Curtains a Hundred Years Ago

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

Thursday, July 10, 1913: Ditto

Source: Ladies Home Journal (July, 1913)

Source: Ladies Home Journal (July, 1913)

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

The previous day Grandma wrote, “Not so very much doing today,” so I guess that a hundred years ago today was another quiet day.

Sometimes I wonder where Grandma was sitting when she wrote these diary entries. Was she at the kitchen table? . . . sitting in a chair in the living room? . . . .sprawled on her bed?

And, what was the room like? The windows were probably open and the curtains may have been fluttering in the breeze. Were the curtains stylish—and similar to ones shown in 1913 issues of Ladies Home Journal; or were they old and a little tattered?

Ladies Home Journal (July, 1913)

Ladies Home Journal (July, 1913)

Ladies Home Journal (July, 1913)

Ladies Home Journal (July, 1913)

Ladies Home Journal (August, 1913)

Ladies Home Journal (August, 1913)

Ladies Home Journal (August, 1913)

Ladies Home Journal (August, 1913)

13 Responses

  1. Interesting to see the simplicity of these curtains; in their form, not decoration of course.

  2. It is nice to ponder where Grandma would have been sitting when she wrote in her diary. Sounds as though she was having a quiet summer.

  3. Lovely curtians, such beautiful embroidery.
    Considering missing all the appliances and conveniences we have today, grandma’s quiets day will seem very busy to us.

  4. I love those curtains! It’s time for them to make a come-back I think!

  5. Amazing that you can take these simple entries and put yourself in what may have been your grandma’s frame of mind, physical space and time! Love these curtains especially the daffodils and butterflies – thanks.

  6. Thanks for the images of the curtains! I’m sure my grandma Clarice and great-aunt Helen, who were teenagers in 1913, grew up wanting their homes to look like these photos. They got their wishes, too!

  7. I am glad you included these curtain images. I enjoyed the patterns. It must be so interesting and rewarding for you researching this time period.
    -Patricia

  8. I love those curtains. I used to do a lot of embroidery and I can imagine making similar curtains :) Annie

  9. The curtains are pretty, appear so light and airy, perfect for the summer months.

  10. I like to think of her sitting at a writing desk by a window catching a summer breeze. And pretty fluttery curtains. :)

  11. Still in style today! :)

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