The Iowa City journalist Edwin B. Green collected numerous clippings, magazine advertisements, novelty T-shirts, liquor bottles, and many other items all playfully inspired by Grant Wood's most famous painting, "American Gothic." Green was a close friend of the artist's sister Nan and often exchanged new cards and clippings with her (knock-offs as he referred to them) as he found them. Both collected parodies beginning in the 1940s-50s up until the 1980s. Green's collection is the foundation of the Figge's American Gothic Parody Collection. Additional items such as the TIME Magazine cover, "Everybody's Hip" from 1994 were added since by Davenport Museum of Art curatorial staff from the late 1980s through most of the 1990s. Other objects, such as the home made "knock-offs" with family members posed in the American Gothic style were sent to the museum unsolicited. The museum retained these too and added them to the collection. Of course, many more parodies have appeared in print and in film since.