18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Wednesday, February 25, 1914: Something like yesterday.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
It was a slow week. This was the third day in a row that Grandma didn’t write much.
Maybe Grandma had time to enter a contest that was in Ladies Home Journal.
The Wilson Dress-hooks contest gave a $100 cash prize for the best title of 8 words or less for this picture.
The contest rules say:
Why tolerate such embarrassment as shown in the above picture? For the last five years increasing numbers of women have been exclaiming, “At last I have found a fastening that simply can not be sprung open nor come unfastened!”
1. Write your title (8 words or less) –the shorter the better. Below it your name and address–nothing more. Only one title accepted per person.
2. Count Wilson Dress-hooks as two words only. You may use or omit them in your title.
3. Contest closes June 1, 1914.
4. Questions cannot be answered.