18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Saturday, November 15, 1913: My love of a sister and I went to Milton this morning on a shopping tour. I got the daintiest hat I’ve ever had for a while. It is black velvet, trimmed with old rose ribbon and pink velvet flowers.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Wow. . . black velvet, rose ribbon, and pink velvet flowers. The hat sounds incredible. I wish we could see it.
I couldn’t find any old pictures of black velvet hats, but I found several other lovely velvet hats.
‘My love of a sister’ is an unusual way for Grandma to refer to her sister Ruth. Did she mean it. . . or was she upset with her sister for some reason and being sarcastic?