16-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Saturday, October 21, 1911: Rufus and Ma went to Milton today. Ruth got a jacket suit and Ma bought me a pair of shoes. They’re for school so you see I didn’t care so much if I wasn’t there to try them on.
It’s the style, not shoe, that costs.
Quote from The News About Shoes (Good Housekeeping Magazine, October, 1911)
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
To clarify this entry—Grandma’s sister Ruth and her mother went shopping. Sometimes in the diary Grandma referred to Ruth as Rufus—and in this entry she co-mingled two names for the same person.
I’m surprised that Grandma’s mother didn’t take her along to buy shoes, and that Grandma was only slightly annoyed. . . Or . . . [another scenario, based on my second read through of this diary entry] maybe Grandma was really angry when she wrote it and was trying to convince herself that it really was okay.
Shoe sizes must have been very standardized way back then if someone could buy shoes for another person; or maybe Grandma wore the same size shoe as her mother or sister.