Road to Recovery - Pictorial Panel


Quilt Index Record: 48-7C-C

a Essay Historical Background

description
Here Gasperik showcases her command of appliqué, embroidery and quilting skills. Although the components are somewhat out of scale, the pictorial design has the feel of a naive folk art painting and represents her first original design.

Administrative Fields

InstNameF003
Gasperik Collection
InstProjNameF003a
Mary Gasperik Private Collection
InstInvContrNumF004
066b

Information source fields

IdentPersonF006
Author/researcher
Blood relative of quiltmaker
SourceOtherF006a
Sister of quilt owner
RelnQuiltF007
Other
IfOtherF007d
Grand-daughter Susan Salser began this research effort in 1991, after she and her two sisters divided up the quilts which belonged to their mother (Elsie Gasperik Krueger) who died in 1988. Her ongoing research has been fruitful and interesting.

Overall Quilt Description

TypeObjF008
Finished quilt
QuiltTitleF009
Road to Recovery - Pictorial Panel
OwnerNameF010
Road to Recovery
AltNameF011
New York World's Fair Quilt
OverallWidthF12a
78 inches
OverallLengthF012b
95 inches
ShapeEdgeF013
Other
OtherShapeEdgeF013a
Scalloped right and left sides; straight edges at top and bottom.
ShapeCornersF013b
Straight
PredomColorsF014
Beige or Tan
Brown
Cream
Green
OverallColorF14b
Bright or primary colors
TypeInscripF019
Message
ContInscripF020
Quilted inscriptions bottom to top read: CHICAGO, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, culminating at the top with NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR 1939. Road signs pointing the way read: "Road to Recovery" and "New York City."
MethodInscripF021
Embroidery
In the quilting
LocInscripF022
multiple locations
DateQuiltF023
1930-1949
DateBegunF023a
1939 (contest was announced in Good Housekeeping, January 1939, on page 61).
DateFinishF023b
1939 (quilts had to be submitted by May 1, 1939)
FamDateF023c
1939
OtherExDateF023d
1939
OtherDateF023e
Merikay Waldvogel
DateInfoF023f
Quilt made for a contest related to the 1939 New York World's Fair.

Quilt top description

LayFormatF024
Vertical bands
SubjQuiltF025
1939 New York World's Fair
NumBordersF033
2

Quilt top materials and construction

FiberTypesF035
Cotton
FabPrintF037
Print
Solid/plain
ConstrucF038b
Hand Applique
EmbellTechF038f
Yes
ConstrucF038g
Embroidery
PaperF038i
no

Quilt back materials and construction

FabFiberTypesF040
Cotton
ColorBackingF040b
Beige or Tan
DescBackF043
Solid/plain

Quilt binding

MatUsedF044
Cotton
ConstrucBindF046
Bias grain
WidthBindF047
less than a half inch

Quilt batting

MatUsedF048
Cotton

Quilting description

QuiltTechF049
Hand quilting
ThrTypeF049a
cotton
ThrColorF049b
off white
KnotsF051b
no
DesignF052a
Clamshell
Elbow/fan
Grid square
Single parallel lines
Other
DesignF052b
Other
DesignF052c
Grid/crosshatch
Parallel lines
Other
DesignF052d
Swags, fan-shaped radiating lines, and feather-filled vases used in in side borders. Years and world's fair name also quilted in.

Quiltmaker identification

QuiltTopF054
Gasperik, Mary
QuiltedByF055
Gasperik, Mary

Quilt provenance

LocMadeF057a
Chicago
ProvCountyF057b
Cook County
ProvStateF057d
Illinois (IL)
ProvCountryF057f
United States
ProvenanceF058a
This quilt was selected by Karen in the first round when she and her sisters Linda and Susan divided up the quilts left by their mother Elsie after she died in 1988.
QuiltHistF059
Elsie Gasperik kept and maintained the quilts her mother left behind in the East Hazelcrest house after Mary Gasperik died, in May 1969. In about 1980 she and her siblings divided up 19 quilts. This quilt was among that group and Elsie selected it. Gasperik tended to keep those quilts which she and others regarded as her finest efforts. There is some indication that she asked her daughter to approach a museum about accepting them. It was after the ensuing rejection by The Art Institute of Chicago that Elsie decided the quilts should be divided among her siblings.

Quilt purposes uses

ReasonsF060
Challenge or Contest entry
Commemorative
QDesignF060b
Artwork/wall hanging
PresUseF062
Keepsake/memento
OthPresUseF062a
Mary's grandchildren regard her quilts as a unique collection to be preserved and appreciated.

Quilt design and materials sources

SourceMatF063
Purchased new
TopSourceF064
Original to maker
OthTopSourceF064a
Mary's source of the winding path may have come from Paragon Crib quilt No. 01005 "Noah's Ark Design". She used a similar element in other quilts.
PattSourceF065
Original to maker
AddNotesF066
As already stated, there is reason to believe Gasperik consulted a Paragon kit #01005 called Noah's Ark to fashion the winding road layout which is the guiding design of this quilt. It should be noted that Gasperik used a similar winding road to design her Indians children's quilts (of which she made 7). It should also be noted that Paragon kit #01005 included patterns for 2 ponies and some elephants. Gasperik added ponies of this same size and shape to the quilts the family calls "Farmer in the Dell" (#029 and #059). Those two quilts were made from a different Paragon kit (#01013) which did not include a horse/pony pattern unit. It also appears possible to Salser that the elephant in Noah's Ark could have provided the outline for 5 elephants Gasperik quilted into Indians quilt #056. Although Gasperik never made an actual 'Noah's Ark' quilt, she evidently made good use of that Paragon kit. Susan Salser has identified the probable pattern source for one of applique elements in this quilt, the pair of robins in the lower left. They were copied from illustrations by Fern Bisel Peat published in popular books about birds printed in the early 1930s.

Exhibition history of quilt

ExhibitListF067a
At least one Tuley Park quilt show, year unknown: a exhibit slip reading "New York Worlds Fair Quilt Made by Mrs. M. Gasparik" [sic] survives. "The Quilts of Mary Gasperik", Ann Anastasio, Curator, Ravenswood Historic Site /Livermore (CA) Area Recreation & Park District, March 14-15, 1992. 8th Annual Quilters' Heritage Celebration, Patchwork Pride, Barbara Brackman curator, Lancaster, PA, April 6-9, 1995. "American Remembers: Quilting the Twentieth Century." The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum, Simi Valley, CA April 3-October 4, 1998.

Contests entered

ContestListF071a
"Better Living In The World of Tomorrow" 1939 contest sponsored by Good Housekeeping in conjunction with Macy's Dept Store in New York and the New York World's Fair.

Quilt ownership and contact info

OwnershipF082
Private
OwnerNameF082a
Karen Krueger Finn
OwnerCountryF086b
United States

Other source materials available for this quilt

RelItemsF088a
Color photo (dated June 1968) of Mary Gasperik, daughter Elsie Krueger and great-grandson Andy Finn with this quilt. Gasperik is pointing to herself depicted as the woman sitting beside the Road to Recovery. Gasperik's story of this quilt, handwritten in Hungarian, collection of Kaen Krueger Finn. Handwritten and typed translations from Hungarian to English by Elsie Krueger of Gasperik's written explanation. Entitled "History of the Quilt 'Road to Recovery'" (private collection, Karen Krueger Finn). Swatch of red print fabric (used to make this quilt), from Gasperik's own fabric collection. It even bears maple leaf cutout shape. Private collection: Karen Krueger Finn. Color photograph of this quilt featured in “One American Dream Comes True” by Merikay Waldvogel, Quilters Newsletter, March 2008, p.49.

The Bird Book: Observations of Bird Life, by Frank North Shankland. Illustrated by Fern Bisel Peat, 1931, The Saalfield Publishing Company, Akron, Ohio. Book #672. Illustration called "Robins".

Bird Neighbors, No. 2129, copyright 1936, The Saalfield Pub. Co., Akron, Ohio. Illustrations by Fern Bisel Peat, "Robins".

Quiltmaker personal information

MaidenF097b
Mihalovits, Maria
GenderF098
Female
BirthDateF099
01/25/1888
MarriageF099b
11/18/1906
DeathF100
05/25/1969
EthnicF101
Hungarian
EdBkgdF102
Elementary School
BirthplaceCountryF098d
Hungary
EnviroF104c
Rural

Quiltmaker address

StAddressF105
9314 Cottage Grove
CountyF106
Cook
CityF106a
Chicago
StateF107
Illinois (IL)
CountryF108
United States

Quiltmaker Family history

FatherNameF109
Mihalovits, Istvan
BplaceF109a
Hungary
EthBkgrndF110
Hungarian
MotherNameF111
Mihalovits, Vidoszava
BplaceF111a
Hungary
EthBkgrndF112
Hungarian
SpouseF113
Gasperik, Stephen
EthBkgrndF114
Hungarian
OccupationF115
Milk Dealer/Grocery Store Owner/Butcher
NoChildF116
3
NoFemF116a
1 (Elsie 1909-1988)
NoMaleF116b
2 (Elmer and Stephen)

Quiltmaker personal quilting history

LearnedToQuiltF117
From guild or club member
Self-Taught
WhenQuiltF118
Age 40-49
WhyQuiltF119
Pleasure
Other
OtherF119a
This quilt was designed to compete in a contest with a theme related to the 1939 New York World's Fair.

Quiltmakers Membership in quilting group

NameGroupF120
Tuley Park Quilt Club and Detroit News Quilt Club
LocGroupF121
Southside Chicago and Detroit MI
SpecialGroupF122
Chicago group met to quilt and held periodic quilt shows; Detroit group held national exhibits and contests.

Other quilts made by quiltmaker

NumQuiltsF123
more than 50
SellQuiltF127
no
TeachF129
no

Other source materials available for quiltmaker

OtherSourceMat
Barbara Brackman "Virgie Stewart & the Tuley Park Quilting Club” in Quilters' Journal #31 (1987), 14-16. Gasperik is not identified as the quiltmaker. Merikay Waldvogel and Barbara Brackman. Patchwork Souvenirs of the 1933 Chicago World's Fair (Nashville, TN: Rutledge Hill Press, 1993)102-103. Merikay Waldvogel "One American Dream Comes True" Quilters Newsletter Magazine, March 2008 46-49. The article includes a color photograph of 'Road to Recovery' properly credited to Mary Gasperik.

Image Information

InvenNumF075
66b
ImageConF075a
Quilt - Pictorial Panel
ImageTypeF076
Color
SourceF077
CD-ROM
DateF079
3
1
1992
CE
photocredit079a1
Don Gonzalez
DigDateF079a
1
2008
CE
AccessF080
Restricted
HolderF080a
Susan Salser

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Contributing Institutions
MATRIX: Center for Humane Arts, Letters and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University, Michigan State University Museum, Alliance For American Quilts
Publisher
Quilt Index
Resource Type
StillImage

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3
28
2009
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