18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Thursday, October 16, 1913:
10/13 – 10/17: Nothing worth writing about for these days. Don’t go any place or do anything of much importance.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
This is the fourth of five days that Grandma combined into one entry. Since she didn’t write anything specific for this date I’m sharing several pages from a fun children’s book published in 1913 that I found.
The book is called The Goop Directory and contains short scenarios of children who were naughty—or, using the terminology in the book, “Goops.”
The book that I have was well-loved—perhaps that isn’t exactly the right term—and some pages have coloring on them.
Other pages have remnants of names written in pencil that were later erased. I can just picture a child going through the book and identifying which of their playmates were like each of the characters in the book. Obviously a Goop once owned this book!