Sunday, February 14, 2016

Hangers and hankies


Hi friends!


Not to be nosy (*smile*) ... 
but what's the oldest thing in your closet?   

Having recently rid ourselves of a ridiculous number of out-grown and out-loved articles of clothing, my wardrobe's become lean and (ahem) purposeful.  Nooo sentiment, no-siree!  



Except ...

Right there in front of my nose -- like so many sturdy sentinels -- there's a collection of hangers from days gone by.   Curiously, I've grown quite fond of a few. 



Why, do you suppose, hotel and clothiers ceased branding their stuff?   

I can't help but wonder why my father felt so inclined to hang onto these ... as well as this faded rose stitched by his own mother, gosh knows how may years ago?
Can you imagine anyone taking time to do that today ... on purpose?
For reasons I'm reluctant to explore, this grand dame now supports my favorite robe.


Speaking of grand dames ...
How many of you still carry a hankie?

I'm deeply ashamed to admit, the handkerchief tucked inside my birthday card each year from momma's mother wasn't exactly received with joyful abandon.  Now, I suspect it was all the poor woman could afford.  
By the time this 'tom boy' morphed into a girl, I suspect the idea of carrying a hankie was met with an exaggerated eye-roll.

Fast-forward ...
Only a few years after mother's death, I thought to try on her beloved London Fog trench coat.  Plunging my hands deep inside its pockets, I discovered an oddly-familiar scrap of cloth.
Instinctively, I lifted it to my face and believed - yes, I did! - I could sense a familiar aroma.

Today, momma's hankie lays comfortably in a crevice in my own handbag.  'Sort of my own, "don't leave home without it." ... a talisman, if you will.

Before saying 'bye', I wanted to show you a favorite familial relic.



When I first spotted this delicate bit of cloth I literally shook my head in wonder at my mother's patience ... her careful embroidery: "EM" = Evelyn Myra.

Now, "LE" on the opposite fold?  For the life of me, I can't figure who he(she) may have been.   I'm pretty sure it's not a relative.  A best friend ... or former beau, perhaps?  My imagination's in overdrive!

Curious and comforting, that which remains.



Happy Valentine's Day!!!

Hugs from Phoenix,
Myra








  




       




27 comments:

  1. The mystery of the hankie initials...would make a great book, I think. Getting hankies in cards was big in our moms' days. Some of them are really pretty! My favorite hangers are the ones my mom crochet. I treasured them! Like that padded one you hang your robe on!

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    1. And here, I thought my g'ma was the only one who gifted hankies!
      I'd love to see a picture of your mother's crochet hangers someday, Mary. Wouldn't those be fun to start collecting?

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  2. When I was in the process of moving from TX to TN I found a lot of old wooden hangers and I kept them. Much like Joan Crawford, I HATE wire hangers.

    This is really going to date me, but I remember a long-ago time when everybody carried handkerchiefs. And I have a few that my grandmother embroidered.
    Things have changed a heckuva lot, haven't they?

    I wonder if you'll ever solve the mystery of who "LE" is? Probably not, but it's intriguing.

    My Mom had a London Fog trench coat.

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    1. After I wrote this, I remembered one of my mother's cousins who's still living and may know who "LE" was. And, wouldn't it be a hoot if "ME" was someone else entirely?

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  3. Those hangers are too expensive today, but what great relics to keep! I need to purge my closets (yes plural) too. I don't use hankies anymore and neither does Joe. It is a time gone by....

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    1. With an eye on retirement, I've been trying to downsize ... but you're right, hangers are great relics and best of all, they're necessary!

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  4. I love finding the old hotel hangers at estate sales - they are such a cool piece of history.

    I have one of my grandma's hankies in a locked jewelry box for safe keeping.

    Oldest piece of clothing in my closet? My black leather motorcycle jacket from around 1976. It still fits too, altho I rarely wear it, I can't part with it.

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    1. Oh, I'd love to see a 70's picture of you in that jacket!

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  5. The oldest thing in my closet? Oy, I shudder to think of it. I pretty hang onto things until they fall apart.

    It's good to know I'm not the only one who still has some of those old wooden and fancy embroidered hangers. Ditto the hankies. I no longer carry one with me, because they're not nearly as good as tissues, but I can't quite convince myself to get rid of the few I still have left from years ago. I still have several pairs of white gloves, too, including a loooooong pair. It isn't likely that I'll ever be attending another prom, so I should get rid of them, I suppose. Maybe some of our granddaughters would like to have them. :)

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    1. Oooooh, I'd totally forgotten those long white gloves! Yes, I suspect the grand-girls would delight in those treasures.

      Thanks for much for stopping by!

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  6. There's some old stuff in my closet but it is my clothes. LOL BUT My sherry can make a Kleenex last a long time. Ignorant me, asked the other day, if you carried a hankie, you wouldn't have to say, I forgot a tissue! I think she smiled, but I am not sure. And I think she said no one carries a hankie anymore, ladies that is. OI think every man carries on in his back pocket. Well that is what I THINK.

    I like wooden hangers, we do still have a few around, nothing exotic with names on them.
    My grandma could tie change into one corner of her hankie, I still wonder how she did it.
    Thanks, and always a great read, wit some fun.
    Happy Valentine's day!

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    1. Tom still carries a hankie, too! I never paused to ask him why, but I sure appreciate him pulling it out on those occasions when I get all 'ugly tears' at a movie.

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  7. So sweet with the hankie and the initials that may never be solved. Hubby still carries a handkerchief :)

    Good to purge the closet; it is good for the soul I think :)

    Wooden hangers can be so sturdy and solid; always good to keep them.

    I think I have a few dresses about 9 years old in my closet as the oldest thing. The last move I purged those clothes that I desperately hoped to get back into, but hadn't for many a year :)

    As we speak, a certain young couple is heading to the hospital; several false alarms, but we think this could be the "real deal."

    As we speak, we are still waiting for that house to present itself...........if the offer we just made today "takes" there truly is a great story behind it :)

    betty

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    1. Thanks, Betty!!!
      I'm on pins and needles over here about baby Aaron. :)

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  8. I meant to say, I liked the shot of the wooden hangers, it said bunches!;-)

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    1. ... and somewhere along the line, my favorite wooden hanger which bore the logo of the ill-fated Yarmouth Castle disappeared. Just my luck, I probably sent it to Goodwill under an old jacket.

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  9. Squeal....that is for Betty!! Richard still carried a hanky in his back pocket right up until he quit wearing jeans. It was always funny to us. I have some hankies and a pair of lace white gloves that belonged to Richard's mom. I should get those out and do something with them. The oldest thing in my closet is a wool cape Richard got for me the first year we are dating. He was on a business trip and bought it at the Amana Colonies in Iowa. I will have to get it out and photograph it too! Thanks for this wonderful walk down memory lane. I love the mystery of the hanky initials.

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    1. Like I was telling Jack, I think a gentlemen carrying a hankie is gallant and, dare I say, gallant!
      Wouldn't it be funny if the "ME" was totally someone other than my mother?

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    2. Silly fingers got away with my brain! I meant to say, "dashing and gallant."

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    3. LOL! I never much thought of it as dashing and elegant! But yes, that is a good way to think of it. And it would be totally funny if it wasn't even your mom's hankie!!

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  10. There is a lot of old things in my closet that I won't or can't part with. Lots of my clothing is old, but thankfully I still fit into most of it. I don't buy much of anything new anymore. My grandmother always sent a handkerchief with my birthday cards too. I loved them and still have many that I cherish. I haven't carried one for years though. I carry those purse size packages of tissues now. I also love wooden hangers and have several, and wish I had more. Lots of good memories in your post for me today !

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    1. Wow..... that's neat that you and Mary also remember getting hankies in their greeting cards. I may have to consult Pinterest to see if there isn't something I can do with the two-three which remain.

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  11. I know that I would hold onto those wooden hangers. They are so retro and awesome! I do have a cute handkerchief in my purse and I usually put it around my phone. I don't use them like a you would a tissue.

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    1. Thanks, Debby! Maybe on account I'm feeling pretty "retro" myself, I more fully appreciate these hangers. :)

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  12. I can't begin to guess what item in my closet is the oldest. I have so many ancient items. But, last night I slipped into one of my favorite nightshirts, on which is printed the word "Forty-ish" and we both know I am so much past that. I also have my favorite hangers and I recently bit the bullet, as they say, and replaced everyone in my closet with my knew fav. I also have a small collection of inherited hankies that I take out occasionally and allow myself to be drawed back in time to those special moments spent with the original loved one.

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    1. You know, seeing your name here just made my day!
      Aren't 'night shirts' the best ever? :)

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  13. My dad had so many hankies because we bought him for his birthday, Christmas, etc. A dear blog friend who passed away in 2010 gave me a vintage hankie to share in a giveaway but when she passed away unexpectedly I could not part to part with it. I take it out and my mind floods with memories of her. She was a gem. xo

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