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Checkered Cabs and Quilts.

On this day in 1923, the first Checker cab rolled off the assembly line at the Checker Cab Manufacturing Company in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The company with the familiar checkerboard graphic produced cabs in Michigan until 1982.

Nellie (Shea) Neal, a Methodist homemaker from Hoxie, Kansas who learned to quilt from a friend, hand pieced this 9 Patch Checkerboard quilt between 1937-38.  The quilt was documented during the Kansas Quilt Project by its current owner, Ingrid Neal, also of Hoxie.

View this quilt on The Quilt Index to read more about it’s history, design and construction. Be sure to use the zoom tool for a detailed view.

Sources:
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/checker-cab-produces-first-taxi-at-kalamazoo-factory

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Posted by Amy E. Milne
Executive Director, Quilt Alliance
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