I collected hankies for several years including souvenir hankies, mostly from California. I was born in California as were my parents. Souvenir hankies were most popular after World War II with the development and increase of interstate travel. These handkerchiefs featured cities, landmarks and attractions in popular tourist locations, and they were an inexpensive souvenir. With the increase in the use of disposable facial tissues the popularity and use of cloth hankies decreased. I like the bring colors on this hankie as well as the California poppies in the upper right corner, the California State Flower.
There are many different colors and designs for state map hankies, they were often made by Franshaw. I have seen them from many many states.
Some souvenir hankies show more than one state. This hankie includes Nevada and parts of Utah and Arizona as well as California. You can sometimes date a hankie by what is and is not depicted on it. Interstate Highway 5 is not on the California map so this hankie was made before 1964 when Highway 5 opened.
This hankie is called “To please you - a Map of Los Angeles El Pueblo De Nuestra Senora La Reina de Los Angeles”. You can date hankies sometimes by what is included on the hankie. This one has “Los Angeles Junior College” shown. The name of that college was changed to Los Angeles City College in 1938 so this hankie design predates that.
This hankie is titled “Presenting a map of Hollywood with All Star Cast”. After researching the various places on this hankie I determined that it was made after 1944 when the Rogers Memorial and Polo Field was established and before 1964 when the Pilgrimage Play closed. The clothing style indicates a date in the late 40’s or early 50’s.
This is a different design for a Hollywood hankie, it has some Art Deco elements. It was created sometime after 1934 when the current Santa Anita Racetrack was built.
This hankie shows a map of Pasadena, California. (Should have ironed it!) It can be dated between 1926 when John Muir Tech started and 1938 when its name was changed to Pasadena Junior College.
This hankie is titled “Famous Southern California Resorts”. The map shows the mainland as well as Catalina Island. It can be dated by the inclusion of the Boy’s School on Catalina Island which started in 1928 and closed in 1943. The bathing suit style indicates a date closer to 1943.
Catalina Harbor and the Casino.
On the bottom, just left of center on this Palm Springs map hankie are the words '“A Foard Print”. Foard had a distinct style and his hankie designs can be identified even if they are not signed. Some of the previous hankies are clearly his designs. The previous hankie showing the Catalina Harbor with the Casino was also his design. This hankie can be dated by the inclusion of the El Mirador Hotel which was in business from 1928-1942. The style of clothing appears to be the late 30’s or early 40’s.
This hankie shows a map of Northern California. Because Shasta Dam was included it was made sometime after 1945. It appears to be another Foard design.
This hankie is called “A Map of San Francisco, the Oakland Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge”. The Bay Bridge opened in 1936 and the Golden Gate Bridge opened in 1937 so this hankie was made after that. It is clearly another Foard design.
This is another map hankie of the San Francisco area. This one is labeled in the bottom right corner, partly cut off, “A Foard..”. It was made sometime between 1935 and 1945 because of the inclusion of the China Clipper flying boat built for Pam American Airways.
This hankie is called, “Here is Monterey Peninsula, The Playground of California”. This hankie was made sometime before 1942 when the Hotel Del Monte closed.
This is Half Dome in Yosemite, undoubtedly another Foard design, probably made in the late 40’s or early 50’s.
This is Hoover Dam between Nevada and Arizona. It is easy to date because it was renamed Hoover Dam from Boulder Dam in 1947. It probably dates from the late 1940’s to the early 1950’s. It looks like another Foard design.
This Arizona map hankie is signed “A Foard Print”. Because of the inclusion of Boulder Dam, it can be dated from 1935-1947.
While all these examples are from California and the western United States, you can find similar hankies from all over the country. When I was buying them, they were inexpensive however now the prices have increased. Ebay and Etsy are good places to look to educate yourself about their current values on those sites. Always search for sold items, not the listed price.
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