We are CLOSED today, but here's what the world looked like back then:
-First class stamps were 3 cents!
-US federal spending was about $55 billion (that's in 1998 dollars). For contrast, that is actually LESS than we spent on pets in the United States last year ($58-ish billion).
-ENIAC (the first real computer) was completed on February 14, 1946, 6 weeks after Smith Vet opened. It weighed around 27 tons and occupied something like 1,800 square feet. Want to take a guess as to how this house-sized beast would stack up against a modern cell phone? The cell phone's about 1300 (yes, THIRTEEN HUNDRED) times more powerful.
-I found this cool blog post from Voces de Santa Fe describing kind of a walk through downtown Santa Fe in the 1940s, including the names and types of businesses: "On and Around the Plaza in the 1930s and 40s." I think the only business names I recognized were Kaune's and Evangelo's (both still going strong!).
What else was born in 1946 (but after January 1st) and is thus technically younger than Smith Vet Hospital?
-The United Nations
-The CIA (then known as the Central Intelligence Group)
-It's a Wonderful Life
-The San Francisco 49ers!
-The modern bikini swimsuit
-The Cannes Film Festival