DT sends us these factoids and statistics from a century ago. Think about these when you miss "the good old days":
The average life expectancy in the U.S. was 47 years. (Yipes, I'm dead!)
Only 14% of homes in the U.S. had a bathtub (No, they didn't have showers.)
Only 8% of homes had a telephone. And a three-minute call from Denver to New York City cost $11. (I think I'm still on that calling plan...)
There were 8000 cars in the U.S., and only 144 miles of paved roads. (The original Ford Model A was made from 1903 to 1905, in which time 1750 of them were made.)
The speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa and Tennessee were more heavily populated than California (Oh, how the mighty have fallen, Shawn.)
California was the 21st most populous state in the Union with 1.4 million people.
The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.
More than 95% of births took place at home.
Sugar cost four cents a pound
Most women washed their hair once a month, using borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
The five leading causes of death in the U.S. were: Pneumonia/influenza, tuberculosis, diarrhea, heart disease, stroke.
Only 6% of Americans had graduated from high school.
20% of Americans couldn't read or write. (I'd have thought a lot more--this sometimes seems to be the case today.)
There were about 230 murders in the entire U.S.
Marijuana, heroin and morphine were available over the counter at the local drug store.