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Thread: Coat of Many Colors

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    I found this on net while surfing some photos of Americana. I got this description from the site......

    August 17, 1937. "Joseph's coat of many colors had nothing on this unique quilt which is now being completed by Mrs. Ethel Sampson of Evanston, Ill., after six years of collecting. Parts of wearing apparel from President Roosevelt, Mrs. Roosevelt, members of the Cabinet, diplomats and notables from all over. From Hollywood, Bing Crosby sent a tie while Mae West and Shirley Temple contributed parts of dresses. Former Emperor Haile Selassie's neckties and a linen of Windsor are also included on the quilt. Diapers from the Dionne Quintuplets are also prominently displayed."
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    What an accomplishment! I wonder what happened to it?

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    Hopefully it is in a museum somewhere. It is amazing!

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    that is amazing

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    that is very intersting.

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    Wow, that is an awesome quilt. I hope it's in a museum somewhere.

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    WOW! I hope to see it in color photo. That is fantastic beautiful job. If anyone does find it please post it so I can fully see.

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    That is really neat!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by beachlady
    Hopefully it is in a museum somewhere. It is amazing!
    yes, that's what I was thinking it must be in a museum right?

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    The pieces that were used from the famous people were embroidered with the name of who donated it. If you look close enough you can see neckties from Hoover, Roosevelt, the Mae West dress piece is beside the ladies head with the leaf on it.

    Amelia Earhart has 2 "blocks" on the quilt the first one is next to Mae West's (it looks like a bird and is the wings) and the other "block" is under the couple with the gentleman sitting.

    Click on this link Coat of Many Colors to see the big image of the quilt. Then just click on the full size image and there you go.

    Billy

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    What a unique piece of history

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    Looking at the picture again, I am struck by the way "ordinary everyday America" is captured in the details of the room, faces and clothes of those in the picture.

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    That is an awesome quilt, so much history stitched into it!!! Thank you for sharing this with us. I was amazed at the detail when you look at the full sized image :D:D:D

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    Very interesting!! Thanks for sharing.

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    Thanks for posting...very interesting.

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    I found this information and thought it to be interesting...

    Historical Crazy Quilt on Display
    Submitted by Evanston History Center on Thu, 01/13/2011 - 12:13pm.

    The Ethel Sampson Historical Crazy Quilt is in the collection of the Evanston History Center in Evanston, Illinois. Ethel Sampson spent most of her time making this quilt in Evanston and it was donated to the institution in the 1960s by her family after she died. The quilt is a really fantastic piece of work, that captures the history of celebrities and the culture of her time. The quilt will be going on display for the first time on May 6, 2011.

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    Fascinating! Thanks for posting.

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    I would love to see it in person.

    Billy

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    Wow thanks for posting that Billy and yes that would be so
    nice to see in person, what a true treasure that is :-D

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