17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Thursday, May 16, 1912:Oh dear today was one raining day. My dress is finished, but such a time as Ma and I had to get it so. She made it and I did the bossing. If I could have a good pen my writing might look some better.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Yeah, the dress was finished! Grandma mentioned the dress at least three times during May.
May 8: Did some sewing this afternoon. I have so many things to fix over and a dress I want to get made. . .
May 13: Ma got my dress on the go at last and I’ll keep at her until she gets it made.
What could Grandma and her mother have disagreed about regarding the dress?
In other words, what stylish features did young people like a hundred years ago that their mothers thought were inappropriate or didn’t think looked good? . . . tight bodices? . . . shorter dresses that exposed ankles? . . . low necklines? . . . ???