Artifact of the Month
Donated by Roma Morrison Ambrose (S-87-86-10)
The handkerchief is most commonly thought of as a practical aid for personal hygiene, but throughout history, linen, silk, or cotton hankies have also been given as tokens of affection and used as fashion accessories.
Today, we stuff a wad of disposable tissues in our purse or pocket, but in the 1920s and 1930s, men and women often carried their handkerchiefs tucked into a special holder, such as this circa 1920s leather embossed case which came from the family of Roma Morrison Ambrose (1903-1998) of Fayetteville, Arkansas. A similar handkerchief case was offered in the 1927 Sears, Roebuck and Co. catalog for $0.98.