17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Thursday, May 9, 1912: I brought my dress home today. It is an Indian linen trimmed with wide embroidery, edged on both sides. I think it is very nice. Of course, I intend to get a far grander one next spring.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
This dress must have been really special. Grandma mentioned buying it (or maybe buying cloth and a pattern to make it) in nearby Milton on April 27. On April 30, she went “uptown” to get it made (or maybe altered)—and on May 7 she went back to get it fitted.
Did the linen really come from India? In the days before modern transportation, it seems like it would have been expensive (and unusual) to import cloth from Asia.
(It’s also interesting that Grandma wrote about wanting to make a dress in the previous day’s entry. She was going to have lots of new clothes very soon. )