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Letha's Electric Fan

Silver Swan Electric Fan, ca. 1935
Photo courtesy of Emerson Air Comfort Products

Letha's Electric Fan


This block was published in the Kansas City Star in 1938.

That was four years after the Emerson Co. came out with a fan called the Silver Swan. It was not only a top seller but became "a design icon," one journalist wrote.*

The layout is made of four rectangular blocks, each with a quarter-block fan, placed on a 12 x 12 grid.

*John Seabrook, "James Dyson: "Annals of Invention:
How to Make It," The New Yorker, 9/20/2010.

Twist Patchwork

Twist Patchwork

This version of Twist Patchwork is from Yvonne Khin's Collectors Dictionary of Quilt Names and Patterns.