Old Postcard from a Piano Store

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

Saturday, March 29, 1913:  Ma and I went to Milton this morning. The chief object of which was the buying of me a graduation dress. It is a plain white batiste to be trimmed with lace insertion and edging. I got some other things besides. Ma bought a piano. I’m so glad for now I can learn to play.

Caption: Patience Personified

piano.postcard.backI recently visited the Roller Mills Antique Center in Lewisburg and found this old post card that advertised a piano store in Milton. Did Grandma and her mother buy their piano from C.A. Bennage? 

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

What a fun shopping trip!—It’s amazing that Grandma and her mother bought BOTH a graduation dress and a piano on the same trip.

A piano is a major purchase. In this era before women’s rights, I’m surprised that Grandma’s mother was able to make a purchase of this size without her husband coming along. Even today, I think that both spouses would generally be actively involved in making a purchase of this size.

26 thoughts on “Old Postcard from a Piano Store

  1. The piano purchase must have been planned, discussed at home, and planned again before your Great Grandma went ahead and bought it. That’s my guess since it was such a major decision. The graduation dress sounds lovely too and how excited Grandma must have been.

  2. Roller Mills is a wonderful place to find little historical treasures. I wish they were able to take pictures like they do today, I would love to see her in the dress.

  3. Hi. For me, a graduation dress was a prom gown. I wonder if Helena’s dress was to look nice at the graduation ceremonies???? I’m anxious to hear if they had a graduation dance. Jane

  4. Yeah, I was surprised at how casually she mentioned it. A lot of pianos today cost, like, what? At least $1000 dollars? I’m not sure–we got ours for free from MY Grandma! (But it still costs a TON to tune it!)

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