Road to Recovery.

On this day in 1908, William Durant created General Motors in New Jersey. Durant, a high school dropout, made his fortune building horse-drawn carriages and hated the noisy, smelly and dangerous automobile. Despite this lack of passion, his company dominated the American auto industry for decades. Durant went bankrupt during the Great Depression and spent his final years managing a bowling alley in Flint, Michigan.

Hungarian immigrant and award-winning quilter Mary Gasperik made this original quilt, “Road to Recovery,” for a contest commemorating the 1939 New York World’s Fair, titled “Better Living in the World of Tomorrow.” The theme of the fair was transportation, perhaps explaining Gasperik’s decision to depict a road with a traveling car.  Gasperik’s quilts were dispersed among her descendants, and grand-daughter Susan Salser spearheaded the work of documenting and sharing the Gasperik Collection on The Quilt Index.

View this quilt on The Quilt Index to read more about its history, design and construction. Be sure to use the zoom tool for a detailed view.


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Posted by Amy E. Milne
Executive Director, Quilt Alliance

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About quiltalliance

The Quilt Alliance is a nonprofit 501c3 organization established in 1993 whose mission is to document, preserve, and share our International quilt heritage by collecting the rich stories that historic and contemporary quilts, and their makers, tell about our nation's diverse peoples and their communities. In support of this mission, the Alliance brings together quilt makers and designers, the quilt industry, quilt scholars and teachers, and quilt collectors to further the following goals: To promote the understanding of the quilt as an important grassroots art form. To make information about quilts available to a broad public. To educate the public about the importance of documenting quilts and quiltmakers so that their stories will not be lost.

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