I'm wearing knit pull on long pants, a long sleeved knit pullover shirt, and a flannel shirt over that. It's kind of chilly here today...
|My Grandma Tedlie, 1903 or 4|
|My Grandma Tedlie on back row, next to her Aunt "Dode"|
and her parents on the front row, circa 1903-4
This ladies' magazine was pretty advanced for its time, in that it also included political cartoons, which reminded me of some of our current comments we hear...
|They were talking about the President's golf game even then. LOL.|
And then there was a very interesting article written by then Senator John F. Kennedy, responding to the question of "Would You Want Your Daughter to be President?" Of course this was written before he actually became our President.
Senator (President) Kennedy concludes his article by saying :
"The first woman President, because of the fact that she is a woman, will have to be an extraordinarily capable chief executive. She will require the charm and wisdom of an Eleanor Roosevelt, the leadership and military prowess of a Joan of Arc, the stately compassion of a Queen Victoria, the political sagacity of a Clare Boothe Luce, the courageous determination of a Sister Kenny, the pluck--to keep going under almost overwhelming odds--of a Helen Keller, and , in addition, all of the best qualities and skills of the Republican and Democratic lady officials mentioned earlier in this article. No doubt beauty and grace will also be important to her nomination and her election. Is there such a woman, or is there a chance that there ever will be? Of course there is--and if the Democrats nominate her, she will receive my vote!"
I wonder about that last sentence...I think if President Kennedy were alive today he would not recognize his Democratic party, and I am not too sure that he would vote that way again...but that is my opinion.
Well, I didn't intend for this to become a political post, so please forgive my wandering into that arena. I was merely sharing the changes in our women's lives and clothing and interests during the first half of the last century. Our grandmothers' and mothers' era as well as the beginning years of some of us "old gals" today...
When I look at these old pictures and fashions, I realize that we have come a long way since 1901. Our grandmothers didn't even have the right to vote until 1919 or thereabouts. I wonder what they would think of our current society and the roles of women today? Would they be envious of our so-called "freedoms", or would they warn us that we wandering too far from our true purpose in life. Of course, I do believe that a woman could become President of the United States. And I do agree with President Kennedy's assessment of the kind of woman that it would take to be a good President. Personally, I do not believe that woman has arrived just yet. Perhaps she will be in our grandchildren's time. Whoever she is, I pray that she will have a heart faithful to Almighty God and to our country, and that she will continue to hold up the ideals and standards that helped to create this great nation that our ancestors dreamed of.
Okay, I guess that's it for today. I hope you enjoyed this little journey back into time. One thing is for sure, it does make me appreciate my comfy clothes and undergarments of today!