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This incredible Tammis Keefe kerchief is a true piece of Americana! Highly collectible, this scarf depicts Green and Purple Penguins! The edges have been hand- tooled, and it is signed in the bottom left-hand corner.

Tammis Keefe bio (via
Renowned textile designer Tammis Keefe (1913-60) created and licensed her designs from the mid-'40s until 1960. She graduated from Los Angeles' Chouinard Art Institute (which was later run by Walt Disney and his brother), which is now called the California Institute for the Arts. After working in California in the 1940s for Lord & Taylor and the Dorothy Liebes Studio, she moved to New York and became a successful mid-century textiles designer. She began designing for Kimbal scarves in 1953. Her designs are typically 1950s - full of whimsy and those great 50’s colors. Keefe's work also shows a love of nature and animals. Her dog and cat hankies are true 1950s classics. Other designs to look for are her antique furniture, holidays motifs including Christmas and Valentine's Day, and the special designs she made for the famous 21 Club in New York.
Ms. Keefe's sought-after designs can be found on vintage handkerchiefs, tea towels, silk scarves, cocktail napkins, and occasionally on tablecloths, curtains and other textiles. Items she designed are highly collectible. Occasionally Keefe would sign items as "Peg Thomas."

Period: 1950’s

Measurements: 14 ½” by 14 ½”

Condition: Excellent. In fact, it looks as if it has never been used or washed.

Label: Signed “Tammis Keefe”

Original Materials: Linen/Cotton

Laundry Instructions: Hand Wash/Line Dry

vintage collectible TAMMIS KEEFE Handkerchief signed 1950s Penguins Green and Purple Hand Tooled

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  • Vintage item from the 1950s
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