A Day to Relax and Develop Film

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

Thursday, October 2, 1913: Ma and I staid at home today, while the rest of the family attended the Fair. To while away the time I got at my pictures and was quite satisfied with the result.

Source: Ladies Home Journal (May, 1913)

A woman developing film (photo source: Ladies Home Journal: May, 1913)

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


Yeah! You got a free day when you could relax and enjoy your hobbies.

When I first read this diary entry, I felt sad that you didn’t get to go to the Milton Fair—but when I reread it I decided that you didn’t care.

You’ve worked so hard helping with the corn harvest—and I bet it feels really good that when your dad took a day off to go to the fair, you also got the day off.

You enjoy photography so much, and I can just picture you developing a roll of film and getting some awesome pictures.


13 Responses

  1. I agree Sheryl. That sure is great news. Do you know if any of Miss Muffly’s photos survived?

  2. I know I’d rather have a quiet day at home than go to a crowded fair! It would be wonderful to come across some of Helena’s photos–I suppose that’s too much to hope for?

  3. I agree with KerryCan about a quiet day at home. Whenever we read Grandma’s entries about her pictures, we’re reminded again just how far photography has come since her time!

  4. I am glad to hear about her photography again and that she was happy with her photos :)

  5. I wish I could see the photos Helena developed! I love how the English language evolves – staid, rather than stayed.

  6. Pleased to know Helena had a good day enjoying her hobby.

  7. Ah ha! So she ENJOYED staying home. Good for her.

  8. I wish we could see the photos she developed :)

  9. I too wish I could see those pictures! Photography is such a great hobby, even today.

  10. I can certainly relate to the ‘doing quieter things by myself’ rather than joining in frenetic activities with others. Introvert vs Extrovert. Was your grandmother an introvert?

  11. I’m glad to hear she was pleased with her photos this time.

  12. […] to this entry). She did not work on either Sunday, and I think that she didn’t husk corn on the day that her father went to the fair—so I believe that it took her 11 days to husk 1,000 bushels. In other words, Grandma husked about […]

  13. so glad she was pleased with her photos. it’s a really wonderful feeling when the photos turned out well. i am feeling her excitment too.

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