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Family With Stuffed Alligator

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quilt blockby Bonnie Dubbin Askowitz

Photo transfer, Seminole piecing, machine appliqué

The photograph in this block is of the quilter's mother, Ruth Zion Dubbin, and a family friend. It was taken in 1912 when "Miami was still wild." Just the year before, 1911, Ruth Zion Dubbin was only four years old when she came to Miami from New York with her parents Morris and Clara Zion. They ran a dry good stores on the corner of East 2nd Street and Miami Avenue. Ms. Askowitz used animal print fabric in its art nouveau shape to represent early Miami's abundant plants and animals. Seminole piecing represents "the people who were here before the settlers and the strips represent the railroad that brought my family to Miami."

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