Old Washingon DC Souvenirs

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

Monday, June 16, 1913: After having been absent about for a week Ruthie returned at last this evening. Now it won’t be so lonesome for me. She brought me a souvenir and ever so much to talk about.

Hail stones rained from the sky in great abundance after she got here.

Washington, DC box

Washington, DC box

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

Grandma’s sister Ruth returned from a week-long trip to Washington DC. I can just picture Ruth sitting at the kitchen table, and happily sharing the story of her wonderful adventure.

What was the souvenir that she brought back for Grandma?

Washington, DC plate

Washington, DC plate

28 Responses

  1. Do you know if either item happened to be dated?

  2. Yay she’s back and now Helena only has to milk half the cows! This diary is starting to remind me of a Jane Austen story – I just love it!

  3. Ah, so she really did miss her sister :)

  4. Grandma sure was good at leaving out details…. Nice to know that she was happy to have Ruthie back home!

  5. Whatever the souvenir, I think Helena was pleased that her sister thought of her while she was gone.

  6. Lovely that sisters recognize how close they are when they have been separated for a time.

  7. I’ll bet she treasured that souvenir!

  8. Helena was lonesome for her sister, she missed Ruth. Now they can get back to the cat fighting between the two.

  9. Clearly being apart from each other, improved the sisterly relationship!
    That is from all times….

  10. How nice that now they have “ever so much to talk about”! :)

    • It’s interesting how Grandma worded it that Ruth “brought” ever so much to talk about about. As would be expected they probably talked more about what Ruth did in DC, than about about what Grandma did on the farm.

  11. Your grandmother was really wordy today!

  12. I don’t imagine there was much sleeping that night, especially if it was hailing out. It’d be fun to have that souvenir I guess, but maybe even more fun to speculate. Maybe a hankie or something girly but small. Did people collect spoons back then I wonder.

    • Your comment brings back memories of the souvenir spoon racks that many people had when we were children. I actually got a spoon rack and bought a few souvenir spoons when I first got married–and then decided that they were out of style.

  13. She seems to call her “Ruthie” whenever she really likes/misses Ruth. Aw…

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