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    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

  • Sue & Billy Walker

    Old Photos: Kansas Wheat. I read that 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. I also read that the label would wash out. Awesome. I remember flour sack dresses!

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Contrary to what some people believe I don't own the idea of posting old photos from the Life Magazine Archives, but I do enjoy doing it, so here comes another set. These are combined under the tag Kansas Wheat and where taken in 1939. Some of the faces on these photos look like there were taken straight out of some Jimmy Stewart movie. Here is a page about the flour sack dresses.

When they realized women were using their sacks to make clothes for their children, flour mills started using flowered fabric for their sacks. The label was designed to wash out.

1939, Kansas: During the Great Depression, flour companies became aware that poor families were using the industry's cotton sacks to make clothing. In response, they printed the sacks with attractive textile patterns in a permanent dye, and the flour company's information in a temporary dye that would easily wash out of any clothes made from them.

Flour sack fashion during depression era.

Feed sack dress (This look is much nicer than the garbage on the racks in Department stores these days. Designers.....get with the program! Stop patting yourselves on the back for the "Ultimate Ugly" look! --bw)

"grandfather and great grandfather during the US Great Depression"

Nice idea for using that old feed sack fabric

War to Prevent Southern Independence era children- the father is absent because he was killed in battle at Cold Harbor by Lincoln's Army. The mother was murdered by Sherman's men. So sad. And all to enforce the Morrill tariff act against the south.

Isaac and Rosa 1863. Rosa is mixed race ancestry. Both were former slaves. Historic photos of "white" slaves

Photograph of an unknown man during the Depression, circa 1932