1912 Slipper Advertisement

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

Friday, December 20, 1912: Ruth came home this afternoon. Wonder if she has a fine and dandy present for me.

slipper a hundred years ago

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

Ruth had been in Sunbury since the 16th. I think that she was attending a teachers’ training institute over winter break. What Christmas present did she buy for Grandma? Maybe Ruth bought Grandma some slippers.  They would have been a fine and dandy present.

slipper a hundred years ago

1912 slipper

children's slippers a hundred years agoSource: An advertisement by the Daniel Green Felt Shoe Company in the December, 1912 issue of Ladies Home Journal

38 Responses

  1. Which slipper would you want? Would you go for the fancy Deluxe model :-).

  2. I like the little research you do…

    Slippers for Christmas! Time has change.

    That’s what I meant by great blog, simple but profound.
    We can read between the lines.

    I wish I had the diary of Henriette Alexandre my great-grandmother.

    If you have been reading my blog, you know who she is.


  3. BTW… My 3rd cousin had the info about Henriette.

    He had it all along. He thought I had it.


  4. Last comment for today…

    An Obituary in the 19 September 1907 issue of the Bristol Press reads:


    Mrs. Henrietta A., wife of Dennis Lagasse, died at her home on Lake Avenue about four o’clock yesterday afternoon, after an illness of a few weeks. She was 62 years of age and is survived by her husband and several sons and daughters, among whom is Supernumerary Policeman Adlore Lagasse. The arrangements for the funeral had not been completed this morning.”

  5. Well not the last one.

    You are bringing back your grandmother back to life again with your blog.

    That’s what I have been doing with mine. Of course I got carried away and brought to life all her descendants also.

    Just wanted to let you know…

    Happy Holidays.

  6. “Men’s: Same is women. But without ribbon.”
    I found it funny. :)

  7. I got my daughter slippers this year. I also made most of the gifts. I made Christmas ornaments! I hope they like them!

  8. Slippers are still a fine and dandy present! Your grandma’s excitement over Christmas is catchy. Imagine that! 100 years later.

  9. I am curious to see if she writes down any of her gifts received in her diary on the 25th.

  10. I would buy those ones on top in a heart beat, in Lavender I should think. Mind you at only $2.00 maybe I’d get the Blue ones too…Cute

  11. Oh my! My grandfather used to use the expression “fine and dandy” all the time! Cuddly slippers sound like a great gift to me. :)

  12. Your blog always makes me smile. Thanks. I needed that! :)

  13. I think I would like…oh, those are for children…so I guess I would take the peerless :) I hope she tells us what she got too but I doubt it.

  14. If I went back to 1912…I would be so rich. *teehee*
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  15. Very cute slippers! The comfys are adorable!

  16. Is it me or are those slippers SUPER expensive for that day and age? I love the Dutch kids on some of the slippers. I wonder if Dutch kids had slippers with American children on them. :)

  17. […] keeping my fingers crossed that Grandma got the De Luxe slippers in her favorite […]

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