Saturday, January 16, 2010

Vintage Handkerchiefs ~ Ultimate Find ~ Disney's Mary Blair

In 2007 ~ I purchased this handkerchief at an estate sale.  It was .25 cents- (REALLY!)  It retained its original tag, and was signed Mary Blair.  Of course I knew several textile designers such as Tammis Keefe, Pat Prichard, Carl Tait, and of course Tom Lamb.  I had never heard of Mary Blair-- So I listed the "cute" handkerchief on eBay. 

Over night it had over 20 watchers~ I was shocked and couldn't understand the interest in this handkerchief-- So.... I Googled Mary Blair- and this is what I found

Mary Blair (October 21, 1911 – July 26, 1978), born Mary Robinson, was an American artist best remembered today for work done for The Walt Disney Company. Blair produced striking concept art for such films as Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Song of the South and Cinderella. Her style also lives on through the character designs for the Disney attraction It's a Small World, as well as an enormous mosaic inside Disney's Contemporary Resort. Several of her illustrated children's books from the 1950s have never been out of print, such as I Can Fly by Ruth Krauss. Blair was honored as a Disney Legend in 1991, one of the first women to be given the honor.

Needless to say I was surprised and pretty thrilled about this great find for .25 cents-- I watched the interest climb during the week as the auction progressed.  Well-- My auction ended on Sunday and this "cute" handkerchief sold for $105.00!    I am thrilled to offer another this week on eBay!   It will be fun to watch how well this wonderful find does~~  



Sharon said...

Great finds - I handle LOTS of hankies, but never find Mary Blair! Her designs are so imaginative and whimsical!

New York Vintage Linens said...

Hi Sharon,
Yes, they are so whimsical.
I was listing the handkerchief yesterday and ARGH~~ I found a pinhole that I had not seen.

Linens Lace and Lattes said...

Cute Hankies Carolyn. I will be watching the auction. I find alot of hankies and hardly ever find designer/signed hankies. Reading your post reminded me that I should be checking my books more often to identify those which are not signed. BTW - received White Linens A to Z and love it! I have read through it twice and now have it sitting next to my computer screen. It is a wonderful reference. I wish you could have heard how many times I said "I sold that and didn't know that is what you called it". Now I do thanks to you and Marsha Manchester! deb

Vintage Linen Treasures said...

Good Gracious! What a couple of awesome finds. Both hankies are just adorable. I love looking through piles of hankies at antique shows because there's always something fun to find. Now I can add another name to my list of "searches". Thank you for sharing.
Patricia :o)

Marydon Ford said...

Sha-Zamm! What a coup for you! I have many of the other artists but have not seen this lady before, Congrats!

Happy Mother's Day ~
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Short and Sweet said...

I never heard of Mary Blair but I'm glad that you made so much money from your original .25 investment! Congratulations.

Jenna said...

those are adorable! would be so cute framed in a child's room.

Anonymous said...

So cute,, I want to have that too to add in my antique collectibles.

New York Vintage Linens said...

Sure, No problem
Let me know when you post it!
Happy New Year

Kathleen from Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Cute hankies. I love to collect vintage handkerchiefs also! blessings,Kathleen

lena said...


I really like your work and the way you present it on your blog. I also like Mary blair because she was a great designer. My grand mother use to collect hankerchiefs also.

best regards.