Parlez vous Francais?

  This 1950’s handkerchief is a fun guide to the french and english words for a variety of things. Featuring charming hand drawn illustrations of an array of animals, colors, and symbols. I especially love the little faces.                      

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Ponte Tresa vintage scarf

This scarf caught my eye with its bright colors and crisp geometric pattern. It has a Hollywood Regency feeling with a bit of Pucci. It is signed “Ponte Tresa”- a name I had never heard of before. Ponte Tresa is a region on the border between Italy and Switzerland. My research hasn’t turned up much […]

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Celestial Patterns in Home Textiles and Fashion

I came across this scarf when I visited my mother last Christmas. It was my father’s but I had never seen it before. My dad was rather debonair and had a few silk handkerchiefs and scarves but I don’t remember him wearing them much in my day – he probably did more often in the […]

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Souvenir Handkerchief – Dessin Depose

This vintage novelty handkerchief is a tourism souvenir promoting “Les Grisons”; the largest state in Switzerland. It is signed Dessin Depose who made hankies, scarves and table linens in the 1950’s and were printed by the Swiss company Kreier. In researching Dessin Depose I found a lot of fun pieces with subjects like “How to […]

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New York

  I’m off to New York City for a few days so I thought this piece was appropriate (although it does have some condition issues). I recently rediscovered this handkerchief in my collection. It is by the artist Carl Tait who designed holiday greeting cards, table linens and handkerchiefs among other artistic pursuits. He had […]

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