18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Monday, July 7, 1913: Went into Watsontown this afternoon to see if my camera was there, nor was I mistaken. It was in a big box. I carried it home any way. Wonder if anyone one laughed at me. Perhaps I did look funny.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Yeah, Grandma got her camera. She’d ordered it about two week prior to this entry on June 25, 1913.
. . . Nothing less than that I sent off for a camera. I’ve wanted one for a long time, but thought I could hardly afford it. I was reminded that I really wanted it only by finding a camera catalog up in the garret yesterday. And as I had earned almost five dollars during the last two weeks, I carried the project through.
What a typical teen reaction—wondering if anyone thought that she looked funny carrying the large box the mile and a half home from Watsontown.