The headline on Nancy Cabot's column for this block in the Chicago Tribune (April 19, 1934) says: "Only One Name in Quilt Realm." The design is certainly complicated enough to keep its unique identity in quiltdom forever. "Blackford's Beauty" debuted in the late 19th century Ladies Art Company Cataloue, #388. Cabot's brief notes state the following:
"This four patch block dates from the opening of the 19th century, and is constantly bobbing up in all parts of the country, always under the name, "Blackford's Beauty." That fact alone would differentiate it from scores of quilt patterns that are known by various titles."
More designs at this site, derived from the Ladies Art Company Catalogue, just to name a few, include: