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

Friday, December 19, 1913:  Ruthie returned home this afternoon. The same Ruthie that went away last Monday. Wonder what she got me for Xmas.

Ladies Home Journal (December, 1913)

Source: Ladies Home Journal (December, 1913)

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

I think that Grandma’s sister Ruth attended professional development meetings for teachers while she was in Sunbury—but it sounds like she also found a little time to go Christmas shopping.

What Did Ruth buy Grandma? . . . maybe some face powder?

I bet that Grandma was glad to have her sister home. Ruth had gone to Sunbury four days earlier and left Grandma with “all of the milking.”

15 Responses

  1. Not unlike any young woman of any generation, she is very curious about what people will be giving her for Christmas. What did she get or make for others?

  2. I like her comment, “the same Ruthie…” I’m sure she missed her.

  3. I bet Grandma was glad Ruthie was back home. (Notice she didn’t refer to her as Rufus….!)

  4. I was fascinated by the *warning* re: dangerous “substitutes” and was remembering that arsenic, etc., were once used in face powders. Found this rather interesting info:

  5. Ha! The face powder ad sounds like snake oil! Very velvety inducing. ;)

  6. I love Helena’s way with words–at times she’s quite sly–“The same Ruthie that went away . . . ” Not sure what it means but I love it!

  7. Ruthie came home unchanged and Helena sounds grateful for that. The Christmas excitement seems to be building too – with Helena wondering what her Mom got for her and now wondering the same about Ruthie. I wonder what Helena got for them. The face powder sounds lovely.

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