Florence Luebke lived a quiet life of close family ties and friendships in rural South Dakota, Chicago and, ultimately, Fort Collins, Colorado. Shortly after her death, her nephew donated her meticulously documented collection of handkerchiefs to Colorado State University.
All 1,107 of them.
Florence’s carefully collected hankies are deceptively humble; think of them as diminutive textiles that record larger patterns of personal and societal life in early- to mid-20th-century America – including health, romance and travel on new interstate highways. The impressive collection is now on exhibit at CSU’s Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising through July 2018.
– Doreen Beard, Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising