19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Saturday, August 8, 1914: A thunderstorm came on about midnight. Was glad Mr. Brownie wasn’t out in the rain. I tried to picture the result.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Whew, Grandma that was close. Thank goodness you got “Mr. Brownie” in before he got wet.
The previous day, Grandma wrote:
. . . Hope Mother dear doesn’t see this. Something would happen if she did. I bought a brownie. It is a little over a week e’er we go to Niagara Falls, and well the temptation was too great. I didn’t want Ruthie to lay her eyes on that package. She has such a way of divining things. I left Mr. Package under a cherry tree, where I felt sure it would not been seen. After dark I smuggled it into the house and up to my room.
Since Grandma was so interested in photography and developing film, I’ve done several previous posts that included other advertisements that you might enjoy: