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|All Authors / Contributors:||
Merikay Waldvogel; Barbara Brackman
|Description:||xviii, 123 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm|
|Contents:||The Rainbow City: Chicago and the Fair --
A Century of Progress in Quiltmaking: The Quilting Context --
America's Champion Quilter: The Contest and the Prize --
From Teepees to Temples: The Commemorative Quilts --
A Century Plus: The Contest's Aftermath.
|Responsibility:||Merikay Waldvogel, Barbara Brackman.|
The contest was not without its controversy. When it was announced, rules stated that preference would be given to quilts which developed the Century of Progress theme. However, when the prizes were awarded, commemorative quilts were ignored in favor of traditional patterns. Disgruntled contestants complained to Sears that the judges were biased in favor of tradition. The winning quilt, called the Unknown Star, was entered by Margaret Rogers Caden of Lexington, Kentucky. Much of the work on Ms. Caden's quilt was done by seamstresses who sewed for hire, in violation of contest rules.
Patchwork Souvenirs of the 1933 World's Fair traces and beautifully illustrates the developments of the contest. Included are biographical sketches of the quiltmakers; interviews with several of the women who helped make the grand champion quilt; careful documentation of materials, method of construction, and history of each quilt in the book; illustrations from promotional materials for the fair, quilt owners, newspapers, books, and magazines of the period; and appendices listing contest winners at local, regional, and national levels. Patchwork Souvenirs of the 1933 World's Fair is a remarkable work that shows the importance of quiltmaking in women's lives during the first third of the twentieth century.