Looked Pretty Seedy

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

Friday, April 25, 1913:  Had company a little while this afternoon. I am sure I looked pretty seedy.

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

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

Hmmm. . . Was Grandma wearing ragged, patched clothes? Was her hair a mess? Did she look any different from how she looked on other days? Why was she so self-conscience about her looks?

31 thoughts on “Looked Pretty Seedy

      1. You’re right rural homes wouldn’t have had showers (or bathtubs)–though this was the era when relaxing, therapeutic baths were the rage in urban areas.

  1. The more things change, the more they stay the same. That’s a saying that seems to make a lot of sense, especially when it comes to young women being self conscious of their looks. This is a delightful idea for a blog, and I look forward to more posts!

    1. I find that I’m much less self-conscious now than I was when I was younger. I wonder why we tend to be more accepting of our looks as we get older.

  2. Sounds like the sort of unexpected company I get when I am still mucking about in my pyjamas at the weekend. Always cause for red cheeks but I never seem to learn!

    1. Your comment reminds me of when my children were younger and there often were toys scattered about the living room. We always seemed to get company on the days when the living room was particularly messy.

  3. When I saw the title of your post, I thought it was one of my other blogger friends writing about spring seeds!
    You just have to wonder what Grandma didn’t like about the way she looked…

  4. I can empathize… Even today if someone stops in an I’ve been out gardening (or whatever chore is at hand) I feel self-conscious and less than my best.
    However… the apron you chose to show? LOVE it!

    1. I selected the illustration because it was in a magazine for dairy farmers–but I agree that the apron is adorable. Back then farm magazines included a women’s section that contained pictures of dress patterns that readers could order.

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