While we were eating our dessert, Maggie Gushue (the costume director for the Grand Island Historical Society) shared the history of handkerchiefs. She had a lot to say, and I was very surprised. Who would ever guess that handkerchiefs were mentioned by the poet Catullus in the first century BC? At that time, handkerchiefs were white and they were used for such useful purposes as wiping your brow or cleaning. They didn’t stay white for very long. By the 1700s, handkerchiefs were much more colorful and were starting to be used as part of a fashion statement, as opposed to clearing sweat away from your forehead. Anyway, the use of handkerchiefs became much more popular and were made from many different types of fabric and decorated in all sorts of ways. One was even called “presidential.”
A handkerchief for every occasion
That looks like fun!!! And so, I will bid you adieu with one last handkerchief. I’ll wave it forlornly at you as you go on to other blogs.
3 thoughts on “Historical handkerchiefs”
What gorgeous photos! Very interesting about handkerchiefs. I have a box of my mom’s old handkies and always planned to make a collage or something out of them. Your blog brought back me thinking of that again!
I love hankies. I use hankies. I have one in my pocket right at this moment! I try to match them with my outfit. And. I reuse, wash and reuse , not like tissues that go in the garbage. My mother always carried a hankie. I dare say most true gentlemen still carry a handkerchief clean and ready , if he needed to offer assistance to a damsel in distress……love the writing , Alice 😊❤️
we grew up using hankies.. always had one on us.. 🙂 and i loved collecting the prettiest ones too! love that trinidad and tobago one the most here.. such an interesting post