16-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Thursday, January 4, 1912: Such a time as we had this morning. Ma was going to Milton and oh she had to make her train. Thought I might possibly be late to school with all her flying around, but I got there in plenty of time. I must be one of these early birds that you don’t like to hear so much about. I thought maybe she’d get me a nice surprise, but she didn’t.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
What was Grandma was hoping that her mother would bring her? Might it have been a dress pattern and fabric to make it?
A 1912 Ladies Home Journal article showed examples of dresses that could be made for one dollar. (Yes, you read that right! $1. Money was worth a lot more a hundred years ago.)
This is easily demonstrated in the simple dress of blue dimity above, and you can readily duplicate it for one dollar. Pattern No. 6624, which is ten cents, requires in size 16 years five yards of 36-inch material at fifteen cents a yard, and buttons at fifteen cents. The lawn bow at the neck is not included in the cost, as every girl usually has such an accessory or can make one from fine lawn or net or from scraps of lace or embroidery in her scrap-bag. . .
“Would You Believe These Cost Only One Dollar?” (Ladies Home Journal, February 1912)