18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Sunday, June 22, 1913: Went to Sunday School this afternoon.
New Perfume HOUBIGANT
Abroad, the odor of the hour
Sample Bottle will delight you–25¢
Park & Tilford, 225 Fifth Ave., New York
“CAPTIVATED PARIS IN A DAY”
Source: Ladies Home Journal (October, 1913)
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
When I was young I used to put a little perfume on before going to church. (You never knew where you might see a cute guy who would appreciate perfume.)
Did Grandma also spritz on a little perfume before going to Sunday School?
This is what Wikipedia says about Quelques Fleurs perfume:
In 1912, the Houbigant presented Quelques Fleurs, the first true multi-floral bouquet ever created. Up to that time, floral fragrances had been mostly single flowers or were blended with herbs and other essences. The Genealogy of Perfumes cites Quelques Fleurs as a landmark innovation that established a totally new fragrance classification and influenced other compositions for years afterwards including many of today’s important fragrances.