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 Responses

  1. How funny! It looks like the Salvation Army girls used to be cute — like the character in Guys and Dolls. I love all the things I learn from your blog.

  2. 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.)

  3. Housework never ends. Nor does the work of the Salvation Army, it seems.

  4. Ditto Gallivanta’s comment. The Salvation Army has stood the test of time.

  5. 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.

  6. Yes they’ve been around for awhile!

  7. It’s unfortunate that the need for the Salvation Army exists a century later. I had not known their organization had existed so long.

  8. How wonderful to know the Salvation Army has been active for such a long time. The are a beacon of light to so many.

  9. 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. :)

  10. Yes, I found the ad very interesting too. Nice to know that the Salvation Army is still helping people 100 years later.

  11. I think it is important to help others during the holiday season.

  12. Yes, I spent all day last Saturday cleaning and there is hardly any of the neatness left! :)

  13. Housework expands to fill the time allotted, even the thirty minutes I give it every day!!!!! Jane

  14. I hate cleaning. There, I said it. ;-)

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Yes we will donate yo The Salvation Army for grandma. We have three big bags full. They are a wonderful organization. Goodwill is a business not a charity!

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