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Ann Mahoney: Historical Handkerchiefs

Ann Mahony has been called “one of the premiere collectors of vintage history” with an archive that is “museum quality.” Her focus? - Historical handkerchiefs, which “carry stories of hope, of heartache, of happiness.” Handkerchiefs have turned plot lines in Shakespearian plays, and been listed in dowries of Kings. Even Martha Washington distributed presidential handkerchiefs for the first presidential election. From a bride’s tears of joy to a marine tucking his sweetheart’s hankie over his heart in wartime, handkerchiefs have been with us in all the important moments of life. In honor of D-day and in tribute to the Marine’s memorial Ann will include handkerchiefs from the battlefields of both WWI and WWII.