Salvation Army Request for Donations

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

Tuesday, December 16, 1913: Kept house today and found something to do nearly all day.

Source: National Food Magazine (December, 1914)

Source: National Food Magazine (December, 1914)

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

It’s funny how housework can expand to fill the time available. What did Grandma do to keep busy all day? . .  pick up? . . . dust? . . . sweep the floor?

Since Grandma didn’t write much a hundred years ago today, I’m sharing a December, 1914 request for donations from the Salvation Army. I went grocery shopping today, and the Salvation Army bell-ringer was outside the supermarket. It’s interesting to see how  it was done  a hundred years ago.

1913 Royal Baking Powder Advertisement

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

Wednesday, November 26, 1913: Ditto

Source: Ladies Home Journal (October, 1913)

Source: Ladies Home Journal (October, 1913)

Woman’s Work in preparing appetizing and wholesome food is lightened by this famous baking powder.

Light Biscuit

Delicious Cake

Dainty Pastries

Fine Puddings

It adds healthful qualities to food.

ROYAL Baking Powder

Made from pure, grape cream of tartar

Do not use alum baking powders. They may not always be distinguished by their price; but generally, powders that are sold for ten to twenty-five cents a pound, or a cent an ounce, are made from alum. Use in your food only a baking powder whose label shows it is made from cream of tartar.

Royal Baking Powder Co., New York

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

Since Grandma didn’t write much a hundred years ago today, I’ll share a hundred-year-old advertisement for Royal Baking Powder.

On this date, both a hundred years ago and now, kitchens are filled with people baking awesome desserts in preparation for Thanksgiving Day.

I’m on the final countdown getting ready for Thanksgiving. I’m worrying about a lot of things (reminder to self: remember to dust the top shelf of the book-case; some of the guests will be tall)—Do I need to add baking powder to my list of worries?

The line about “women’s work” also grates on me–though I know that women did most of the cooking a hundred years ago.

Old Undertaker Advertisement

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

Tuesday, November 18, 1913:  Nothing much.

1913 Undertaker AdSource: Watsontown Star and Record and Star (April 3, 1914)

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

Nothing much???? The previous day Grandma’s maternal grandfather died.  What was Grandma thinking?   Was her mother involved in the funeral preparations?

I found an advertisement by an undertaker in the nearby town of Watsontown. Her grandfather lived in another nearby town—Turbotville—so this probably was not the undertaker that the family used.

But, I don’t understand the ad. What does “a share of patronage is solicited” mean?

1913 Red Cross Shoe Advertisement

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

Wednesday, November 12, 1913:  Went to Watsontown this afternoon.

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Source: Ladies Home Journal (November, 1913)

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

Grandma–

Why did you go to Watsontown? . . . shopping? . . . running an errand for your dad? . . . having your second experience with banking? . . .

Was it a cold 1 1/2 mile walk? It soon will be winter. I hope that you were wearing  Red Cross Shoes and that every step was an utter comfort.

1913 Teddy Bear Ad

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

Saturday, November 8, 1913:  Nothing much to write.

Source: Ladies Home Journal (December, 1913)

Source: Ladies Home Journal (December, 1913)

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

Since Grandma didn’t write much a hundred years ago today, I’ll share a fun advertisement I came across.

1913 Hair Extender (Switch) Advertisement

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

Tuesday, October 21, 1913: It’s been so rainy and dreary this week that I begin to feel awful grouchy. I certainly am under the weather these days. Any way October never was a favorite month of mine. I don’t have much to write about for her.

Source: Ladies Home Journal (October, 1013)

Source: Ladies Home Journal (October, 1013)

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

Did Grandma read Ladies Home Journal to while away the time on cold, rainy days?

And, now that the corn harvest was finished—and Grandma had been paid for helping husk corn—did she dream of using her money to improve her looks? . . . Maybe she wanted some of the hair switches advertised in the October, 1913 issue of Ladies Home Journal.

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Tulip Varieties a Hundred Years Ago

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

Wednesday, October 8, 1913:

10/6 – 10/8:  I’ve husked about ten loads of corn by this time. My hands are sore and roughened, but I didn’t care very much. I’m thinking of what I’m earning.

Source: McCall's Magazine (September, 1913)

Source: McCall’s Magazine (September, 1913)

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

Since Grandma didn’t write a diary entry specific for this date, I’m going to go off on a tangent—

I found this advertisement for tulip bulbs in the September, 1913 issue of McCalls magazine. I wondered if I could buy these old varieties so I googled them. Here’s what I found:

Crimson King

Nothing popped up when I googled  “Crimson King tulip”. I wonder if the Crimson King tulip and the Red Emperor tulip are slightly different names for the same variety. The Red Emperor tulips are so common today.

White Queen

I couldn’t find any place where I could buy the White Queen tulip, but I did find a photo of them on The Tulip Gallery website.

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White Queen Tulip

Yellow Prince

I found a picture of the Yellow Prince tulip on the Old House Gardens Heirloom Bulbs website—though I don’t think that they had any bulbs available for sale this year.

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Yellow Prince Tulip

Cottage Maid

I couldn’t find any place where I could buy the Cottage Maid tulip, but I did find a photo of them on the Hortus Tulipus Old Tulips website.

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Cottage Maid Tulip

Keiser’s Kroon

The Keiser’s Kroon tulip is still sold by several companies—though it generally goes by its Dutch name, Keizerskroon. One source for the bulbs is Old House Gardens Heirloom Bulbs.

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Keiser’s Kroon Tulip

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