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Handkerchiefs

The Handkerchief socially and historically has had more uses than just a convenience for personal hygiene issues. As a mini flag for waiving sailors away from port in wartimes, usually by their tearful wives, mothers and girlfriends, who didn’t know if they would ever see their sailors again.

As a symbol of surrender and as a way that a lady could get a man to stop for them if they took their fancy!

If a lady dropping her handkerchief on approaching a man who she intended to get the attention of the gentleman would show his manners by bending down to pick up the little square of fabric and hand it back to the lady thus gaining a connection and hopefully a conversation may ensue….

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