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.