Old Cartoon About Piano Playing

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

Friday, November 14, 1913:  My music teacher didn’t think, or I mean she did think, that I hadn’t practiced my lesson any too much. It didn’t surprise me any for I didn’t put much work on it.

1914 piano cartoon

Source: Watsontown Record and Star (May 1, 1914)

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

I wonder if this old cartoon would have resonated with Grandma . . . or  with her parents. 

Cartoon Making Fun of Suffragettes

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

Friday, March 14, 1913: Nothing doing.

Cartoon Making Fun of Suffra

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

Since Grandma didn’t write much a hundred years ago today, I’ll share an old cartoon about suffragettes that appeared in the April 4, 1914 issue of the Watsontown Record and Star.

Today it’s hard to perceive why anyone would think that women shouldn’t have the right the vote—it’s interesting to get a sense of the opposite perspective from this cartoon.

The Watsontown Record and Star is a long defunct newspaper from a town very near to where Grandma lived. I’ve only ever seen a few issues of it. But it probably was a newspaper that Grandma regularly read, and it probably reflected commonly held opinions in her community.

We’ve come a long way!!

Patent Medicine Cartoon

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

Tuesday, June 18, 1912: I seemed to have had sort of a hard time today.

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

Sounds like things still weren’t going well. The previous day Grandma wrote that she didn’t feel well, but that no one took it seriously.

Yesterday, I posted an old advertisement for a patent medicine. A hundred years ago, they were controversial and were just beginning to be regulated by the government.

Here’s a cartoon about patent medicines that appeared in the September, 1910 issue of National Food Magazine.

A SUGGESTION FOR AN “AD” FOR ANY OF THE FOLLOWING BABY KILLERS:

BEFORE TAKING

“That’ll make it stop crying, 50 cents, please.”

AFTER TAKING

<<drawing of crying mother>>

Early Farm Management Cartoon

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

Wednesday, August 30, 1911: Really there isn’t very much for today, so I won’t write about any of the occurrences.

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

Since not much happened a hundred years ago today, I’m going to share a cartoon I found in the July 15, 1911 issue of Kimball’s Dairy Farmer magazine.

Caption: What system and good management do for the dairy farmer.

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