Once I got into collecting vintage hankies (really collecting), I discovered Tammis Keefe and fell in like...love...with her designs. They were so different from the usual floral hankies, whimsical and fun, her designs really stood apart. Since then I search her out, though her hankies and textiles are coveted by more collectors than just me...and are very pricey. I feel so lucky when I can snatch one up at a reasonable price and add it to one of my pillow fronts. Here are a few that have made my front cover so far...
Born Margaret Thomas Keefe on December 27, 1913 in Los Angeles, her father, Thomas Keefe, had passed away the week before she was born. Her family called her Peg, a common nickname for Margaret. Tammis (gaelic for Thomas) grew up in Los Angeles where she lived with her mother, aunts and grandparents.
The blonde and blue-eyed Keefe initially studied higher mathematics at Los Angeles Community College, but decided to change her career focus after visiting Chicago’s Art Institute while on a trip to see the 1933-34 World’s Fair. She attended the Chouinard Art School in Los Angeles (now the California Institute of the Arts) to study painting.
Handkerchiefs, linen kitchen towels and scarves are what Tammis Keefe is known for today because of their availability. However, she designed for home furnishing fabrics (Goodall Industries and Golding Decorative Fabrics), wallpaper, all manner of kitchen linens in addition to towels including tablecloths, placemats with matching napkin sets and cocktail napkins (Fallani & Cohn, Falfax All Linen and Goodall). She also designed sportswear shirts for men and women (Marlboro Shirt Company), Christmas cards (Irene Dash Greeting Card Co.), playing cards (Random Thoughts Publications Co.), glassware, dishware and product advertising and packaging.
Bio from Making It Fun
My Vintage Hanky Pillows are available from my Etsy store or Leaping Lotus, my spot in Solana Beach, CA. Until the end of July I'm offering a free shipping promo at my Etsy store.
Here is a Tammis Keefe Treasury I pulled together from other Etsy sellers & Tammis admirers...click on the link below and enjoy !Etsy Tammis Keefe Treasury
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