Quilt Index Record: 5B-9D-4C

Essay Historical Background

description
Shooting Star quilt won third place at a local Sears Store.
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. Sears had several department stores in Chicago. The most enthusiastic response to the contest came from the Upper Midwest especially around Chicago. Competition was stiff. This Shooting Star quilt won 3rd place in the same store contest in which Frida Plume's Delectable Mountains (see #096)won first place and went on to win the Chicago regional round and finally one of the top three quilts in the national round. In 1934, this Shooting Star quilt was included in the special exhibition of commemorative quilts that Sue Roberts organized for the Sears Pavilion.

Administrative Fields

InstNameF003
Waldvogel Archival Collection
InstProjNameF003a
Sears Quilt Contest 1933 Chicago World's Fair
InstInvContrNumF004
217

Overall Quilt Description

TypeObjF008
Finished quilt
DateQuiltF023
1930-1949
DateFinishF023b
1933
LayFormatF024
Other
SubjQuiltF025
Star Arcturus may be the inspiration. Star Arcturus became a "nightly star" of the Exposition. At the opening ceremonies, light rays from Star Arcturus which is 44 light years away (the same number of years between the 1893 and 1933 Chicago World's Fair) were captured and relayed to a switch on the Fair site that turned on all the neon lighting. It became a nightly occurrence--something people eagerly waited for at the end of each day.

Quilt notes and observations

FeaturesF053
Without examining this quilt, it is difficult to assess the colors, techniques, fabrics, etc.

Quiltmaker identification

QuiltTopF054
Hendle, Alice
QuiltedByF055
Hendle, Alice

Quilt provenance

LocMadeF057a
Chicago
ProvCountyF057b
Cook
ProvStateF057d
Illinois (IL)
ProvCountryF057f
United States
QuiltHistF059
A photograph of this quilt appeared in the May 26, 1933 Daily News along with two other winning quilts from that particular Store contest. The whereabouts of the quiltmaker and her quilt are not known.

Quilt purposes uses

ReasonsF060
Challenge or Contest entry

Exhibitions and Contests

ExhibitListF067a
Exhibited at a Sears Store in Chicago, mid May 1933. Exhibited with a group of commemorative quilts at the Sears Pavilion at the Chicago World's Fair, summer 1934.
ContestListF071a
Sears Quilt Contest, 1933 Chicago World's Fair

Quilt ownership and contact info

OwnerCountryF086b
United States

Quiltmaker personal information

MaidenF097b
Hendle
GenderF098
Female
EnviroF104c
Urban
CityF106a
Chicago
StateF107
Illinois (IL)
CountryF108
United States
OtherSourceMat
Merikay Waldvogel and Barbara Brackman. Patchwork Souvenirs of the 1933 World's Fair (Nashville, TN: Rutledge Hill Press, 1993), 72.

Image Information

ImageConF075a
Whole quilt
ImageTypeF076
Black and White
AccessF080
Restricted
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File Information

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Image - large display (550 or more pixels)
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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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