Printed Three Photos

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

Wednesday, August 27, 1913:  I believe the pictures will be a success after all. Printed three this afternoon and we made another negative.

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

1913 pictureThis photo was in the August, 1913 issue of Farm Journal. The caption says: “An Outing—Having a Merry Time.”

The slightly fuzzy posed photo probably was sent in by a reader because it was on a page of reader tips, letters, and poems.

Grandma took pictures at the Sunday School picnic earlier in August. Did she gather her friends together for a similar photo?


Whew, taking and developing pictures sure was a long-drawn out process a hundred years ago.

Grandma got a camera earlier in the summer— and she was now developing her first roll of film. The previous day she and her sister Ruth made some negatives, and now she was printing them. . . .though it sounds like the process was so time-consuming that the task was not yet completed.

12 Responses

  1. Maybe they had to fit in their photography work in between the farm and cooking chores :)

    • Yes, I’m sure that their parents would have considered farm and cooking chores more important (and time sensitive) than their photography hobby. :)

  2. The old cameras were laborious for sure, but I’m sure Grandma had just as much fun as we do with our digital challenges.

  3. As someone commented yesterday, wouldn’t it be wonderful to have those photos??

  4. […] Since Grandma didn’t write much a hundred years ago today, I’m going to share a 1913 poem that resonated with me. I noticed it in the August, 1913 issue of Farm Journal when I was working on yesterday’s post. […]

  5. […] began developing the pictures on August 26 when she and her sister Ruth made a negative. On the 27th she printed three of them, and made another negative. . . now she had five […]

  6. I would imagine that is the only way they’d get to see their photos. I’ve developed film before (in high school) and it’s awesome to think your grandmother went through that process in her home.

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