Friday, September 14, 2012

Hanky-Panky

Hee hee - did you think this was going to be a "naughty" post?  No, it's just another of my horrible plays on words.   Fooled you!  :D



I can't believe I found more of these!  You may remember a post I did about these "fauxkerchiefs" back in March - well, on a recent trip to the Fox Valley Antique Mall, I saw these beauts and I had to have 'em. I got six in the pack and as you can see, almost all of them are different colors!  Why, this gentleman was prepared for any hanky emergency!  :D

I love the "One Hour Martinizing" logo - it's one of the first logos I can ever remember seeing. My parents never dry-cleaned anything, so I must've been with my Grammie on errands or something.  The store I remember was on Military Avenue, which was the shopping center district of Green Bay (and the store's still there!).  I don't know if it was the font, or the colors, or what, but it really drew me in.

The history of the company is interesting - it was founded in 1949 by Henry Martin, who developed a solvent for dry cleaning whereby the clothes could be cleaned on-site (previously, the solvents were so flammable that the processing had to be done at a remote site from the store).  It revolutionized the dry cleaning industry and One Hour Martinizing was born.  Of course, others followed suit (get it?  Suit?  Dry cleaning?) and according to the Wikipedia page, franchises in the US have been steadily declining in the last decade or so.  We don't have any in Fond du Lac - I wonder if we ever did?

Much like in the last post about these little guys, I have plans to either cut them up or do some embroidery on the hanky itself.  I got all 6 of these for only $2.75, so I don't feel bad about it!  :D

P.S.  Today is the last day to enter the Paper Flea Market $15 gift certificate giveaway - head on over to this post and comment!  I'm drawing a name at 5 p.m. CDT this evening, so hurry!  :D




6 comments:

  1. I too have about six of these faux pocket hankies and love them. What a wonderful idea for the well dressed man. I tried to get hubby to wear one and he just gave me that 'you have lost your ever loving mind look'. Why aren't these still being made?

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    1. Oh Michelle, if we could only return to the days where people actually DRESSED to be in public! That would be wonderful! Oh, but for men only - I don't want to have to wear a dress. Or pantyhose. :D

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    1. Thanks, Chris! I love this quirky kind of ephemera - the kind you don't see every day! :D

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  3. I thought 'Martinizing' had something to do with the cocktail hour...silly me.

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    1. Ha ha ha, Jo! No that's MARTINI-izing! I can see where one would get confused, though - I want my dry cleaning shaken, not stirred. :)

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