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“THE YEAR 1907
This will boggle your mind, I know it did mine!
The year is 1907.
One hundred years ago.
What a difference a century makes!
Here are some statistics for the Year 1907 :
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.
A three-minute call from Denver to New York City cost eleven dollars.
There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles or 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 1907 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
Ninety percent 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 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 that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.
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!!!!
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.
Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and ice tea hadn’t been invented yet.
There was no Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.
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 comple xion, 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.
Now I forwarded this from someone else (Dad) 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. ”
Interesting. Can we verify this? I checked Snopes etc. I did a quick Google search and found this document or versions of it dated 1902, 1904, 1906, and 1910 as well as 1907. Maybe this sort of semi-authoritative web document would make a great treasure hunt for an information lteracy team project.
For example “Two out of every 10 adults couldn’t read or write”? and other assertions. Try this link. After the assignment, have a debate: “Who can you trust?”

Posted on: December 31, 2007, 5:26 pm Category: Uncategorized

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  1. Punch Jackson said

    Stephen, the 100 year theme is a great one.
    In 1907 the Alberta Public Libraries Act was put in place.
    A centennial video was created to celebrate that 100 years.
    Many challenges to come but we took a few minutes to celebrate.
    If it doesn’t connect visit youtube and put in Alberta Libraries.
    Best wishes for 2008. Keep up the good work.