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Flour Sack

ca. 1940
Origin: America, Texas
OW: 10 1/2 in.; OH: 17 3/4 in.
Cotton with paper label
Gift of Carol Harrison
Acc. No. 2017.1004.1
This is a rectangular flour sack with rounded corners at the base. The sack is constructed with a fold on one side and seamed on the other and at base. The opening at the top is an unhemmed selvage. The sack is made up of printed yellow cotton in a pattern of tiny red rosebuds and weraths of tiny blue flowers. A pasted white paper label on the front is printed in red, blue, white, and yellow and contains the words: "10 Lbs. Net / Gold Chain / Enriched BLEACHED FLOUR" and an image of an adorable smiling white baby. The label measures OW: 7" x OH: 11".
Label:The recycling of four, sugar, and animal feed sacks during the 1920s to the 1960s was a common practice in the United Sates by both urban and rural folk. The cotton material from the sacks was used in clothing and household furnishing textiles, including quilts.
Inscription(s):From the top the paper label pasted to front of flour sack reads:
"SHIPPING BAG GUAREANTEED BY/ ERWIN MANUYFACTURING CO."
"EMCO PRINTS"
"10 Lbs. Net"
"Gold Chain"
"Enriched FLOUR/Bleached"
"Gold Chain" on side of bag
"Gold Chain" on side of bag
"You'll appreciate the difference!"
Enriched ENRICHED FLOUR/ 8 oz. of enriched flour contain not less than the following/ proportions of the minimum daily requirements of Vitamin/ B, 100%, Riboflavin 30%, Iron 65, and 8 mg. of Niacin."
"MANUFACTURED BY/ UNIVERSAL MILLS/ FORT WORTH, TEXAS"