And so it goes as I continue to share my grandmother Minnie and my mother Thelma's memorabilia. Let's reminisce a bit more about the 'Hankies' and how such a small, inexpensive and basically disposable item became a treasured possession and the inspiration for a collection.
My grandmother and mother's hankies have been the source and inspiration for my collection and use of hankies in quilts, curtains, aprons, stories and blogging. I started collecting hanky's long after they were considered a necessity for moping worker's sweaty brows and wiping snotty nosed kids noses. Which, by the way, contributed to the demise of the hanky and the invention of disposable tissues. At one point in hanky history it compared to the 'Smart Phone' of today....no one would think of leaving the house without one.
Hanky collectors often separate their hanky's into categories that reflect their era and theme. Hanky's are an ideal collectible as they are inexpensive, useful, take up very little space to store and are pretty. They make a nostalgic and sentimental gift for Valentines, Mother's Day and Birthday's....especially to another collector and for my Grandmother Minnie and Mother Thelma.
And that is why parting with them...'Is Such Sweet Sorrow'.