COMPIEGNE - NAPOLEON's PALACE
22 hours ago
|This is the dress worn for the opening of the London Olympics. Two copies of this outfit were made, one for the Queen and one for her double who jumped out of the helicopter.|
My print has gone small again!! is it blogger playing with my sanity or is it my paranoia kicking in???
|I have something in common with the Queen, she chooses a handkerchief from her large collection to suit her outfit. I do the same. The hanky I show on the book was my mother's and she dyed it purple in one of her 'dying everything purple' phases. I carry mum's hanky to special family occasions.|
I know handkerchiefs are out and sniffing is in but I wish people would at least carry a tissue. I also like to dye things purple sometimes
|In the seventies when I lived in the U.K for an extended period I sold handkerchiefs in the haberdashery department of Bentalls, a large dept. store in Kingston Upon Thames just outside London. I soon learned a lot about hankys. There were mourning hankys, some for lipstick, hand rolled edges, whatever the customer wanted I had it or would order it in. I still dream about the huge stockrooms full of wool, buttons, trimmings, lace and ribbons. I first saw velcro there and have been in love with it ever since. The bottom left pic. shows the back of Bentalls in my day. The name is still there but Bentalls is now a collection of smaller shops and handkerchief counters and haberdashery depts. are sadly no more.|