Sunday, October 25, 2015

Vintage Hankie Display

A couple weeks ago......was pleased to attend a program at our local museum, the FFA Ag Museum on vintage hankies.  I was so glad I went. I am afraid I don't remember who the gal was that spoke, but she was engaging and her examples she brought were wonderful!  She had several large notebooks with sleeves that housed collections by states, styles, lace, patriotic, novelties etc.  They are historical time capsules in a small square of fabric.  They tell a story about us.

I have a couple children's hankies and I remember carrying them to church with my dime tied in a corner for my Sunday School offering.  I also recall when I had a cold and it didn't seem like the tissues we had then were all that great, so I would use the cloth hankies some of the time.....nicer on my nose.  My mother was a school teacher back in the day and hankies were popular gifts to receive from your students, so I have a small suitcase full of them from her.

There is a display case full of the best children's hankies, I have ever seen in one place.  They will be there for several more months.  Trust me.....these picture hardly do them justice.  Enjoy!!!

 









 

This was the oldest one in her collection.....a battenburg lace edge with an inked inscription c. 1850's,
I believe. 


This is one printed with Waterloo, IA buildings, probably from the 1940-1950.

4 comments:

Nancy said...

Thank you for sharing the photos. I wish I lived closer to Iowa to visit the exhibit.
Wish I had saved a few of my childhood hankies (didn't have many).

Jolene Kronschnabel said...

It really is a lovely and charming display. Not being very familiar with all the types of hankies this program was very educational and interesting. Nice pictures Sheri.

Kurt Schindler said...


Thanks for sharing. Loved the display. Will have to take a closer look at some of the hankies I have.

Charlotte

Ruth said...

How fun! I have a "Very" small collection of vintage hankies. Some are my own from the 50s and I look for hankies with tatting around them and buy them when they aren't too expensive.