The Hat Question

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

Friday, April 26, 1912:I am so anxious about the morrow. It is drizzling tonight and I’m so afraid it will be raining in the morning when I get up. You see the hat question has become a serious problem to me.

Source: Ladies Home Journal (June, 1911)

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

What exactly is the hat problem?  This is the second time in less than a week that Grandma mentioned a hat.  On April 21, 1912 she wrote:

Went to Sunday School this afternoon. Wish I had my new hat, I’d wear it if I had.

For more pictures of women’s hats a hundred years ago, see  previous post:

Women’s Hats a Hundred Years Ago  

14 Responses

  1. She was probably worried the rain would ruin the hat…maybe made of silk?

  2. Your poor grandma – when the weather was fine the hat hadn’t arrived and when the hat had arrived it started to rain! :)

  3. I agree with Barbara – she ordered a hat and it hadn’t arrived and then she fretted about the rain ruining the hat. Once those hats were wet, they would become soggy and droop. I think the remedy was to re-starch it but not sure. Rather comical when you think of a high schooler’s concern about her hat. Can you imagine today’s kids worrying about a hat? Nope, they would toss it aside and get another one. Grandma lived in a time when you bought something, you took care of it.

    • I long for the old days when people took care of things (and fixed and mended things when they broke or tore) instead of just throwing them out. There is so much waste now . . .

  4. Ah, the old hat problem! My, how times and women have changed!! Loving the uniqueness of your Blog!!

  5. Am noticing that lovely Grandma was “fretting” on a Friday Night. Was it a special Saturday event that she was planning to wear her new hat to? … If so, what was it, dear Helena?
    As an aside… “never in her wildest dreams” could Grandma have imagined that 100 years later so many women, from all over the world, would be “reading” her precious Diary, “chatting” with their fingers and trying to imagine exactly what her life was like.
    Thanks again Sheryl for the sharing :-)

    • She would be absolutely amazed–both about today’s technology and that people would care a hundred years later about what she wrote. Though I want to think that she’d feel at least a little bit pleased that people found what she wrote interesting.

  6. [...] past Sunday Grandma wrote that she wished she had her new hat; and, the previous day she’d written that she hoped it won’t be raining the next day because “the hat question had [...]

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