BROOKLYN was first published by Nancy Page (aka Florence La Ganke) in her syndicated column on September 29, 1936 (see clipping left). In her comments, Page states the following:
"Some nice generouos person sent me the original of the pattern i am giving you today. By some carelessness on my part it became separated from the name of the sender. The block was attached to a letter from a reader in Brooklyn, New York. I don't believe that she was the maker of the block, but on the chance that she was I am calling this interesting and exceedlingly simple pattern by the name of BROOKLYN."
Though quite simple, as Nancy Page points out, a very engaging pattern really, especially reminiscent of intersections and city streets — Page had once lived in Brooklyn in New York City. However, the design is oddly absent from a number of the compendiums, with just a few exceptions like Jinny Beyer's QUILTER'S ALBUM OF PATCHWORK PATTERNS, p.91.1. The Nancy Page quilt column (not to be confused with Nancy Cabot) was regularly published in the Birmingham News and various other newspapers.
For more placename designs, see at this site, for example:
ROAD TO TENNESSEE
ROCKY ROAD TO KANSAS
ROAD TO OKLAHOMA