In the years after WW II, I remember an old custom in Australia and probably in Britain. When a liner was about to sail, the passengers used to throw long paper ribbons to their friends on the wharf and vice versa. The ribbons were in tight little rolls and were heavy enough to carry a fair way. The ribbons were held by both parties until they broke as the ship pulled out. As I recall, the ribbons were generally in pastel colours and were made of ordinary paper. Does anybody recall this custom, or have any idea of its history?