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 thoughts on “1912 Slipper Advertisement

  1. Last comment for today…

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

    “MRS. HENRIETTA A. LAGASS”

    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.”

  2. 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.

          1. You’re right, everything was much cheaper. It’s kind of difficult to figure out exactly what the inflation rate has been over the last 100 years–but multiplying things by 20 or 25 gives a good estimate. So the $2 slippers probably would cost $40 or $50 today which would be a lot.

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