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Wool Bed
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Title: Wool Bed
Identifier: T.60.70
Donor: Margaret Lawrence
Item Date: 1890-1930
Creation Date: 2008
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: A cotton plaid quilt with woven wool backing. The stitching is on a light sand coloured wool backing that runs diagonally and vertically. The plaid front is made up of broad, light blue-grey stripes. The base colour is predominantly an off-white colour. There are small tufts of red and white wool sewn, like small pompoms, in each blue-grey square that they overlap. The cotton front is sewn to the backing with red wool. The filling is raw wool.

History: Wool Beds, also referred to as quilts, puffs or comforters, are made of large pieces of wool or cotton batting sandwiched by two pieces of material that were tied or quilted loosely with large stitches. Margaret Helen Lawrence (née Gray) was born on June 18, 1914 in Toronto. She graduated as a dietician in 1938 and that same year married her husband Bill Lawrence. Bill and Margaret settled in Port Credit in 1950 and together raised four children; three boys and one girl. Between the years of 1962 and 1964, Margaret served as Port Credit’s representative on the South Peel Board of Education. In 1968 she became the secretary for the Toronto Township Historical Foundation and remained a board member until 1988. Margaret was also an active member of the Mississauga South Historical Society and a volunteer for the Mormon Genealogical Library in Mississauga; she passed away on September 12, 1998.
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