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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Hankies

Do you remember the movie, You've Got Mail? In one scene, Kathleen has to explain what a hankie is to a young girl. Kathleen still carries a cotton hankie that her mother gave her, and her initial was embroidered on it with a Daisy because Daisies were Kathleen's favorite flower.  Yes I know I am way too into that movie. It is one of my absolute favorites.  Well when my sis in law, Mina, and I were going through a few more of Mama G's things that were in storage at Mina's house, we hit the motherland of hankerchiefs.

I volunteered to bring them home, wash them and iron them and mail one to each granddaughter and great granddaughter.  So that was my housework for today.  Some could not be saved but most were great after a wash with OxyClean.

I thought you might enjoy seeing some of these antiques.


C is for Crane, Mama G's maiden name.

 Mama G loved butterflies sas does Amelia so this one will go to her.
I saved this one for Kendall as teal is one of her favorite colors.

 There were all sizes and colors...some fancy and some plain.
 I love this lacy one...
 I have heard of some ladies making quilts out of old hankies. I bet it would be lovely.


I wrote a note to all the recipients explaining that these had belonged to their GiGi and I hoped they would use them and remember her.

12 comments:

Susie said...

Arlene, I love that you saved the hankies and passed them on. I hope the girls will cherish them. I need top find mine. I had a purple floral one with me at my neighbor's funeral. It used to me my mom's. Blessings to you and yours, xoxo, Susie

Mary said...

You certainly found the motherload of Handkerchiefs!! Such pretty designs and how nice that you matched each recipients style to the hankie. I wonder if anyone uses these anymore with the invention of disposable tissues?

Sandy said...

What a precious gift! This is a wonderful keepsake that could be used in so many ways.

Robin in Virginia said...

What memories and keepsakes you are passing on to your female family members, Arlene.

sharon said...

Those are gorgeous. What a wonderful keepsake.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How sweet you are! And that's one of my favorite movies too. I always say the line about the daisies! I love the butterfly and the big rose on the blue background. How special they are! Hugs

Meg said...

How fun! I love to visit my mom back home and play Texas canasta with her and her friends. One of the ladies who can no longer play with us is now 103 years old! A couple of years ago she gave each of us one of her embroidered hankies. I still have mine, tucked away between the pages of my wedding album.

Thank you for sharing!

Anonymous said...

My sister and I have a collection of hankies. We have a few states,holidays and ones with lace that our grandmother made.
Loved seeing your beautiful collection.
Marion

Carol said...

What treasures, Arlene! I have my grandmother's old hankies, too--some of them are so sweet and I tuck them in a seasonal display of my little pillows. I think Grandma had a hankie for every holiday :) I'm sure all of the recipients will treasure these memories from their Gigi!

Terri D said...

Truly a wonderful gift and one I'm sure the recipients will cherish for all time. The colorful ones are so different! I'm used to white or off-white. Lovely.

RJ said...

Oh Arlene this is such a pretty collection and filled with wonderful memories of Gigi. It is lovely that each of the granddaughters will get one and you have selected the perfect one for each girl.

We did such lovely things back then. I wish we still did. I'm an old soul at heart.

Loved what Meg did with hers...great idea. RJ

Mari said...

I love these! They remind me of my step-grandma. My Grandma died when I was 4 and my Grandpa remarried. She had all kinds of hankies and showed us how to fold and roll the hankies into babies and mice... to play with in church and stay quiet! :) I wish I could remember how to do them now.