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ReadThisThing (May 8th, 2018)

What most people consider a charmingly antiquated sneeze-catching accessory can also showcase sociocultural history. Hankies, she says, offer a “perfect reflection” of what concerned and entertained people at the time a particular pattern was produced. “Handkerchiefs tell the tenor of the time, the mood of the country, what people were thinking and focused on,” [Ann Mahony] says. In other words, there’s more to handkerchiefs than meets your nose.

As allergy season descends upon us and the need for a handkerchief becomes more prevalent, consider the history of the hanky. It's snot not always been just a tool to keep your nose from running...

Read: Reading American History Through Handkerchiefs

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