U.S. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

A quilt with Bing Crosby’s tie

How popular was Bing Crosby? Try this 1937 photo: "Joseph's coat of many colors had nothing on this unique quilt which is now being completed by Mrs. Ethel Sampson of Evanston, Ill., after six years of collecting. Parts of wearing apparel from President [Franklin] Roosevelt, Mrs. [Eleanor] Roosevelt, members of the Cabinet, diplomats and notables from all over. From Hollywood Bing Crosby sent a tie while Mae West and Shirley Temple contributed parts of dresses. Former Emperor Haile Selassie's neckties and a linen of Winsor [sic], are also included on the quilt. Diapers from the Dionne Quintuplets are also prominently displayed." The photo is now part of the Harris & Ewing Collection at the U.S. Library of Congress.

See our biography of Bing Crosby