19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Wednesday, April 16, 1914: Went up to town this afternoon to mail some parcel post packages. Oh dear me, and it cost eleven cents. Called on a friend and quite a sociable chat. Went to a lecture this evening in Watsontown.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Seriously Grandma. . . You’re annoyed that it costs 11¢ to mail a package? . . .
Hmmm. . Now that I’m re-reading your diary entry, I almost think that you mailed several packages for 11¢. . . sound like a bargain to me.
A hundred years ago parcel post was the cool new thing. According to Wikipedia parcel post begin in the US in 1913.
You may also enjoy several previous posts that I did on parcel post: