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  • Lia Dearing-Berenguer

    1939. Kansas Wheat. When they realized women were using their sacks to make clothes for their children, the mills started using flowered fabric for their sacks so the kids would have pretty clothes. Pure kindness. The label would wash out. 'Warehouse worker wheeling colorfully printed flour sacks which housewives use to make dresses because the labels wash out, at Sunbonnet Sue flour mill.' © Time Inc.Margaret Bourke-White

  • Cassandra Scutti

    Flour mills in the 30s started using flower patterned sacks after realizing woman used them to make clothing for their children. 1939.

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