This unusual quilt is clearly an expression of partisan political support. All of the fabrics in the central pieced diamond bear a stamped design that includes a sunflower, an elephant (symbol of the Republican party since 1874), and the names of the 1936 Republican presidential and vice-presidential candidates: Landon and Knox. The sunflower is the Kansas state flower and Alf Landon was a Kansas native. Not only was the maker practicing a time honored means of expression, but she designed it to match the abstract, modernist aesthetic of her day.

Title: 
Landon/Knox Quilt
Maker: 
Maker unknown
Circa
1936
Possibly made in
Kansas
United States
83
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IQSCM, Ardis and Robert James Collection
1997.007.0488