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Handkerchief Heroes

Handkerchief Heroes

I was so excited when I found this website I had to share it with other Hankie Lovers!!  It is called, it is all about Hankie history, appreciation and collecting. It was wonderful to explore through the pages, it gave me great joy and I was so excited to see others shared my love of hankies and their stories.  

Ann Mahony, is a collector & historian on vintage handkerchiefs and founder of Handkerchief Heroes, her collection now numbers between 5000-6000 pieces.

I hope you love this piece below from her website, you can view her Hankie collection, her knowledge and collection is something I aspire to. 

"Stories of hope, heartache and happiness hiding in the humble handkerchief 

Who could imagine that a simple square of cotton or silk could hold memories of sadness, loss, joy, hope, happiness and love in their evanescent folds?  But they do.  I know because over the years, I’ve heard countless stories from people about a handkerchief they treasure. Some hankies have been saved for decades. Personally, I have handkerchiefs in my collection dating back to 1893. True collectors have hankies that stretch much farther back in time, for these keepsakes were special to someone, and were thus saved, and survived for us to savor.

Handkerchiefs have been with us in the small moments – dabbing a baby’s chin, wrapping a child’s cut finger, catching a tear while watching An Affair to Remember for the umpteenth time, and  the major moments – a bride’s tears of joy, a widow’s deep despair, a marine tucking his wife’s perfumed hankie over his heart.

Numerous histories of the handkerchief abound, with some facts contradicting others.  In no way should you consider me a historian, nor this a comprehensive history.  I offer the following as a compendium of fascinating facts gathered from a variety of sources that appear to be reliable" - Ann Mahony

I encourage you to visit this wonderful website, I just love it! -

1 comment

  • Robyn

    Loving your hankies ,could you tell me the finished size of children’s and women’s hankies please?

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