1913 Red Cross Shoe Advertisement

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

Wednesday, November 12, 1913:  Went to Watsontown this afternoon.

Source: Ladies Home Journal (November, 1913)

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


Why did you go to Watsontown? . . . shopping? . . . running an errand for your dad? . . . having your second experience with banking? . . .

Was it a cold 1 1/2 mile walk? It soon will be winter. I hope that you were wearing  Red Cross Shoes and that every step was an utter comfort.

18 thoughts on “1913 Red Cross Shoe Advertisement

  1. Hi Sheryl! I haven’t been on the blog scene much lately so thought I’d check in to see what’s new in the diary! :) I love these boots…wish I could find some just like them! And…do you remember the galoshes that women wore over their high heels? Boy…those were neat too! I’ll bet your Grandmother had some of those…mine did…so did Mom. Mom and I were just talking about those recently.

    1. Welcome back! I hadn’t thought of them in years, but I do remember those galoshes that women wore over their high heels. When I’m browsing old magazines and newspapers, I’m going to have to watch for advertisements for them. If I find anything, I’ll be sure to share it here.

  2. In re the buttons. I believe they had a tool for that ,,, ? Just want to comment on what a treasure it is for you to have this diary and to share it with us. I would wish that she had been a bit more verbose — so many interesting questions.

    1. I also think that they had a tool for buttoning the buttons. I am very fortunate to have the diary. One fun challenge of working with the diary is trying to make sense of some of the brief diary entries. I’ve been amazed how often questions are answered over time

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