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The History of the Handkerchiefs

The whole history of humanity is full of events that keep changing from time to time. The handkerchief is among many items that, when mentioned, its use is automatically remembered, such as cleaning up a spill, wiping sweat, blowing our noses, covering open wounds, and removing stains and dirt from clothes.


The origin of the handkerchief traces back to China in 1000 BC, which was an archaeological discovery. The research shows that the ancient Chinese used hankies to cover their faces from excessive sunlight.

Throughout history, the Romans used hankies for waving in the air during public games and were also used to start chariot races, where raising them would act as a "starting gun."

The use of handkerchiefs has been changing with time, and some events have entirely changed their service. These are like symbols of devotion by a couple; some carried them to portray their wealth. In these events, handkerchiefs changed, and like in the 18th century, King Louis XVI decreed that all individuals in Paris should not have a hanky that is more than “16 x 16” square in size.


The 19th century booming of the handkerchiefs made them be used to carrying valuable information to different individuals. A wife would write a letter to her husband on a hanky. The 1918 Spanish flu led to a decline in hankies. 


Although there was another rise of handkerchiefs in the second world war, technology shook them with the height of the disposable single-use tissues, which is now at boom with the emergency of this deadly Corona Virus pandemic which has reduced the use of the handkerchiefs in the whole world. Like the 1918 flu, do you think they might end in this era?      

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