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Tea Rose appliqué quilt won First Place in the Minneapolis Region.essay
The 1933 Sears National Quilt Contest was announced in January 1933 with a deadline of May 15, 1933. Over 24,000 quilts were entered at local Sears stores or sent to one of 10 regional mail order houses. Quilts were judged at each site with the top three winners moving onto the next round. Finally just 30 quilts reached the final judging held at the Sears Pavilion on the 1933 Chicago World's Fair site.
The only known photo of this quilt is a b/w photo taken by Sears Roebuck & Co. in 1934 when the ten regional first place winners were invited to exhibit at the 1934 Chicago World's Fair.
The whereabouts of this quilt is not known. Further information about the quiltmaker Minnie Gau is not known. According to the winner list, she lived at 1455 Lagoon Avenue in Minneapolis.
Sears published patterns for a few of the prize winning quilts. This was one they chose. They named it "Tea Rose."
Waldvogel Archival CollectionInstProjNameF003a
Sears Quilt Contest 1933 Chicago World's FairInstInvContrNumF004
Overall Quilt DescriptionTypeObjF008
Quilt top materials and constructionConstrucF038b
The whereabouts of this quilt and its maker are not known.
Quilt purposes usesReasonsF060
Challenge or Contest entry
Quilt design and materials sourcesTopSourceF064
Traditional pattern variationAddNotesF066
Noted quilt historian Dr. William Rush Dunton, Jr.visited the display in 1933. His comments about this quilt: "Antique Rose. Prints seem old."
Exhibitions and ContestsContestListF071a
Sears Quilt Contest, 1933 Chicago World's Fair
Quilt ownership and contact infoOwnerCountryF086b
Other source materials available for this quiltRelItemsF088a
This quilt is at the far right in the B/W photo of the Regional Winners on display in the Sears Building in 1934. See pg 97 in Patchwork Souvenirs.
Advertisement announcing the winners in Minneapolis newspaper (undated) in scrapbook.
Quiltmaker personal informationGenderF098
1455 Lagoon AvenueCountyF106
Merikay Waldvogel and Barbara Brackman. Patchwork Souvenirs of the 1933 World's Fair (Nashville, TN: Rutledge Hill Press, 1993), 97, 108, 109.
Merikay Waldvogel and Barbara BrackmanReposFile
Image - large display (550 or more pixels)file_medium
MATRIX: Center for Humane Arts, Letters and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University, Michigan State University Museum, Alliance For American QuiltsPublisher
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