Friday, November 12, 2010

feed sack


Initially these bags were plain unbleached cotton with product brands printed on them. In order for women to use these bags they first had to remove the label. Housewives used such methods as soaking the brand in kerosene or rubbing it with unsalted lard then washing it with lye soap. Later Fels-Naptha soap and Chlorine bleach were used. 2
In spite of their efforts the entire brand label didn’t always get removed and sometimes it didn't seem worth the bother especially for making undergarments. As a result there are some amusing stories regarding feedsack underwear. “One young girl was out walking with her beau when she tripped and fell. Oh, how embarrassed she was when her betrothed noticed her underdrawers imprinted with 'southern best'! Another story was about a woman who made her husband's drawers from a flour sack and left the words 'self rising' on the cloth.”
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3 comments:

Margie's Musings said...

How funny!

My mom always made us girl's dresses out of chicken feed sacks. They had such pretty prints.

Donna said...

I notice Feedjit has moved me now from Warrensburg, Missouri to California, Missouri.

Judy said...

This is hilarious! Have a good weekend.