What a differance 100 years makes..from Bill Graves.

In the Summer of 1900:
The average life expectancy in the United States was

                  Only 14 percent of the homes in the United States had a

                  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 US and only 144 miles
                  of paved roads.

                  The maximum speed limit in most cities was ten mph.

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

                  The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Towel.

                  The average wage in the US was twenty-two cents an

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

                  A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per
                  year, a dentist $2500 per year, a veterinarian between
                  $1500 and $4000 per year, and a mechanical engineer
                  about $5000 per year.

                  More than 95 percent of all births in the United States
                  took place at home.

                  Ninety percent of all US 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 cost 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, either as travelers or

                  The five leading causes of death in the US 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.

                  Drive-by shootings "in which teenage boys galloped
                  down the street on horses and started randomly shooting
                  at houses, carriages, or anything else that caught their
                  fancy" were an ongoing problem in Denver and other
                  cities in the West.

                  The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was thirty. The
                  remote desert community was inhabited by only a
                  handful of ranchers and their families.

                  Plutonium, insulin, and antibiotics hadn't been discovered

                  Scotch tape, crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced
                  tea hadn't been invented.

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

                  Punch-card data processing had recently been developed,
                  and early predecessors of the modern computer were
                  used for the first time by the government to help compile
                  the 1900 census.

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

                  There were about 230 reported murders in the US

Robert A. Caro is writing a multi-volume biography of Lyndon Johnson. In the first volume, Caro devotes a chapter to describing the typical life of a poor West Texas farm family around the time of Johnson’s birth in 1908. Sweet Jesus, it is unimaginable. Even more unimaginable is the fact that by the standards of human history, those people were living in paradise. All I can say is that anyone who romanticizes how things were back in the “good old days” is displaying an appalling ignorance of history.