I was right to stockpile bandanas, then.
Because the bandana will be your friend throughout this COVID-19 crisis.
Drop it down from your head onto your nose and mouth – or if you like keep it on your pate and use another one over your face.
And if you want to go the whole hog use a third around your neck as a kerchief.
What do you mean you don’t have three bandanas?
Now everyone has their own bandana heroes.
Yours might be Bruce Springsteen, another might favour Axl Rose.
While women have rocked the look from Brigitte Bardot through Lady Gaga to Rihanna… https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/culture/rihanna-in-barbados/ and https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/culture/my-kiss-with-rihanna/
And Martha Washington. Yes, that Marsha Washington, the mother of the Modern Bandana.
Martha had been inspired by printmaker John Hewson who defied the British ban on textile printing at the time.
And wore the bandana in support of George’s many achievements… I’m still waiting for my First Lady to do the same.
The bandana has remained a political garment in American life and was used by Dwight Eisenhower supporters to promote their man in the Fifties.
Our favourite square of cotton has been used variously over the years for any number of messages.
To promote the war effort, and women’s role on their home front, in the US.
As a marker of your loyalty to a sports team, along with baseball caps.
And through John Wayne as a part of the cowboy outfit although your own Bandanaman put his own marker on it in Colorado.
Riding out on the rangeThe New Frontiersmen… www.colorado.com And https://www.heddels.com/2017/05/the-history-of-the-bandana/
Be careful where you put your bandana when you’re not wearing it…
Anyone who has seen the Al Pacino film Cruising will know that which back pocket you put your bandana in will mar out your sexual preference.
But while we ponder all such matters as we walk the aisles of our supermarkets or take our daily walks.
And all the time shield our noses and mouths here’s a thought.
And here’s to the woman who first showed me how to tie my own bandana.
And a couple more shoots of your Bandanaman in his favourite headgear.
They used to say that if you want to get ahead then wear a hat, so what’s your favourite headware.
Let me know and I’ll share.