18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Monday, May 19, 1913: Saw the kitchen papered this afternoon. It looks quite stylish.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Whow! I’ve totally missed the context of the diary entries the past few days. (I probably should read further ahead.)
I thought that spring housecleaning lasted for a couple weeks when I read diary entries that said things like, “Nothing much doing, but the doing of rubbing, scrubbing, etc.” (May 14, 1913).
Really, they probably did the spring house cleaning in early May, and then moved on to removing old wall paper from the kitchen wall in preparation of re-papering.
“Here striped wall paper in two tons of green was used to give the effect of great height to this low-ceiled room. The furniture was painted a willow green to harmonize with the walls and the cretonne curtains.”
Did the rather stylish Muffly kitchen look anything like the picture in the magazine?