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 thoughts on “Old Washingon DC Souvenirs

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

    1. 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.

  2. 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.

    1. 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.

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