17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Tuesday, July 16, 1912: I don’t just exactly remember what I really did today.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Since Grandma didn’t write much a hundred years ago today, I was thinking about what to write, and remembered that a reader commented several weeks ago that many people were getting ice boxes in the early 1900s—and that Jell-O was becoming popular.
I recalled that I had seen an advertisement for Jell-O and flipped through a couple magazines hunting it.
I found this advertisement in the July, 1912 issue of Ladies Home Journal.
In hot weather when the appetite is just a little off, and there is a peculiar craving for something cool and satisfying, nothing touches the spot like
It is so deliciously cool, so light, so wholesome, so nutritious—so tempting and good every way—that it satisfies the summer appetite as nothing else can.
Fruit of almost any kind can be added, as the housewife chooses, or left out, and in either case the dessert will be delightful.
There is no other dessert worth serving that can be made without cooking, and in hot weather no housewife wants to cook and fuss more than is necessary.
A Jell-O dessert can made in a minute.
Seven delightful flavors: Strawberry, Raspberry, Cherry, Lemon, Orange, Peach, Chocolate.
10 cents a package at all grocers’
The splendid recipe book, “Desserts of the World” illustrated in ten colors and gold, will be sent to all who write us and ask for it.
THE GENESEE PURE FOOD CO.,
Le Roy, N.Y, and Bridgeburg, Can.