"It did take some time for the feed and flour sack manufacturers to realize how popular these sacks had become with women, but finally they saw that this was an opportunity for promoting the use of fabric feedsacks. Their first change was to start selling them in colors, and then in the 1920's began making them with colorful patterns for making dresses, aprons, shirts and children’s clothing."

"It did take some time for the feed and flour sack manufacturers to realize how popular these sacks had become with women, but finally they saw that this was an opportunity for promoting the use of fabric feedsacks. Their first change was to start selling them in colors, and then in the 1920's began making them with colorful patterns for making dresses, aprons, shirts and children’s clothing."

Oklahoma Dust Bowl  SD -- this is part and parcel the history and heritage of my family. I was shocked to learn from the Ken Burns special this disaster was completely man-made. The center of this country so very easily could have ended as the Sahara dessert of the New World.

Oklahoma Dust Bowl SD -- this is part and parcel the history and heritage of my family. I was shocked to learn from the Ken Burns special this disaster was completely man-made. The center of this country so very easily could have ended as the Sahara dessert of the New World.

Mother and children living along US Route 70, TN 1936; Library of Congress FSA/OWI photograph collection

Mother and children living along US Route 70, TN 1936; Library of Congress FSA/OWI photograph collection

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My 85 year old mom tells about wearing dresses made from feed sack material in the 1930s. People think that sounds terribly quaint, but it was...

My 85 year old mom tells about wearing dresses made from feed sack material in the 1930s. People think that sounds terribly quaint, but it was...

Welcome to Kit's World, 1934 : Growing Up During America's Great Depression (The American Girls Collection)

Kit Kittredge an American Girl

Welcome to Kit's World, 1934 : Growing Up During America's Great Depression (The American Girls Collection)

FSA borrower who lives in La Vallee, St. Croix island, Virgin Islands. Photo by Jack Delano

FSA borrower who lives in La Vallee, St. Croix island, Virgin Islands. Photo by Jack Delano

In times gone by, amidst widespread poverty, the Flour Mills realized that some women were using sacks to make clothes for their children. In response, the Flour Mills started using flowered fabric...

In times gone by, amidst widespread poverty, the Flour Mills realized that some women were using sacks to make clothes for their children. In response, the Flour Mills started using flowered fabric...

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