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A Show-er, A Blower

In Victorian and Edwardian times, a gentleman had to carry two clean handkerchiefs every day - a show-er in the breast pocket which was in fact designed to accommodate it, and a blower in the trousers pocket.

As its name implies, a show-er is for show only, but was available to a lady companion, who would pull it out and use it in an emergency. She would keep it and return it next day, washed and ironed. A blower once used, should not be folded but crumpled and returned to the pocket.
Both handkerchiefs had to be changed each day but, after the shock of the Great War, the rule was relaxed a little in that yesterday’s show-er, if unused, could become today’s blower.

In Baghdad, before the advent of paper and plastic bags, a show-er was used as a shopping bag by some men, by tying or holding the corners together, enabling a businessman to take home fresh fruit for lunch.

Nowadays, the new generations find it more convenient just to carry paper tissues than cloth handkerchiefs.

Etiquette: When a towel is used in a guest toilet, it should be left in a crumpled state to show that it had been used. At the dinner table a guest must leave his napkin not folded, otherwise it may suggest that he wants to come again.

Etiquette: Never give a handkerchief as a present as it may be taken to mean for wiping off the tears.









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