18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Monday, August 25, 1913: Nothing much doing.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Since Grandma didn’t write much a hundred years ago today, I decided to share this illustrated version of Jack and Jill that appeared in the August, 1913 issue of Good Housekeeping.
Today most middle class family have oodles of picture books, and can easily access lots more at a nearby library (and kids with tech savvy parents may be reading electronic versions of books rather than hard copies—but I’m not going there).
A hundred years ago, children’s books were relatively expensive, kids often had few books, and many people did not have access to libraries.
Women’s magazines back then often had features aimed at children like this one. Many parents probably saved them so that their children could read it again and again.