Tiny Hat with Wired Frill

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

Tuesday, April 14, 1914: Was housekeeper today. Mother and Ruthie went on a shopping tour. Oh my, they did bring the things home. Ruth got a hat of the latest creation, trimmed and bowed for the family’s spectations.

Source: Ladies Home Journal (March, 1913)

Source: Ladies Home Journal (March, 1913)

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

Maybe Ruth’s hat had a “wired frill”

. . . Interesting that  Grandma’s sister Ruth bought a new hat after Easter. Easter, 1914 was two days prior to this entry. Maybe the hat was on sale.

Spectations?? Is this another archaic word?

33 Responses

  1. I wonder what else they brought home.

  2. Do you suppose Ruthie was impressing anyone with her new hat?

  3. That word was used in place of appearance. Another words she was trying to make the family look better.

  4. Im impressed by it, especially the poster design its gorgeous.

  5. I wonder what the occasion was if not Easter? I imagine a hat was a pretty special purchase.

  6. “Now do you like my hat?”

    “Yes. I do like your hat!”

  7. The hat is lovely on the lady in the picture but for myself I would not want the wired frill.

  8. I wonder if they brought home anything for Helena. What a beautiful girl and hat in the picture.

  9. Spectations is probably a form of spectator?

  10. I learned a new word!

  11. I also wondered if the hat was on sale…?

  12. Maybe the hat was on sale after Easter and she got a great deal. She can always wear it next Easter!
    Diana xo

  13. I wonder if the wired frill was removable?

  14. I want to live in a world where such a hat is appropriate!! Just for a few days, though, and I want it to be my choice to wear it, not an expectation.

  15. I was wondering about spectations, too

    • It’s interesting how some words that apparently were commonly used a hundred years ago, have totally vanished from our vocabulary today.

  16. I like the term shopping tour instead of shopping spree – sounds more fun!!

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