19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Monday, May 4, 1914: Nothing much doing for today except to work.
What was Grandma doing? It hardly seems possible that the spring housecleaning would last this long, but maybe she was still helping with it.
Occasionally a post takes a surprising twist or turn as I work on it—and goes off on a tangent. Today is one of those days.
I was looking for a 1914 advertisement for some sort of cleaning supply—and found this advertisement for Jap-a-Lac. As I was cropping it, I suddenly noticed that there was a menorah in the picture.
Why was a Jewish symbol in the ad? I know next to nothing about Jewish history a hundred years ago. Did many Jews live in the US in 1914? Did the Glidden Company think that putting a menorah in the ad would increase sales? Were the owners of the Glidden Jewish? . . . .