Initiated New Gray Suit

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

Sunday, February 23, 1913:  Went to Sunday School this afternoon. Initiated my new suit by falling down. The wind blew my hat off and in racing after it, I fell when I went to pick it up.

Source: Ladies Home Journal (March, 1913)


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

How embarrassing! Poor Grandma– I can almost picture a couple cute guys standing on a street corner in McEwensville laughing as Grandma chased after the hat and then fell.

The previous day Grandma wrote about buying the new gray suit in Milton.

16 thoughts on “Initiated New Gray Suit

  1. Aw… awful. Reading the other comments made me wonder exactly HOW Grandma handled that fall…? Did she make light of it or did it make her hang her head with embarrassment?

    1. What a wonderful way to picture the scene! . . It’s much better than the way I’d envisioned it.

      I can remember how much fun it was to try hats on when I was young. Hat were starting to go out of style when I was a teen–but there still were hat departments in stores.

  2. Oh, dear. We’ve all “been there.” The suit you chose to illustrate is stunning–love the 3 buttons at the bottom. But I wonder too how Helena ran–these narrow, long skirts are not suitable to kick up your heels in! And I am sure decorum would not allow hoisting them up:)

    1. I also love the suit it in the picture–but I wonder if teens in rural areas, wore suits that had skirts that were a bit more practical. Of course, social norms a hundred years ago didn’t really encourage girls to kick up their heels. 🙂

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