1914 Cold Cream Advertisement

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

Tuesday, September 8, 1914:  Went to town again and got some of the things I wanted. Did manage to forget some too. When I got home Carrie was here.

1914 Cold Cream Advertisement
Source: Ladies Home Journal (May, 1914)

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


More details please! What did you buy? Did you buy some Daggett & Ramsdell Cold Cream? You recently got a ride in an auto—and maybe are hoping for another one. It’s vital that you’re prepared!

The previous day Grandma went to town with her father—but had forgotten that stores were closed because it was Labor Day.

Carrie Stout was a friend of Grandma’s who lived on a nearby farm.

24 thoughts on “1914 Cold Cream Advertisement

  1. Oh, the wording…. “when Beauty motors”….! And “Beware the Finger of Time”. Too funny! Thanks for sharing these wonderful old ads – and Grandma’s diary. She should have made a list!

  2. ‘managed to forget some’ … well, that has not changed in a hundred years. If anything, it is worse for me.

    Is cold cream supposed to be a skin cleanser? In lieu of soap and water?

    1. I’ve learned the hard way that lists help when I go shopping. 🙂

      Yes, cold cream is used to remove make-up and dirt. It also is a moisturizer.

  3. I remember “cold cream”. My mother used to use it all the time, although why was a mystery to me. Why, I wondered (not for very long), did women use it and not men? And why is it called “cold”. Is there a “hot” version?

    And finally, it’s clear from this ad why the windshield needed inventing, eh? 🙂

    1. I love it!–Yes, let’s all write in for our free sample. . . . only I’m worried that the company won’t get our request. The address seems a bit sparse: Dept. 6, R & D Building, New York. 🙂

  4. Two trips to town in two days I’m glad she got to go shopping again. I wish she had of mentioned what she got or forgot, either way it would have been fun to read about.

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