US Statistics for the year 1902:
The average life expectancy in the US was forty-seven
Only 14 Percent of the homes in the US 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 US 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
The average wage in the US was 22 cents an hour.
The average US worker made between $200 and $400
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 US 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.
The five leading causes of death in the US were:
1. Pneumonia and influenza
4. Heart disease
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
(see Crossword Puzzles)
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.
Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available
over the counter at corner drugstores. According to one pharmacist, "Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates
the stomach and the bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of
Eighteen percent of households in the US had at least
one full-time servant or domestic.
There were only about 230 reported murders in the