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Entertainment and quilting exhibits now at Tupelo museum

Reported by: Robert Byers
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Updated: 9/05/2013 1:34 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) — A private collection of entertainment-based lithographs are on loan to the Oren Dunn City Museum in Tupelo.

The exhibit is called "The Art of Entertainment."

It features posters of circus performances, magic acts, and big screen movies that date back to the early to mid-1900's.

Rae Mathis with the Oren Dunn City Museum said, "Tupelo native Bob Kinney and his wife had a magic act. They would go around on a circuit and do their shows. They acquired some of the posters through their acquaintances. Some of them Bob purchased and had restored."

Unlike today's entertainment posters that are made with a click or two on a computer, these posters often required a lot of detailed work.

Mathis said, "There is one circus poster I'm told that would've gone through several phases. One artist would put together the perspective. Another artist would put together the color. It wasn't something they would just zip, zip and have done in a day."

Also on display at the museum is a quilt collection.

It's called "Quilts Revisited."

The exhibit includes about a dozen of the museum's own quilts that offer visitors details about the history of the quilts' patterns.

An example is a quilt with a star pattern.

Della Lentz with Oren Dunn City Museum said, "In my research I found that a lot of people would purposely sew in mistakes because they viewed the star as a religious symbol. They would sew in the mistake because they believed that only God could create something perfect."

Other patterns on display are believed to have ties to the underground railroad, pioneer days and more.
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