National Park Quilts

National Park Service Centennial 1916-2016

June 3rd, 2015

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Olde America Antiques and American Quilt Blocks celebrates the National Park Service Centennial, 1916-2016. There are special quilt blocks and sets of quilt blocks we have developed to pay tribute to the NPS Centennial. Our business specializes in national park quilt blocks. We have developed about 1,000 quilt blocks for more than 50 different national parks and monuments up to this point and are adding new quilt blocks for other National Park Service locations each year.

Consider creating a special quilt to pay tribute to the National Park Service Centennial. We offer free patterns for wall hangings, quilt maps, tote bags, hot pads, ornaments, pillows and fabric postcards. You can choose quilt blocks from more than 50 national parks and monuments on our web sites, including more than 50 specialty quilt blocks designed specifically for the National Park Service Centennial by Susan Davis. Quilts and other quilted articles made for the NPS Centennial will persevere and be a symbol of the popularity of the National Park System and all that it stands for. These quilts will be a legacy that will endure into the future.

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Susan Davis – Designer

June 3rd, 2015

Susan Davis, owner of Olde America Antiques and American Quilt Blocks, has designed a series of quilt blocks for the national parks and the National Park Service. These are the first and only quilt blocks designed specifically for the National Park Service. These original quilt blocks are new to the quilting hobby and are based on traditional “Star” quilt patterns. Each quilt block is unique with a distinct color combination, the name of the park, the year the park was established, and a coordinating border to enhance the overall design. The American Arts and Crafts movement, circa 1897 through the 1920s, was an important influence of the style of these designs.

Susan has a background in design and was a founding member of the Montana Historic Quilt Project in 1987. Susan and her husband, Jack, founded Olde America Antiques in 1988, with a focus on antique postcards and ephemera. This business morphed into American Quilt Blocks, a fine art printing company that specializes in printing on cloth, with an emphasis on national parks. Susan wanted to reproduce images on cloth for quilters for years, but the technology for 8-color printing on cloth was not developed until 2005. Susan and Jack were among the first to produce genuine 8-color giclee prints on cloth.

About National Park Quilts

June 3rd, 2015

National Park Quilts specializes in historic images of national parks and monuments printed on cloth for quilters. The antique images are from the collection of Susan and Jack Davis. There are more than 800 sets and 4,000 single quilt blocks offered for sale on this web site and more are being added as time allows. Quilt blocks are available in different sizes and in sets. All sets include a free pattern for a variety of quilted items such as wall hangings, tote bags, table runners, hot pads, ornaments, pillows, fabric postcards and quilt maps.

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A Brief History of Postcards

June 1st, 2015

Many of the quilt blocks we produce are reproductions of vintage postcards. These postcards date circa 1898 through the 1930s. Susan and I were antique postcard collectors and dealers and accumulated an extensive collection of early postcards over the years, with a focus on the national parks. Yellowstone National Park was the main subject matter of our collecting in the beginning, but our interests soon included all national parks. We are experts on national park postcards and our personal collection of more than 10,000 Yellowstone National Park postcards is part of the archives of the Heritage and Research Center in Gardiner, Montana. This article will discuss the history of postcards. We will be writing more articles about national park images and collectibles as time permits. Please let us know if there are any specific topics you would like for us to address.

The history of postcards is closely associated with the history of printing, and the history of the postal system. We will discuss these two subjects and how they relate to the production of postcards in general. In the next article in this series we will go into a more comprehensive discussion of national park postcards in particular.

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History of the National Park Service

June 3rd, 2015

National Park Service Centennial 1916 – 2016

The National Park Service was established The Organic Act on August 25, 1916. The Organic Act states that the purpose of the National Park Service is “to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.”

The new National Park Service authorized the use of motorized transportation in the national parks. Prior to that horse-drawn transportation was the main form of transportation in the national parks. Prior to 1916 the tourists who visited the national parks were primarily wealthy travelers who were referred to as “The Carriage Class.” They traveled to the national parks on the railways and toured the parks in buggies and stagecoaches.

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The Organic Act

June 3rd, 2015

By the Act of March 1, 1872, Congress established Yellowstone National Park in the Territories of Montana and Wyoming “as a public park or pleasuring-ground for the benefit and enjoyment of the people” and placed it “under exclusive control of the Secretary of the Interior.” The founding of Yellowstone National Park began a worldwide national park movement. Today more than 100 nations contain some 1,200 national parks or equivalent preserves.

In the years following the establishment of Yellowstone, the United States authorized additional national parks and monuments, many of them carved from the federal lands of the West. These, also, were administered by the Department of the Interior, while other monuments and natural and historical areas were administered by the War Department and the Forest Service of the Department of Agriculture. No single agency provided unified management of the varied federal parklands.

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Early Newsletters

June 2nd, 2015

These are newsletters written for trade shows during the early years of our business. They contain miscellaneous general information in regard to paper ephemera and the collection of vintage imagery.

2011 Newsletter

2013 Newsletter #1

2013 Newsletter #2

2014 Newsletter #1

2014 Newsletter #2