Old Cartoon About Piano Playing

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

Friday, November 14, 1913:  My music teacher didn’t think, or I mean she did think, that I hadn’t practiced my lesson any too much. It didn’t surprise me any for I didn’t put much work on it.

1914 piano cartoon

Source: Watsontown Record and Star (May 1, 1914)

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

I wonder if this old cartoon would have resonated with Grandma . . . or  with her parents. 

23 Responses

  1. I am fairly sure your grandmother would have agreed with that cartoon. Have you mentioned how much a piano lesson cost 100 years ago? I was wondering if Helena spent some of her money on lessons.

  2. Grandma’s entry – and the cartoon -made me smile today!

  3. You can’t pull one over on your music teacher. My husband is a band director and he thinks that every day!

  4. This is so funny :) Annie

  5. Nothing is fun if you’re doing it because you have to do it!

  6. My teacher was pretty sure that I didn’t even LOOK at a piano between lessons. Too true.

  7. Pretty to tell. I practiced and then I didn’t.

  8. I think it’s amazing you found that particular cartoon to put with this diary entry. Poor your grandmother, but I can wholeheartedly identify.

  9. I hope she doesn’t give up. Maybe with winter coming she’ll have more time, and the desire to practice.

  10. Love the cartoon… Miss Muffly and I share the same affliction :roll:

  11. Too funny. The patient woman assigned to teach me piano at Oregon College of Education would have laughed — or cried — over this one.

  12. Lol… and she gets paid for work right?

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