Miami drive-ins and string quilts.

On this day in 1938, Miami, Florida received its first drive-in theater. Admission was 35 cents per person, 10 cents pricier than the very first drive-in in Camden, New Jersey, which opened June 6, 1933.

Mittie Young Shaw made this String Quilt in Miami, Florida. The Wyoming Quilt Project documentation entered for this quilt estimates the date to be around 1954 “because of the fabrics, which are 1950s home decorating fabrics, the date on the newspaper ad on the foundation, and the car styles and hair styles shown in the newspaper pictures.” The owner of the quilt is Shaw’s great grandson and he wrote of her, “[she] lived through the depression years and raised her three grandchildren after her daughter died–never wasted anything–thus this scrap quilt.”

View this quilt on The Quilt Index to find out! Read more about its history, design and construction. Be sure to use the zoom tool for a detailed view or click the “See full record” link to see a larger image and all the data entered about that quilt.


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Posted by Amy E. Milne
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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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