberculosis, Diarrhea, Heart disease, and 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 thirty. a few ranchers and their
There was no Mothers Day, or Fathers Day.
One in ten US. adults couldn't read or write. Only 6 percent of all
Americans had graduated from high school.
Coca Cola contained Cocaine instead of Caffeine.
Age doesn't always bring wisdom, Sometimes age comes alone.
As I said before, I never repeat myself.
There is a very fine line between " hobby " and "mental illness".
Info. from Various sources.
Moose Hugs Tommy