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What Do We Know About 1906?Posted by John Bonynge on 9/7/2016 8:00:00 AMWhat was life like in 1906? What significant events happened in that year? What technology was available? What were cars like back then? Were there airplanes? What were the most recent inventions?Use these links to give you information to write an interesting letter to a friend who will be spending the night on Hyde Street Pier. Here is a great example of a letter.
Here are some of the U.S. statistics for the Year 1906:
The average life expectancy in the US. was 47.
A three-minute call from Denver to New York City cost eleven dollars.
There were only 8,000 cars in the U.S., 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 people, California was only the 21st most populous state in the Union.
The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower!
The average wage in the US was 22 cents per hour.
The average U.S. 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,
-a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.
More than 95 percent of all births in the U.S. took place at HOME.
Ninety percent of all U.S. doctors had no college education!
Instead, they attended so-called "medical schools", many of which were condemned in the press and by the government as "sub-standard."
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. (EEEWW!)
Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.
The Five leading causes of death in the U.S. 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 only 30!
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 U.S. adults couldn't read or write. Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.