17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Tuesday, June 18, 1912: I seemed to have had sort of a hard time today.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Sounds like things still weren’t going well. The previous day Grandma wrote that she didn’t feel well, but that no one took it seriously.
Yesterday, I posted an old advertisement for a patent medicine. A hundred years ago, they were controversial and were just beginning to be regulated by the government.
Here’s a cartoon about patent medicines that appeared in the September, 1910 issue of National Food Magazine.
“That’ll make it stop crying, 50 cents, please.”
<<drawing of crying mother>>