Texas & The West

Posted on Jul 15, 2017 in All Blog Posts, Travel, USA

Texas & The West

We’ve traveled through Kansas and Oklahoma in our sojourn west, and I’m sure a few Texans are wondering when we’re going to give a tip of the ten gallon to the Lone Star State where The Stars at Night are Big and Bright. (Sorry, couldn’t resist. Did you know there are 100++ songs devoted to Texas? from Abilene to Amarillo,  Big D to Brownsville,  Galveston to La Grange, Luckenbach to San Antonio…Texans love to sing about their state!) When it comes to handkerchiefs and fashion, you’ll find the Yellow Rose of Texas prominently featured, in every style – from bold and brassy to fluttery...

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The Prairie

Posted on Jun 21, 2017 in All Blog Posts, Travel, USA

The Prairie

The Prairie “… a region so quiet and pristine that we have the sense of being the first human beings ever to set foot in it. We fall silent ourselves in its midst, as if conversation in a place of such primeval solitude would be like talking in church.”  Jim Fergus, The Wild Girl We began our cross country junket in Kansas, and as we trek across the prairie, we soon encounter cowboys for this is their terrain, filled with long dusty days and cool starlit nights.       Often filled with songs around the campfire… “Where the leather is scarred, there is a great story to tell.” Jimmy Tart...

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Kansas & Missouri – America’s Heartland

Posted on Jun 7, 2017 in All Blog Posts, Travel, USA

Kansas & Missouri – America’s Heartland

In this land of plenty we have extoled the beauty of the “fruited plain” and now turn our attention to the grandeur of the “amber waves of grain”. Note the golden wheat featured on the prairie in this souvenir hankie, along with pioneers traveling the Santa Fe Trail, a miniscule oil well (gushing, no less!) and domed state capitol. Also note the American Flag at 12 o’clock marking the geographic center of the U.S.  We are indeed in the “heartland” of America. As discussed in our New York blog, these delicately embroidered hankies were never utilitarian, but strictly for collecting and were...

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Memorial Day Video

Posted on May 31, 2017 in All Blog Posts, Patriotism, Youtube

Memorial Day Video

“War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all; but I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.”  J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers In the past we have paid tribute to the brave men and women who fight valiantly to preserve our freedom. Today, we’ve compiled those tributes into a YouTube video to showcases handkerchiefs from WWI and WWII. The musical accompaniment is “Hymn to the Fallen” sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. As you view the video, you’ll...

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Insects

Posted on May 15, 2017 in All Blog Posts, Botanical

Insects

Having lauded the glories of gardens and the virtues of vegetables, it’s time to acknowledge those who make it all possible…no, not gardeners….think smaller………..infinitely smaller………yep, insects. Those most beautiful pollinators – butterflies are frequently featured on handkerchiefs. “Butterflies are not insects… they are self propelled flowers.” Robert A. Heinlein, The Cat Who Walks Through Walls Their inspiring metamorphosis from crawling creature to winged wonder has led several cultures to imbue them with the symbolism of rebirth and new beginnings, which is why butterfly images are...

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