Salvation Army Request for Donations

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

Tuesday, December 16, 1913: Kept house today and found something to do nearly all day.

Source: National Food Magazine (December, 1914)
Source: National Food Magazine (December, 1914)

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

It’s funny how housework can expand to fill the time available. What did Grandma do to keep busy all day? . .  pick up? . . . dust? . . . sweep the floor?

Since Grandma didn’t write much a hundred years ago today, I’m sharing a December, 1914 request for donations from the Salvation Army. I went grocery shopping today, and the Salvation Army bell-ringer was outside the supermarket. It’s interesting to see how  it was done  a hundred years ago.

17 thoughts on “Salvation Army Request for Donations

  1. are the people in charge now really that ignorant as I hear? I was fussed at by my sister and her best friend for giving money to them the other day and I dont regret giving money because I know those in need are more deserving than those in charge but. After hearing how humble it began im a little skeptical again…(I gave $10.)

  2. I love that when you don’t have better information, you let your imagination go. Then you pop into your blog a suggestion of what could have been going on. This keeps that old journal alive and relevant.

  3. I remember visiting the salvation army store in the late 50’s when we were homesteading in Alaska. It was probably one of the first resale stores around! It wasn’t as cool then, but now its cool to find deals. :)

  4. Perhaps your Grandmother was helping prepare for the holidays. Did they decorate the home or prepare cakes and goodies for Christmas Day? BTW, the Salvation Army still has an office on West 14th Street today. Now they’re at 120 West 14th Street in Manhattan.

  5. Saw some great, young Sally Anne volunteers in New York this past weekend. They were playing lively music and dancing up a storm as they rang their bell. Too bad it’s still needed but great a younger generation is stepping up.

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