Over the past few weeks, I've come across a number of souvenir hankies, which I will showcase here and in some subsequent posts.
When we look at a souvenir hankie, we can imagine our mid-century traveler visiting a new place, returning to an old one, or just collecting souvenirs along her journey from Point A to Point B. A hankie would be the ideal souvenir for many reasons. It's small enough to easily carry or mail to another person. It reminds the owner of a place she once lived or visited. Or, as a small gift, it can answer the question, "What did you bring me from your trip?"
Our first travel-related hankie is from the state of Ohio. If you're from Ohio, can you find your town on the map?
|The whole hankie|
|The scarlet carnation is the Ohio State Flower|
|Wright Field is shown in this part of the hankie. |
It became part of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in 1948,
so it's probable this hankie was designed before that time
(or the designer was looking at an old map).
|I like the little cows on the hankie, representing agriculture|
|I think that's a paddle wheel boat on the Ohio River|
Collector's Weekly gives a concise history of hankies:
Katie Dix's website provides some information on the history of vintage souvenir hankies:
Hankies were used to commemorate more than just travel: