Sunday, June 21, 2015

Tammis Keefe New York Grand Central Terminal Hanky

We have a nice selection of handkerchiefs here in Vintages. Most are nice ... simple or traditional designs ... some are souvenirs ... some are for kids. Every now and then we get a hanky that is just terrific ... like this one. It features New York's Grand Central Terminal. Built in the 1870s, the station is an icon, both of architecture and history.


This hanky is designed by Tammis Keefe. Long before Gloria Vanderbilt and her blue jeans, Keefe became one of the first women to sign her name conspicuously on her work and to achieve name recognition. Lord & Taylor Manhattan even took out a full-page ad in The New York Times for a "Meet the Designer" day to introduce Keefe and a new line of furnishing fabrics. Tammis Keefe was born Margaret Thomas Keefe in 1913. Originally a math major in college, she transferred to the Chouinard Institute of Art, now part of the California Institute of the Arts. Keefe worked for the Disney studios, and later became art director of the influential periodical Arts and Architecture, a publication renowned for innovative layout and graphic design. Before her death at age forty-six in 1960, Keefe produced approximately four hundred designs for handkerchiefs and at least one hundred for dishtowels, all featuring her trademarks of unexpected color and subtle wit. (Excerpted from the tammiskeefe.com website).

Tammis Keefe New York Central Terminal Hankie

This is from a series of hankies that Keefe designed about famous New York sites. We have this available for $29.95.

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