Picture of Women Churning Butter on Hundred-Year-Old Magazine Cover

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

Monday, March 24, 1913:  These days are rather dull.

Source: Kimball's Dairy Farmer Magazine (March 1, 1913)

Source: Kimball’s Dairy Farmer Magazine (March 1, 1913)

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

What did Grandma do on dull days? . . . Did she ever help her mother churn butter?

11 Responses

  1. Love the old photo. We’ve come a long way, haven’t we?? Guess dull days have been around forever!

  2. When I was a little girl I saw the movie The Music Man, which is a similar time period to the time period of Helena’s diary. I’ve been in love with that period ever since! Love the photo.

  3. Don’t those ladies look relaxed and well dressed in that dairy ad? My guess is that churning butter is actually hard labor and if they could have worn jeans, they would have. :)

  4. The boys and I made some butter a few weeks ago… we put the fresh cream (we drink fresh milk) in a glass jar and shook it, and shook it, and shoot it… but it made some great butter. Trying it with the mixer tomorrow… lol

    Love the picture… We have come a long way.

    • It sounds like so much fun making butter. You are so lucky to have fresh milk. I loved it when I was a child and really miss it now.

  5. these little diary entries are kinda funny – I love thinking about a young girl, scrawling those words down. Makes me wonder though, why she kept a diary at all!

    • I think that people sometimes keep diaries to gain insight into themselves–but it’s difficult to tell if that was the reason Grandma did it. I’m also sometimes amazed how persistent she was in keeping the diary–but I’m grateful that she found a few minutes each day to write down a few things.

  6. How fun to just stand out in the backyard and chat with a sister or friend while you got your work done. Now everyones on their darn phone.

  7. Ha, my birthday a hundred years ago was boring…Anyway, I love the picture.
    :3

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