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Catalog Number 2010.092.034C
Description Holbrook-Palmer Towel, c. 1926-1958. Holbrook-Palmer Collection. Rectangular beige-colored linen hand towel with cream-colored hemstitch edge. Openwork inside edges create design. Cream-colored satin stitched shield with initials topped by crown. Initials read "OPH".
Object Name Towel, Hand
Collection 3D - Toilet Articles
Title Holbrook-Palmer Towel, c. 1926-1958
Date c. 1926-1958
Creator Unknown
Role Seamstress
Inscription Text "OPH" (Embroidered in shield under crown)
Provenance Olive Holbrook Palmer collection of items kept in locked cupboard at Holbrook-Palmer Park after being removed from carriage that is now part of SMCHA's collection.
Notes [] "In 1926, Olive Holbrook Palmer inherited the property, then named Elmwood, and continued to use the residence as a summer home with her husband, Silas Palmer. Upon her death in 1958, Olive Holbrook-Palmer willed the property to the town of Atherton to be used as a recreational park. Her husband had life tenancy and upon his death, it reverted to the Town of Atherton. The Holbrook-Palmer Park Foundation, a non-profit organization, was then established in 1968, to receive donations for developing the 22 acres into a viable and usable park."
Dimensions H-21.5 W-14.375 inches
Medium Textile
Search Terms Atherton
Holbrook, Charles
Holbrook-Palmer, Olive
Household Linens
Subjects Bathrooms
People Holbrook, Charles
Holbrook-Palmer, Olive