|Quilt Notes: An illustration for CENTENNIAL appeared in the Nancy Cabot quilt column in The Chicago Daily Tribune on October 29, 1934, where she appended the following:
"This block was pieced in Philadelphia in 1876 during the Centennial exposition, from which it takes its name. Blue, gold and white were the colors used in the original coverlet. Patterns of this quilt design are 5 cents, stamps or coin. Address Nancy Cabot, Chicago Tribune." Barbara Brackman notes that the pattern was first distributed by the Ladies Art Company (LAC #158), published about 1895. The Centennial International Exhibition of 1876 was the first official World's Fair in the United States.
Centennial International Exhibition of 1876
Interior of Horticultural Hall, illustration from Wikipedia