When I come across a pretty one, I’ll always snap it up. This example, quite different from the one I showed a few days ago, was machine-made and not as old. Although hankies began to lose popularity to Kleenex paper tissues in the 1930’s (for those who could afford to buy them), many women continued to carry fabric handkerchiefs into the 1950’s and even the early 1960’s. Men, of course, for much longer.
For a special occasion, the use of a handkerchief is more elegant than using a paper tissue – especially for drying tears. A productive cough and runny nose, on the other hand, call for something more hygienic (disposable) and sturdy than a delicate lace pocket square.
When did manufacturers stop making fabric hankies? Maybe they still do. No doubt a supply of both hankies and paper tissues are on hand in many dresser drawers today, along with the dress gloves, purse mirrors and other accessories that every sophisticated woman has at the ready for whatever event may come up on her calendar.
MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY