Thursday, January 31, 2008

Thursday Thirteen

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One Hundred Years Ago...

1. Only 14% of the homes had a bathtub.
2. Only 8% of the homes had a telephone.
3. There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.
4. The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
5. The average wage was 22 cents per hour.
6. The average worker made between $200 and $400 per year.
7. More than 95% of all births took place at HOME.
8. Sugar cost four cents a pound, eggs were fourteen cents a dozen, & coffee was fifteen cents a pound.
9. Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
10. Five leading causes of death were: Pneumonia and influenza, tuberculosis, diarrhea, heart disease, & stroke.
11. Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and ice tea hadn't been invented yet.
12. Two out of every 10 adults couldn't read or write.
13. Only 6% of all Americans had graduated from high school.
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19. Natalie
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25. Journeywoman

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secret agent mama said...

Wow! Isn't that something else! Great list. :D

Missy said...

Wow! That puts a great deal into perspective. Awesome list!

Missy said...

Wow! That puts a great deal into perspective. Awesome list!

MondaythroughSunday said...

There are some of those that make me very grateful to not have lived back then...1,9-13..then others would be nice..a little slower paced.

Speedcat Hollydale said...

OMGarsh ... I don't think I would do very well back then, esp. when I would eat all of the shampoo!!

Hello from SpeedyCat

Lori said...

Great list and very hard to believe. Only 14 % of homes had bath tubs...I bet those were some pretty stinky times;) Happy TT and thanks for stopping by. Could you imagine only making $200 a year?? Yikes!

Gattina said...

Yes it is amazing what progresses have been made in the last 100 years ! And still even today some women think that washing their hair more than twice a months is not good !

Nicholas said...

Fascinating list. I wonder what they will look back at in 2108 and gasp at how primitive we are!

Trivia: In 1905 there were only two cars in the entire state of Kansas, but they still managed to crash into each other.

Zenmomma said...

What a difference a century makes!

OneLuvGurl said...

I love reading facts like this! Thanks!

I posted my first Thursday Thirteen post here.

Sarge Charlie said...

and people still bitch about what we have, go figure.

K.T. is Mommatude said...

Man sugar went up in price and eggs went down,if you figure that up through the years anyhow-

Very interesting,I love this stuff!!!

Matt-Man said...

Interesting facts Tish. Enjoy your Thursday. Cheers!!

the teach said...

Loved this, Tish! I love reading about how much things are today! Ha! Thanks for visiting me at my TT post! I appreciate it! :)

tegdirb92 said...

my how times have changed!! A great list that puts things into perspective!

The Mama Bear said...

Great list....I am one of those silly people who loves to read "This Day in History" whenever I can. You learn so much.
Happy Thursday!

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Heart of Rachel said...

Hi Tisha. This is an interesting list. Makes me appreciate the privileges we have in today's modern times.

My TT: Environmental Care

Laura said...

Sure helps in the perspective department! Happy T-13!

AtomiK Kitten said...

Don't use wish things were still so inexpensive?

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

What a great list. I didn't know most of these either. Excellent look back into the past. Have a great TT Tisha. :)

Natalie said...

I'm so grateful to be around now instead of then. It's weird to think my husband's grandma, she's 91 1/2, was around when things were nearly like that. Wow!

Mo said...

Damn, no iced tea.
I'm going to un-plug the Way-Back Machine.

imadramamama said...

My, how times have changed!

maggie's mind said...

Great list! Amazing how different our lives are. I can't help but wonder what will be different in 100 years from now, too.

Tasina said...

Once a month wash my hair. I would be a puddle of grease and filth. Yucky. Interesting list!

tasha said...

How interesting! Thanks for the great read! Happy TT!

Journeywoman said...

That's just fascinating. It's amazing how far we've come.