1914 Horse Sale Advertisement

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

Sunday, May 24 – Thursday, May 28, 1914: Nothing much doing.

Milton Evening Standard (April 1, 1914)

Milton Evening Standard (April 1, 1914)

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

Since Grandma didn’t write anything specific for this date, I thought that you might enjoy seeing this 1914 advertisement for horses in Grandma’s local newspaper, the Milton Evening Standard.

It’s hard to imagine how far agriculture has come in a hundred years—and that living horses were the primary providers of “horse power” in 1914.

The spring planting season would have been a busy time on the Muffly farm. I wonder how many horses Grandma’s father owned to help with the work.

12 Responses

  1. This is a lot of good young stuff… sounds too informal and colloquial for 1914!
    Diana xo

  2. I’m always amazed to find old printed material and see ads for places dealing with horses or buggy repairs, etc. Such a different time!

  3. Nothing much doing…I’m always worried about her when she says this. She’s so full of life when she’s out and about. I think farm life was restrictive to her.

  4. This reminded me of Dad’s horses from way before my time.

    http://bit.ly/1rgx9ro

    • Thanks for sharing the wonderful picture. It’s fun to see your dad with the horses. My father also talked about farming with horses when he was young.

  5. I am still against “horseless carriages.” :) LOL!

  6. I know this is a freaky, way off the mark comment, but I couldn’t help remembering seeing the history of similar ads selling people.

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