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