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Grandma’s Tissues: A Collection of Handkerchiefs
July 21 – September 24, 2017
Friday, July 21, 2017
5:00 – 6:45 pm
Handkerchief collector and historian Helen Smith states, “At first, a handkerchief is just a handkerchief, but upon closer scrutiny I see not only fine needle art but also a study in history, travel, and culture.” Historically, handkerchiefs have had many purposes. The documented use of handkerchiefs dates as far back as the Greek and Roman Empires, when they were not only used for hygienic purposes, but for as a signal for gladiatorial games to begin. By the 18th-century handkerchiefs were fashionably carried by both men and women, but had become so cumbersome that Marie Antoinette had her husband Louis XVI of France, declare that “handkerchiefs be of regular size.”
This display of artistic and historic handkerchiefs are part of a large personal collection and are being exhibited in memory of Virginia and Fred Merch.