Tea Rose


Quilt Index Record: 5B-9D-40

Essay Historical Background

description
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."

Administrative Fields

InstNameF003
Waldvogel Archival Collection
InstProjNameF003a
Sears Quilt Contest 1933 Chicago World's Fair
InstInvContrNumF004
215

Overall Quilt Description

TypeObjF008
Finished quilt
QuiltTitleF009
Tea Rose
DateQuiltF023
1930-1949
LayFormatF024
Block pattern

Quilt top materials and construction

ConstrucF038b
Hand Applique

Quiltmaker identification

QuiltTopF054
Gau, Minnie
QuiltedByF055
Gau, Minnie

Quilt provenance

LocMadeF057a
Minneapolis
ProvCountyF057b
Hennepin
ProvStateF057d
Minnesota (MN)
ProvCountryF057f
United States
QuiltHistF059
The whereabouts of this quilt and its maker are not known.

Quilt purposes uses

ReasonsF060
Challenge or Contest entry

Quilt design and materials sources

TopSourceF064
Traditional pattern variation
AddNotesF066
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 Contests

ContestListF071a
Sears Quilt Contest, 1933 Chicago World's Fair

Quilt ownership and contact info

OwnerCountryF086b
United States

Other source materials available for this quilt

RelItemsF088a
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 information

GenderF098
Female
EnviroF104c
Urban
StAddressF105
1455 Lagoon Avenue
CountyF106
Hennepin
CityF106a
Minneapolis
StateF107
Minnesota (MN)
CountryF108
United States
OtherSourceMat
Merikay Waldvogel and Barbara Brackman. Patchwork Souvenirs of the 1933 World's Fair (Nashville, TN: Rutledge Hill Press, 1993), 97, 108, 109.

Image Information

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Whole quilt
ImageTypeF076
Color
SourceF077
Slide
AccessF080
Restricted
HolderF080a
Merikay Waldvogel
CreditLineF080b
Merikay Waldvogel and Barbara Brackman
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Image - large display (550 or more pixels)
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Contributing Institutions
MATRIX: Center for Humane Arts, Letters and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University, Michigan State University Museum, Alliance For American Quilts
Publisher
Quilt Index
Resource Type
StillImage

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