16-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Saturday, November 11, 1911: Mater and I went to Milton this morning on a shopping tour. As soon as we got there we went into several cars in which they had many curious things from California on exhibition. A shark was one of these, only he happened to be dead. An ostrich mounted, a live alligator and some monkeys. We each got a souvenir. Mine is some kind of pampas grass. After seeing all this we commenced shopping or mother’s rather since she was getting things for me. I got a chocolate colored coat trimmed with contrasting material, a brown hat with a blue and green feather, simply cute, a skirt for school and kid gloves. Have I not cause to be thankful?
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
It sounds like train cars had been converted into a traveling museum and animal farm.
I bet that Grandma looked awesome in her new coat, skirt, and gloves. The September and October, 1911 issues of Ladies Home Journal showed the latest coat styles.