Quilt Index Record: 5B-9D-47

Essay Historical Background

description
World's Fair Quilt Kit
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.

Administrative Fields

InstNameF003
Waldvogel Archival Collection
InstProjNameF003a
Sears Quilt Contest 1933 Chicago World's Fair
InstInvContrNumF004
134

Overall Quilt Description

TypeObjF008
Finished quilt
QuiltTitleF009
World's Fair Quilt Kit
AltNameF011
Century of Progress Quilt
OverallWidthF12a
74 inches
OverallLengthF012b
88 inches
PredomColorsF014
Blue or Navy
Brown
Gold
White
Yellow
OverallColorF14b
Bright or primary colors
TypeInscripF019
Date
Message
ContInscripF020
1833 to 1933
DateInscripF020a
1933
DateQuiltF023
1930-1949
DateFinishF023b
After 1933
DateInfoF023f
This quilt kit was offered for sale on the World's Fair site in 1933 and maybe in 1934. (Oral interview pertaining to #066 World's Fair kit quilt.)
LayFormatF024
Pictorial
SubjQuiltF025
Century of Progress

Quilt top materials and construction

FiberTypesF035
Cotton
FabPrintF037
Solid/plain
ConstrucF038b
Hand Applique
ConstrucF038g
Embroidery

Quilting Description

QuiltTechF049
Hand quilting
DesignF052a
Outline
Single parallel lines
DesignF052c
Parallel lines

Quilt provenance

ProvCountryF057f
United States
QuiltHistF059
Quilt was donated by Shelly Zegart in 1995.

Quilt purposes uses

ReasonsF060
Commemorative
PresUseF062
Museum collection

Quilt design and materials sources

TopSourceF064
Commercial/Published source: Kit
CommSourceF064b
Kit manufacturer is not known.
PattSourceF065
Kit
AddNotesF066
Compare this quilt to #066 made with the same kit. The only differences are in the embroidery designs.

Quilt ownership and contact info

OwnershipF082
Public Museum, Library or Institution
OwnerNameF082a
American Museum of Folk Art
OwnerCityF084
New York
OwnerStateF086
New York (NY)
OwnerCountryF086b
United States

Other source materials available for this quilt

RelItemsF088a
See: Elizabeth Warren and Sharon Eisenstat Glorious Amrican Quilts: The Quilt Collection of the Museum of American Folk Art (New York: Dutton, 1996), 107.

Quiltmaker personal information

CountryF108
United States

Image Information

InvenNumF075
1995.26.1
ImageConF075a
Whole quilt
ImageTypeF076
Color
SourceF077
Slide
photocredit079a1
Gary Heatherly
AccessF080
Restricted
HolderF080a
Merikay Waldvogel
CreditLineF080b
Merikay Waldvogel and Barbara Brackman
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File Information

function
Image - large display (550 or more pixels)
file_medium
image
file_format
jpeg
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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