Life a Century (or two) Ago

As reprinted from an exchange in the January 18, 1901 Skidmore Standard:

Life a Century Ago
One hundred years ago a man could not take a ride on a steamboat.
He could not go from Washington to New York in a few hours.
He had never seen an electric light or dreamed of an electric car.
He could not send a telegram.
He couldn’t talk through the telephone and he never heard of the hello girl.
He couldn’t ride a bicycle.
He could not call in a stenographer and dictate a letter.
He had never received a typewritten communication.
He had never heard of the germ theory or worried over bacilli and bacteria.
He never looked pleasant before a photographer or had his picture taken.
He never heard a phonograph talk or saw a kintescope turn out a prize fight.
He never saw through a Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary with the aid of a Roentgen ray.
He had never taken a ride in an elevator.
He had never imagined such a thing as a typesetting machine or a typewriter.
He had never used anything but a wood plow.
He had never seen his wife using a sewing machine.
He had never struck a match on his pants or anything else.
He couldn’t take an anaesthetic and have his leg cut off without feeling it.
He had never purchased a 10 cent magazine which would have been regarded as a miracle of art.
He could not buy a paper for a cent and learn everything that had happened the day before all over the world.
He had never seen a McCormick reaper or self binding harvester.
He had never crossed an iron bridge.
In short there were several things that he could not do and several things that he did not know.

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