5.25.2013

Teenaged Girl Birthdays in the 1920's

My birthday.
Got a bracelet,
one dollar, a box of candy,
and silk stockings.
Am fourteen, now.

Another birthday.
Got 2 boxes of candy,
two nightgowns,
a pair of silk stockings,
choker beads, and a compact.

Sweet sixteen!
Got a pink silk combination,
a pair of silk stockings,
a pair for fancy garters,
and a compact.

Seventeen.
Mother baked me a cake,
Dad brought me a box of candy,
and they both gave me
green & white silk sport stockings.

My grandmother would have been 103 today. These are excerpted from her teenaged diary, 1924-1927. Silk stockings, who knew?