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Boag Ribboncraft, Boag, Inc., and Boag Studios Story

Book 5

Susan Wildemuth, Atkinson, IL

Boag Quilt Catalogs

 

     Quilt ephemera and Quilt Kit collectors take note the author has found three vintage quilt catalogs associated with Boag quilts and one reproduction. 

 

1.  Quilts. Julia Fischer Force. Boag. Walworth, Wisconsin: Mary A. McElwain Quilt Shop, 1933-1935. Unpaged.

This book is interesting for many reasons:

  • The NRA Eagle symbol on the lower right hand corner helps date this catalog to the period 1933-1935.

  •  If you pealed back the Mary A. McElwain Quilt Shop label you would find Julia Fischer Force printed directly on the cover of this catalog. 

  • If you look in the interior each design is labeled with a number and the name Julia Fischer Force.  Interior cover even states this is the Julia Fischer Force quilt line. Special Note: George R. Boag created the Julia Fischer Force persona to sell his products.

  • There are also designs with the name Boag associated with them – some with just Boag and some with Boag 1933.

  • There is also a pattern with written underneath it that mentions HWP (Henry W. Porter) and Nonnie (Ellen Boag Porter).

  • Note on the cover “A Thing of Beauty is a Joy Forever.” is a direct quote from Marie Webster literature with no citation given to Marie Webster for having borrowed it.

  • This catalog is black and white.

 

2.  Quilts by Boag: The Most Authentic Quilt Line in America. Elgin, Illinois: Boag, n.d.. 42 pages. 

  • This catalog is undated. There are items in this Boag catalog that are also in Early American Fingercraft by Virginia Snow – Book 37. Virginia Snow Studios, Elgin, Illinois.  The names and the item numbers are the same:  Pilgrim Star Spread – No. 1354, Pilgrim’s Star Pillow – No. 1355, and Priscilla Alden pillow – No. 1356.  What does this mean? This is a Collingbourne Mills Catalog, but since it is officially a Collingbourne Mills catalog and not a Boag produced catalog and items in this catalog also appear in another Collingbourne Mills book it is safe to date this book between 1933 and 1939.

  • Take special note of the cover on this catalog and you will see the Boag trademark rose on each side of the quilting lady. You will also find the Boag trademark rose centered on the back cover

  • The catalog cover is in color.

  • This catalog’s interior is similar in appearance to the Mary A. McElwain catalog with similar patterns mixed in with new ones and the absence of Julia Fischer Force’s name anywhere in the catalog.

 

3.  From Boag Studio: Quilts Book 46.  Elgin, Illinois: Collingbourne Mills, Inc., n.d.. 24 Pages 

  • This catalog is undated, but it does state Division of Collingbourne Mills, Inc. on the cover – This narrows the date between 1924 and 1939.  The date can be narrowed down even further than that because Boag Ribboncraft which morphed into Boag, Incorporated ceased to be in 1933 so that brings the date somewhere between 1933 and 1939.  We can narrow the date even further than that when we know that George R. Boag did not sell the Boag Company and officially become a part of Collingbourne Mills, Inc. until 1936 so that safely narrows the date to 1935 and 1939.

  • This catalog is similar in appearance to the Mary A. McElwain catalog with similar patterns mixed in with new ones and the absence of Julia Fischer Force’s name anywhere in the catalog.

  • This catalog’s interior is similar in appearance to the Quilts by Boag catalog with similar patterns mixed in with new ones.

  • This catalog is black and white.

 

4.  Quilts by Boag: The most Authentic Quilt Line in America. Elgin, Illinois: Boag. n.d. Reprint: Shelburne, Vermont: Hearthside Quilts and Supplies, 1985. 42 pages.

 

  • This catalog is a 1985 reprint of the Quilts by Boag catalog. In 1985, you could obtain a copy of this catalog from Hearthside Quilts and Supplies, Box 429 Route 6, Shelburne, Vermont 05482-0429.  In 2008, you can obtain a copy of this catalog for $6.00 from Hearthside Quilts, 90 Mechanicsville Road, P.O. Box 610, Hinesburg, Vermont  05461.

  • You can tell the difference between an original and the reprint by opening the book to the inside cover.  In the lower left hand corner Hearthside Quilts and Supplies state that this is a 1985 reprint of a 1930s catalog. Note the Hearthside Quilts 1985 address is different from the 2008 address.

  • This catalog’s cover is in color.

Special Note

There were also Boag Ribboncraft Company Catalog(s) when the company was in River Forest, Illinois and owned by Ellen Roak Boag Porter, but the author has only seen one on E-Bay.

Special Note

The author would appreciate anyone who has additional Boag books, booklets, or leaflets in their collection, designer information, or photographs to contact her at quiltingbee73@yahoo.com or Susan Wildemuth, 18621 US Highway 6, Atkinson, Illinois  61235.

 

Source Information:

From Boag Studio: Quilts Book 46.  Elgin, Illinois: Collingbourne Mills, Inc., n.d.. 24 Pages

Quilts by Boag: The Most Authentic Quilt Line in America. Elgin, Illinois: Boag, n.d.. 42 pages.

Quilts by Boag: The most Authentic Quilt Line in America. Elgin, Illinois: Boag. n.d. Reprint: Shelburne, Vermont: Hearthside Quilts and Supplies, 1985. 42 pages.

Quilts. Julia Fischer Force. Boag. Walworth, Wisconsin: Mary A. McElwain Quilt Shop, 1933-1935. Unpaged.

 

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