Jun 17, 2010

Hankies of Yesteryear...

Hankies..
 A common item of the past,
yet somehow lost and forgotten along the way.

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I was lucky enough to find this big stack
last weekend at a garage sale....


Embroidered in happy colors,
with endearing sentiments.

My Grandmother always had a hankie at the ready to mop me up.
She spritzed hers with Charlie perfume
and tucked it into her "brazier"...


Simple and clean cotton hankies with quiet embroidery...


Frilly and frothy flocked hankies...
make me think of girls in their glamorous prom dresses.


Homemade with colorful crocheted trims...


Even men carried them,
heavier and more utilitarian.

Rhett Butler always had one at the ready for Scarlett's tears...


These are my favorites...

The cotton florals,
so soft, the colors gently muted.


and this one stand out...
With its deep intricate lace edging,
certainly it was used on a special day!


Today I am joining two parties!


Cindy at My Romantic Home



and...
Jessica at A Few of My Favorite Things

Thanks for visiting me today,

30 comments:

Emily {Frilly Details} said...

Those are all so pretty and dainty!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Love all your hankies girl...My Mother always had one and used it all the time...Thanks for sharing your wonderful collection...May you have a GREAT weekend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Olga said...

The stack of such beautiful hankies at a yard sale! That's a treasure find. They are so delicate and pretty.

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

I love old hankies too. I have mine in a glass jar in my bedroom. You have a wonderful collection. So pretty to look at.

Victorian1885 said...

Good evening Bella..
What a lovely collection of hankies! I love the white ones best with fancy handwork..Enjoy your new treasures..

Wanda

A Garden of Threads said...

A beautiful collection of hankies. I love the lace ones, so dainty. I can imagine them in a cupboard edging a shelf. Lovely.

Atelier de Charo said...

Beautiful treasures!

Hugs
Charo

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Your collection of hankies is outstanding. I sooo love the ecru ones with all the lace edging. Very romantic!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

SPLENDEROSA said...

I collect vintage linens, so you were really lucky I didn't get there first. Great find! With our obsession to erase germs no one would actually use one now, but have them displayed somewhere, all your girlfriends will love them.
I'm doing Jessica's Favorite Things too, so come see me. xx's

Cabin and Cottage said...

Lucky Girl! I love hankies--the variety is amazing! I give them in a card for birthdays. And I always carry one in my bag. They're just cheery to collect! I favor the all white ones--surprise! haha Jacqueline

Princesa Nadie said...

Lovely! all them
are really pretty It's sad now we don't use that beautiful hankies...
Love

Passionedeco...perchè le case hanno un'anima said...

Oh Bella,
they're wonderful!
I am lucky enough to have many hankies that belonged to my grand mother, great grandmothere and grandfather. I do not use them because I am afraid of spoiling them.
And what about the lavender scented bath?Done??!!!
Kisses,
Fra

The Blackwood Cottage said...

What a lovely collection, I love to use them around the house, they are too beautiful not to be seen! Have a great day!
Machelle

katie said...

My goodness what a beautiful collection of hankies you have found. So feminine, Kleenex just don't compare.

Michelle said...

Wow those are beautiful, I love vintage hankies they are so delicate. Also thank you so much for visiting my blog and for your sweet comment. You have such great taste so it was a real honor to get such a nice compliment.

:) Michelle

Pamela said...

Hi Bella

Thanks for visiting my blog your the first person to notice my Stevie!! Yes she rocks as an artist and singer!
Lovely blog i'm now a follower!
Pamela xo

Diane said...

Great collection of hankies.

gnee said...

Oh, the days before throw away everything. We would all be so smart to go back to having a hankie with us. That is a favorite memory with
my Grandma too...love how your Grandmother spritzed and tucked! Thanks for sharing your lovely collection.

Lavender Cottage said...

They are so pretty Bella, you are lucky to have found them. I have three, I think, that are so fragile but a treasure as they were given to the ladies of the church when a member passed away.
Oh yes, men used them and to the day he died last year, my father used big cotton hankies; had no use for tissues. Can't say I kept any for memories because I hated washing them. :-)
Judith

Janet said...

What a great find! I have a stack of hankies that belonged to me, my mom, and my grandma. Every once in awhile I get them out and go through them....I have many that are similar to the ones you have.

Susan said...

I love vintage hankies!! They are such a sweet remembrance of times past!

Mary said...

Oh, I love vintage hankies and collect them, too. My mom and dad always carried one. I have some of my mother's. Yours are beautiful. The soft florals are my favorites, too. Visiting from Show and Tell Friday~

stefanie said...

what a gorgeous collection!

Kelly @ Much To Do With Nothing said...

Hi Bella,
I love this hankie post. I never think of them until I see something like this. The ones you have are so beautiful. And what a sweet story about your grandmother carring one with "Charlie" perfume on it.
Kelly

Kathy said...

These are absolutely gorgeous! What a beautiful collection. The one embroidered 'grandmother' took my heart - but, my goodness you could really feel feminine with one of those hankies.
loved it,
Kathy

Deanna said...

Love the hankies!!! So pretty and delicate. Somebody sure did a lovely job decorating them.

God bless,
d

Patyclau said...

Bella, is the first time I'm visiting your blog, everything, I've seen is so nice. Congratulations. Patyclau

Amber Rose said...

Bella, Everything is beautiful as always! Congratulations

Haworth said...

Between you and Jacqueline I think I've found my kindered spirits! I love old hankies and have several old metal boxes filled with them... some handed down from Grandmothers and great-aunts, others found in 2nd hand stores or yard sales, and some as gifts from friends who know how much I love using them. I always have a hankie in my purse. So much nicer on your skin than paper! You probably won't see this as it's such an old post... but I love your blog and am always finding things to read and enjoy as I poke around. Enjoy this beautiful spring!

Haworth said...

I collect antique hankies, too, Bella, including many that belonged to my grandmother. I love how soft they are against one's skin. So much nicer than tissue, and lovely to pull from your purse. There's a sweet tradition of giving a new baby girl a bonnet made out of a white lace handkerchief held together with gentle slip stitches... and then she can clip the stitches and use it on her wedding day!