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Oklahoma W.P.A. quilt

Oklahoma W.P.A. Quilt
Oklahoma W.P.A. Quilters group
Oklahoma City, OK
1932
Cotton
74” x 93”
MSUM 2011:140.1
Photo by Pearl Yee Wong, all rights reserved Michigan StateUniversity Museum

W.P.A. (Works Progress Administration)
Sampler Quilt signed by different crews in central Oklahoma. 14,000 quilts and 5000 comforters were produced in the W.P.A. sewing rooms. The W.P.A. paid the women 50 cents/day to quilt and the men $1/day for construction and road building. A man with a mule team received $2/day according to author Marjorie Barton in Leaning on a Legacy, The WPA in Oklahoma. This quilt was from the Oklahoma City estate of Nellie (Mrs. Leon Townsend) youngest of 13 children born in 1907. Leon was born in 1903 and his family homesteaded where Will Rogers Airport currently is in Oklahoma City. Leon’s sister was a famous doll maker and collector.

Row 1, block A: 22.
Row 1, block B: Crew 19.
Row 1, block C: Crew no.
Row 1, block D: PURCELL Mclain county
Row 2, block A: Crew 4.
Row 2, block B: Crew 25.
Row 2, block C: Lexington.
Row 2, block D: Crew No. 6.
Row 3, block A: Norman.
Row 3, block B: Crew Twenty eight.
In the sashing: Quilted by Crew 3.
Row 3, block C: Blanchard, McGlain County.
Row 3, block D: Crew 2.
Row 4, block A: Crew 21.
Row 4, block B: Crew 17 Bethany.
Row 4, block C: Crew Number Nine
Row 4, block D: Crew 7.
Row 5, block A: Crew No. 18, Edmond, Okla.
Row 5, block B: Crew 10.
Row 5, block C: No. 16 1936.
Row 5, block D: CREW TWENTY.


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