Bird's Eye View of the Chicago World's Fair

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Pattern Names: A Century of Progress
Top By: Rowley, Richard Henry
Quilted By: Rowley, Richard Henry
Period: 1930-1949
Date: 1933
Location Made: Chicago, Illinois (IL) United States
Project Name: Sears Quilt Contest 1933 Chicago World's Fair
Contributor: Waldvogel Archival Collection
ID Number: 052
Layout Format: Pictorial
Quilt Size: 77 inches x 86 inches
Fabrics: Cotton, Floral, Geometric, Print, Solid/plain
Colors: Beige or Tan, Blue or Navy, Cream, Green, Lavender, Red, Yellow
Construction: Hand Applique, Embroidery, The scallopped border both on the outer and inner edge is machine-sewn.
Quilting Techniques: Hand quilting
Purpose or Function: Challenge or Contest entry
Description: This quilt depicting a bird's eye view of the 1933 Chicago World's Fair was designed by a man. It did not win a prize.
Other Notes: Quilt remained with the quiltmaker through at least two moves (from Chicago to California in the 1940s; and from California to N. Georgia in the 1960s). Quilt was offered to a local auction house in N. Georgia. The auction including a photo of this quilt was advertised in the Maine Antique Digest in late 1997. Waldvogel was alerted to the auction, inquired if the entry label was still attached--it was! She then decided to attend the auction to see the quilt with her own eyes. As the bidding progressed, she decided to bid and eventually got the quilt. When she went to pay for the quilt, the auctioneer gave her a hand-written note from the family saying the quilt was not made by Mrs. Rowley, but instead by her son, Richard Rowley. That news opened up a new avenue of investigation., Quilting adds to the visual impact of the design. Details such as a wake following the sailboat are quilted into the blue expanse of the lake. Architectural features are highlighted through quilting., In 1917, he was an architectural draftsman with the Illinois Central Railroad. [Draft Registration 1917]. In 1933, he was a draftsman for the Chicago architectural firm Quinn and Christiansen. In 1936, he was living in Monee, IL and employed by Walgreens Inc. (no job title noted) when he applied for a Social Security number. In 1950s, he is listed in Davis, CA telephone directories. According to his son, he was employed as an architect by the State of California and worked on several design projects for buildings on the UCLA campus. The Social Security Death Index has his last residence as California. He died in 1968, but he had retired to N. Georgia prior to his death and probably had not updated his address.
Inscription: The official contest entry label includes contest entry information: Name of Maker. Pattern Name, When Quilt Was Made, Selling Price if willing to sell, Quilter's Name, Address, City and State, Sears Store Name/Number. Entry label also included the following statement: "I certify that this quilt is entirely of my own making, and that it has never been exhibited previously" to which the quilter signed her name. Name: MRS. LOUISE ROWLEY Pattern Name: A CENTURY OF PROGRESS When made: 1933 Willing to sell it? No Certify the quilt is entirely made by: Mrs. Louise Rowley. Address: 1333 THORNDALE AVE. CHICAGO ILLINOIS Entered at STATE STR Store
Related Items/Publications: Photo scrapbook compiled by Richard Rowley in about 1930 shows his life and work in New York City working for an architectural firm. (Collection of Merikay Waldvogel).
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