Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Au Revoir But Not Good-Bye

Q: A friend found this handkerchief in a box she bought at an auction. It has a patriotic border and a soldier in old-fashioned dress. The flag behind them has 17 stars on it. How old is it?

A: The phrase on the banner above the flag, "Say Au Revoir But Not Good-Bye," is the title of music written by Harry Kennedy in 1893. It was revised by E.T. Paull in 1918 during World War I. The handkerchief was a souvenir made about 1917 to 1919. The official American flag had 48 stars on it at that time. The 17 stars on the flag in the background may have been a design decision. Souvenir handkerchiefs sell for $20 to $25.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I just found a cool handkerchief I bought because my ancestry is in England. It's pink with 3/4 inch wide lace border. Machine embroidery in one corner is of small basket of colorful flowers and the words..."From England To My Dear Mother". It's precious.