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Vintage Color & Design: Handkerchiefs

Vintage Color & Design: Handkerchiefs


Color inspiration by way of two wonderful flickr sets from xtinalamb and one from Monceau. Many of these great designs and color palettes are from the famed hankie designer Tammis Keefe.

"Keefe began working as a textile designer in the 1940's. She began designing for Kimbal scarves in 1953. Her designs are typically 1950s - full of whimsy and those great 50s colors: pink, turquoise, gold and black."

"Keefe's designs were often inspired by her travels. One can find Oriental, Arabian nights, and European castle themed hankies. She also did hankies featuring American cities and attractions."

"There are hundreds to choose from, as Keefe was quite prolific, especially considering that she died in 1960, and had such a short career." - quote link


leaves__blue

leaves_orange

Balloons

Game_Trophies


polka_dots

suns

calligraphic_bird

blue_handkerchief

Scarecrow

Mr_Jonah

Crocodiles

Balloons__Poodles

For more inspiration from handkerchiefs and Tammis Keefe jump over to this flickr group.


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Lacey

What a great article. My grandmother died in 1970 and she had trunks full of clothing and the like. She also had many hankies from the 1920's to the 1970's. Will have to look for them again.
Thank you for posting this. It's educational and very interesting.
Lacey

angelafaye

thanks for posting this article :D
I have a fascination with vintage colours and anything art that is vintage .

tenkerasu

...and i'm the one who thought hankies were just white and no one cared! these are wicked cool!

tuccidesign

what beautiful scarves.
love the crocodiles!

joabear

i love hankies! and vintage! thank you! =D

rwallen

I'm loving that bird one.

Pinkgogo

Love these! Thanks for posting. I have standard poodles, so was thrilled with balloons and poodles

MadSilence

Interesting how color and design can inform our lives, even via the lowly and mundane handkerchief.



After my mother died we saved many of her vintage scarves. Many colorful & unusual designs.


ejasoft

nice love these
thank you

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