Hundred-Year-Old Christmas Gift Suggestion: Nightgowns and Robes

16-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Thursday, December 7, 1911: Really there’s nothing to write about except that which isn’t worth writing about.

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Since Grandma didn’t write much today, I’ll share some more pictures from the December 1911 issue of Ladies Home Journal. It’s apparently been a tradition for many years to give sleep wear as a Christmas gift.

There's even misletoe in the woman's hand!

There were two articles in the magazine that showed pictures of nightgowns and robes that readers could buy patterns to make. One article was called,  “What Should I Make My Friends?” and the other was titled, “The Christmas Negligee—Suitable for the Young Girl as Well as the Matron”

In every woman’s wardrobe there is a place for useful negligees, and surely no more adaptable gift could be found for the comfort-loving woman . . .

2 Responses

  1. What an elegant design for that first feature! I’m not sure I’d enjoy the luxurious collar for sleepwear, but it certainly would be cozy as a fur collar on a coat!

    • Yes, it would be cozy. :) People probably needed cozy sleepwear back then since houses were a lot colder at night (and I don’t think that bedrooms were generally heated).

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