I love thinking about what I might photograph for Thursdays. Today I was working in my sewing room and decided that I wanted to show some of my feed sacks and related stuff.
For those of you who may not know what a feed sack is ....
Feed sacks came about in the early 1900's as a off white colored onasburg sack for carrying dry goods such as seed,fruit,flour,sugar etc. As manufactures noticed the women who had access to these bags began reusing them for everything from towels to underwear (remember we were in the never waste anything era of time) they began to manufacture the bags in prints for use by homemakers. I started collecting them to use in quilting.
It was this quilt that got the whole thing started for me. In the process of collecting enough feed sack prints to make the 1600 leaves on this quilt I met the "feed sack lady " of the time and joined a club she ran for collectors.
This was a wining quilt from the 1930 Chicago Fair.
Yes in fact mine is in progress and has been for several years.
Well it just multiplied from there. I now house over 600 sacks and various related objects. This may be an ongoing vintage post.
As you can see they came in different color ways of the same print.
This is an example of how they would of come to use for a flour towel. remove the string that held the bag closed add a seam all the way around and you have a great cotton towel.
Here are a few from my collection of those with labels.This is an example from 1940's where a kitchen knife came inside with the product.
This is a example of two things. First the bag was pieced together. As the run of fabric was done they just added another on at that point and still made a bag out of it. It is also considered a novelty fabric as it has characters on it.
This is an example of a geometric. It also has the manufacture on the label. Chase was a major mill which manufactured bags.
I didn't realize how much time this would take just to get this much posted. There is so much more I want to show. Stayed tuned for next week and I will post more of the different types of prints available. Be sure and visit The Colorado Lady for more vintage finds.
Enjoy your day.