Monday, August 2, 2010

Vintage NRA (National Recovery Administration) Blue Eagle Quilt Photograph is Uncovered

NRA Blue Eagle Quilt Photograph
Ida (Hall) Moorer

This treasure was waiting for me when I walked down our lane to get our mail at noon today.

It is a photograph of a NRA Blue Eagle Quilt that has found its way to me all the way from Nacogdoches, Texas via some side-stops along the way. I’m just in the beginning stages of researching this quilt.

The things I do know:

• I know Ida (Hall) Moorer made it. (Yes that is Moorer not Moore)
• I know this photograph is dated 1934.
• I know this quilt was made to honor the NRA.
• The Blue Eagle Campaign was only in existence from 1933 to 1935 when it was declared unconstitutional.
• I know this quilt was sent to Franklin Roosevelt.
• I know this quilt was created in Nacogdoches, Texas.
• I know the quilt is not at the FDR Presidential Museum and Library.

The thing I don’t know:

• I do not know the “oral” history behind this quilt, but I’m working on that.
• I do not know where the quilt is today so……

If you recognize this quilt from a private collection, historical society, or a museum, PLEASE e-mail me and let me know where “she” is at. My e-mail address is

There are two NRA (National Recovery Administration) Blue Eagle quilts at the FDR Presidential Museum and Library, there is one, possibly two in private collections (still researching that one too), and there is one in a West Virginia Museum. I know there are more out there that have not surfaced. If anyone knows of any other NRA quilts in existence, please contact me with that information too.