Hanky Panky: An Intimate History of the Handkerchief

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Ten Speed Press, 2002 - Antiques & Collectibles - 139 pages
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Helen Gustafson applies her storytelling talents to the enchanting, unique history of the handkerchief in America. Part memoir, part social history, HANKY PANKY weaves a captivating tale of this delicate linen, which is now enjoying a renaissance of sorts. For those who grew up before Kleenex tissue came on the scene, this volume will bring back the glory days, when handkerchiefs were an indispensable part of every woman'¬?s wardrobe and toilette. For those born AK (after Kleenex), the breathtaking illustrations and juicy handkerchief gossip about such icons as Marlene Dietrich, Joan Crawford, and Jackie Kennedy will give them a newfound appreciation for this timeless accessory.‚ΔΆ Features full-color illustrations of more than 100 unusual handkerchiefs from the author'¬?s extensive collection, including rare commemorative handkerchiefs never seen before in one collection.

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About the author (2002)

One of the premiere tea writers in America, HELEN GUSTAFSON was the author of The Agony of the Leaves and The Green Tea User’s Manual. She was the tea buyer at the renowned Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley, California, and a consultant on tea service to hotels and restaurants. She collected handkerchiefs for over 50 years in Berkeley, California.

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