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ROCK ISLAND, ILLINOIS

 

Modern Woodmen of America

Publication Building

Rock Island, Illinois

1909

Home of

THE MODERN WOODMAN MAGAZINE

F.O. Van Galder, Editor

(Parks-Wildemuth Collection)

 

MODERN WOODMAN PATTERN SERVICE

By Susan Wildemuth – Atkinson, Illinois

The Modern Woodman was a member publication of a fraternal organization with a popular insurance plan. The auxiliary, or women's group, of the company was known as--and still is active as--the Royal Neighbors of America.  F.O. Van Galder was editor of the publication and Mrs. Florence T. Van Galder was the Woman's Page Editor

 

The company had a pattern service which was featured in their company publication entitled THE MODERN WOODMAN.  

THE MODERN WOODMAN Magazine

March 1932

(Parks-Wildemuth Collection)

This ephemera, a quilt pattern ad from their publication, came to me “as is” in a quilt pattern lot. The patterns were not produced by in-house designers, but were products of other companies such as McKim Studios and Aunt Martha. In the artifact below the quilt patterns were furnished by Aunt Martha.

 

 

 

“My Favorite Quilt Pattern”

By

Aunt Martha

Quilt Department – The Modern Woodman

Rock Island, Illinois

Page 15

(Parks-Wildemuth Collection)

Quilt patterns were obtained by writing: Quilt Department – The Modern Woodman,

318 Sixteenth Street, Rock Island and sending coin or money order (stamps were not accepted, as payment). Customers were told to allow a week for delivery.

Special Note:

The University of Illinois Library in Champaign-Urbana has the most comprehensive collection of THE MODERN WOODMAN Magazines

in a public collection in the State of Illinois. 

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