Monday, February 11, 2013

Valentine Cupid

Vintage Valentine Hanky Dresses
These three Hanky Dresses are from my private collection and are very dear to me.

The first one on the left is especially wonderful. Notice Cupid floating across the bodice. I was so surprised when I folded this up and Cupid appeared!

Remember the classic song "Cupid" as sung by Sam Cooke. 

Cupid draw back your bow
And let your arrow go
Straight to my lover's heart for me
Cupid please hear my cry
And let your arrow fly
Straight to my lover's heart for me ...

If you would like to listen to the song, you may click on this YouTube link.

The dress in the center declares the sentiment, "Forever Dear Forever".  Now picture is the late 1950's ... a pretty young woman is standing in her spotless mid century pink appliance kitchen. She is wearing a cotton fitted-waist dress, high heels, and a pretty little apron. Her husband comes through the front door and shouts, "Honey I'm home!"  He waltzes on into the kitchen, slips his hands around her tiny waist and gives her a big hug from behind and a kiss on the cheek. Then he says, "Now close your eyes and hold out your hands." He reaches back around the corner to pick up the gift he hid on the way in. He places a valentine card and one long stem red rose in her hands. She opens her eyes and an adoring smile spreads across her face. He excitedly requests, "Open it, open it." Tucked inside his romantic valentine is this lovely vintage hanky which brings a tear to her eye as she reads...Forever Dear Forever. You know she tucked that hanky away in her dresser drawer along with the memory of that moment when they were both young and so in love. How romantic it would have been to receive this hanky from your husband back in the Fifties!

Now the hanky on the right is what is known as a secret fold hanky. This one would have been folded a special way to reveal a heart and flowers.

Oh, and by the way, there is also a Valentine Hanky Dress on my front door.


  1. I love this, Muriel~ I collect hankies and used to make church pew dolls for my girls! I read a story about them and fell in love with the idea.

    xo Cat

  2. Yeah! Another hanky collector! How would you like to contribute a story about hankies or church pew dolls to my blog?


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