Porch Furniture a Hundred Years Ago

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

Monday, July 8, 1912:  Nothing much to record. My head feels sort of heavy like.

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

My head feels heavy like, too. I think it’s the hot weather. On days like this, I wish that my house had an old-fashioned porch that I could sit on.

Here are some drawings of furniture for summer porches from an article called “The Little House Summer Porch: Making the Living Porch Attractive” in the July, 1912 issue of Ladies Home Journal.

6 Responses

  1. …while sipping lemonade or ice tea! It is a perfect Sunday afternoon for that. Funny I was just thinking what would your grandmother be doing on such a hot afternoon – thanks for the visual! ;) Patty

  2. Something wrong with the link…but finally got through… That swing looks like a good idea. I have a porch but it draws wasps due to the old wood. I often think I’d like to go sit out there in the morning before the wasps come just to watch the birds etc… but never any time. That’s probably why they stopped building porches on houses… no one has any time any more…. Actually, with all the work on the farm I don’t think your Grandmother had much time for sitting on the porch… wonder if she spent much time in her hamock???

    • Thanks for persevering! I tried to replicate your problems with the link, but couldn’t do it. Hopefully the issue has resolved itself.

      Wasps on the porch doesn’t found like fun. The older I get the more that I wish that I had a porch.–but with no wasps.:)

  3. What a neat blog! Gosh, they sure knew how to dress 100 years ago, didn’t they??

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