1914 Waists (Blouses)

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

Tuesday, March 24, 1914:  Finished my waist today. Got a birthday present. It came a couple of days behind time, but really doesn’t make much difference.

Source: Ladies Home Journal (July, 1914)

Source: Ladies Home Journal (July, 1914)

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

We now know that Grandma was making a waist when she wrote the previous day:

Got a streak of sewing today. . .

Waists is an old-fashioned term for tailored blouses or shirts. They were also called shirtwaists.

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How to Decide if You Need Some New Spring Outfits

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

Thursday, March 6, 1914:  Same as ever.

Source: Ladies Home Journal (February, 1914)

Source: Ladies Home Journal (February, 1914)

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.

1914 Hairstyles

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

Monday, January 26, 1914:  Nothing to write.

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

Since Grandma didn’t had “nothing to write” a hundred years ago today, I’ll share pictures of hairstyles in the February, 1914 issue of Ladies Home Journal.

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This is the third time that I’ve posted hairstyles. It’s fun to see how the styles have changed–and are starting to look a bit more modern– in subtle ways since 1911:

1913 Hairstyles

1911 Hairstyles

1914 Dresses

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

Friday, January 23, 1914: Don’t remember what I did today. My memory is rather leaky.

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Source: Ladies Home Journal (January, 1914)

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

Sounds like a slow day.  Since Grandma didn’t write much a hundred years ago today, I’ll share some dress pictures from 1914 issues of Ladies Home Journal.

Source: Ladies Home Journal (October, 1914)

Source: Ladies Home Journal (October, 1914)

Source: Ladies Home Journal (October, 1914)

Source: Ladies Home Journal (October, 1914)

Source:: Ladies Home Journal (October, 1914)

Source:: Ladies Home Journal (October, 1914)

This is the fourth year that I’ve shared dress pictures from Ladies Home Journal. You might also enjoy some of the previous posts.

1913 Dresses

1912  Dresses

1911 Dresses 

Bed Jackets

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

Saturday, December 13, 1913:  Nothing much going on here today.

Source: Ladies Home Journal (November, 1913)

Source: Ladies Home Journal (November, 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 gift idea: bed jackets.

I associate bed jackets with elderly women –but they apparently were popular gifts for young women a hundred years ago.  Ladies Home Journal included pictures of them on pages that contained homemade gift ideas. Bedrooms were cold and drafty back then, so everyone apparently needed bed jackets.

They were sometimes called coming jackets, negligee jackets, or sacques in old issues of Ladies Home Journal.

purple combing (bed) jacket

Source: Ladies Home Journal (December, 1912)

Source: Ladies Home Journal (December, 1912)

Source: Ladies Home Journal (November, 1913)

Source: Ladies Home Journal (November, 1913)

Source: Ladies Home Journal (November, 1913)

Source: Ladies Home Journal (November, 1913)

Baby Caps and Bonnets a Hundred Years Ago

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

Wednesday, December 11, 1913: Nothing of importance.

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

Since Grandma didn’t write much a hundred years ago today, I’m going to share some adorable pictures of baby caps and bonnets that were in the December, 1913 issue of Ladies Home Journal. According to the magazine:

Something pretty for the baby’s Christmas gift usually means a piece of dainty hand work.  Illustrated are two lovely crocheted caps lined with soft silk, and two others which are made of handkerchiefs.

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Hundred-year-old Velvet Hats

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

Saturday, November 15, 1913: My love of a sister and I went to Milton this morning on a shopping tour. I got the daintiest hat I’ve ever had for a while. It is black velvet, trimmed with old rose ribbon and pink velvet flowers.

1912 velvet hat

Source: Ladies Home Journal (October, 1912)

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

Wow. . .  black velvet, rose ribbon, and pink velvet flowers.  The hat sounds incredible. I wish we could see it.

I couldn’t find any old pictures of black velvet hats, but I found several other lovely velvet hats.

1912 Velvet Hat

Source: Ladies Home Journal (May, 1912)

Source: Ladies Home Journal (November, 1912)

Source: Ladies Home Journal (November, 1912)

1912 velvet hat with ostrich feather

Source: Ladies Home Journal (November, 1912)

1913 orange velvet hat

Source: Ladies Home Journal (May, 1913)

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‘My love of a sister’ is an unusual way for Grandma to refer to her sister Ruth. Did she mean it. . . or was she upset with her sister for some reason and being sarcastic?

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