18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Thursday, March 6, 1914: Same as ever.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
I think that Grandma had cabin fever. From her perspective, a hundred years ago today was just another boring day in a string of boring days.
Going shopping for new spring clothes always give me hope that warmer weather will be here soon. Was Grandma also taking stock of her wardrobe—and considering whether she needed any new outfits?
Here’s some advice from Mrs. Ralston—no first name is provided– in the April, 1914 issue of Ladies Home Journal:
Personally I shall always believe that a sense of economy is necessary for a true appreciation of fashion. No credit is due the woman who is not obliged to consider ways and means of meeting ends in the selection of her clothes.
I do not believe that the latest fashion should count a cent. In choosing her clothes a woman should only be influenced by the answer to these questions:
- Are they becoming to me?
- Can I afford them?
If pressed, one might even omit the second question.