Thursday, September 1, 2011

Play Ball!

A year or so ago I bought a stack of pretty ladies handkerchiefs. When I got home, I took a closer look at my purchase and discovered that one of them was a child’s hankie. The edge of the hankie sported a happy spring green color with elephants and ducks and a spotted dog playing baseball.

Upon closer inspection, I noticed a name penned under the foot of a baseball-throwing elephant…..Tom Lamb.

It turns out that Tom Lamb opened a textile design studio at the ripe old age of seventeen. His work gained popularity in the 1920s and was even featured in NY department stores like Lord & Taylor and Macy’s. Along with this early success, he began illustrating children’s books in 1924 and designed many tie-in products to coordinate with the books.

This little hankie is probably part of the tie-in merchandise he created. Wouldn’t you love to have had one of these cuties tucked into a pocket or book bag?

Elephants must have been a popular theme in kid’s merchandise. I was flipping through one of the children’s books I bought recently and found this fun poem….

So did you have a kid’s hankie back in the day?
Was it a Tom Lamb hankie?

I’ll be linking to the following parties:

Vintage Thingie Thursday at The Coloradolady
Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage
Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours
Thrifty Things Friday at The Thrifty Groove
Potpourri Friday at 2805


  1. Why yes! I do have a child's hankie or two. Actually the last gift one of my Grandmothers gave me before she died was a little box with a child's hankie and a silver dollar tucked inside. It is precious to me. I am going to have to look and see if Mr. Lamb's name is on it by chance! Fun post!

  2. Look at the artwork on this closer- it reminds me so much of Horton from Horton Hears a Who- Dr. Suess. You might want to research if there was a controversy over this graphic. You might have something really valuable there.

  3. Yes, I remember having a blue hankie with white flowers. I've found a few children's hankies and love the pretty designs! What a sweet post! ♥

  4. This is so neat -- and yes, I had a lace hankie as a child -- I carried it to church in my little purse, and I wore gloves. Thanks for sharing!


  5. How cute, and thanks for telling us about Tom Lamb. I have several.......I better go see if his name is on any!

  6. I love the education I get from you on vintage items, Sherry! Your little hankie is really cute, and I just know there is a collector out there who would LOVE to get their hands on it. ;)

    Thanks for joining the party again this week.

    Have a terrific weekend!
    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  7. You have a real treasure and keeper with that hankie. I am sure it is worth more than what you paid.

  8. That hankie is so sweet! I know I had hankies as a kid but I don't remember them at all....just to darn old :) This one is precious. I will keep my eyes open for children's hankies as I think they are extra cute!

  9. Those are super adorable!! I love vintage children items! Thanx for coming over to party for Treasure Hunt Thursday!

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  11. These are so cute. You must be ready for the World Series!

    Just a reminder- dont forget to come to my Potpourri Party. It started this afternoon!

  12. Horton the elephant? It is adorable, no matter his name. Nice find!

  13. How darling! I am thinking you found a highly collectable piece, Sherry. I've never seen anything like it. Lucky you!!

  14. Great finds! How cute are those elephants!

  15. We had hankies but only took them to Sunday school and church. I remember one I had also had googly eyes on it. I know I have one or two tucked safely away here but have not looked at them in years. Maybe it is time to share with my niece.

  16. Hi! Just stopping in again to see those cute little elephants play ball!

    I am so pleased that you linked to Potpourri Friday and helping to make it a success! I appreciate you and hope you will link up again next week!

  17. Not sure if I had a Tom Lamb hankie but yes I had hankies. My mom and mamaw used to pin milk money and church tithes wrapped in a hankie inside my dresses. These are cute! ~Ames

  18. That is just so adorable! thank you for joining TTF and have a fun week!

  19. This is adorable, thank you for all the information on Tom Lamb. Amazing to have his own design studio at such a young age. Love the colors and it looks like it's in such good condition.

  20. What a darling hankie! When I was in kindergarten, my mom would pin "days of the week" hankies on my jumper.

  21. Hi Sherry,
    That is a great hankie and in such great condition considering the age. How wonderful to have spotted the name so you could do a little investigative work on the artist!
    I'm old enough that I probably carried a hankie or two in my day but I really don't remember using them. My Grandpa always had one in his pocket. We have a friend who still carries a hankie in his pocket, you just don't see that much anymore.
    Thanks for the great idea for my cigar boxes. If they are the same size, I'm going to give that a try.

  22. What a great hankie....I have a hankie collection but none for kids. I will need to start hunting to see what I can find. Thanks for sharing this wonderful hankie.

  23. My niece is in love with elephants. I dunno what it is but kids love them.


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