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FLOUR SACKS...WHEN BEING MATERIALISTIC HAD A WHOLE DIFFERENT MEANING...

IN THE PHOTO ABOVE,ALL OF THE GIRLS WORE DRESSES AND PANTIES MADE FROM  FLOUR SACKS


IN THAT LONG AGO TIME WHEN THINGS WERE SAVED,
WHEN ROADS WERE GRAVELED AND BARRELS WERE STAVED,
WHEN WORN-OUT CLOTHING WAS USED AS RAGS,
AND THERE WERE NO PLASTIC WRAP OR BAGS,
AND THE WELL AND THE PUMP WERE WAY OUT BACK,
A VERSATILE ITEM, WAS THE FLOUR SACK.

PILLSBURY'S BEST, MOTHER'S, AND GOLD MEDAL, TOO,
STAMPED THEIR NAMES PROUDLY IN PURPLE AND BLUE.
THE STRING SEWN ON TOP WAS PULLED AND KEPT;
THE FLOUR EMPTIED AND SPILLS WERE SWEPT.
THE BAG WAS FOLDED AND STORED IN A SACK
THAT DURABLE, PRACTICAL FLOUR SACK.

THE SACK COULD BE FILLED WITH FEATHERS AND DOWN,
FOR A PILLOW, OR T'WOULD MAKE A NICE SLEEPING GOWN.
IT COULD CARRY A BOOK AND BE A SCHOOL BAG,
OR BECOME A MAIL SACK SLUNG OVER A NAG.
IT MADE A VERY CONVENIENT PACK,
THAT ADAPTABLE, COTTON FLOUR SACK.

BLEACHED AND SEWN, IT WAS DUTIFULLY WORN
AS BIBS, DIAPERS, OR KERCHIEF ADORNED.
IT WAS MADE INTO SKIRTS, BLOUSES AND SLIPS.
AND MOM BRAIDED RUGS FROM ONE HUNDRED STRIPS
SHE MADE RUFFLED CURTAINS FOR THE HOUSE OR SHACK,
FROM THAT HUMBLE BUT TREASURED FLOUR SACK!

AS A STRAINER FOR MILK OR APPLE JUICE,
TO WAVE MEN IN, IT WAS A VERY GOOD USE,
AS A SLING FOR A SPRAINED WRIST OR A BREAK,
TO HELP MOTHER ROLL UP A JELLY CAKE,
AS A WINDOW SHADE OR TO STUFF A CRACK,
WE USED A STURDY, COMMON FLOUR SACK!

AS DISH TOWELS, EMBROIDERED OR NOT,
THEY COVERED UP DOUGH, HELPED PASS PANS SO HOT,
TIED UP DISHES FOR NEIGHBORS IN NEED,
AND FOR MEN OUT IN THE FIELD TO SEED.
THEY DRIED DISHES FROM PAN, NOT RACK
THAT ABSORBENT, HANDY FLOUR SACK!

WE POLISHED AND CLEANED STOVE AND TABLE,
SCOURED AND SCRUBBED FROM CELLAR TO GABLE,
WE DUSTED THE BUREAU AND OAK BED POST,
MADE COSTUMES FOR OCTOBER (A SCARY GHOST)
AND A PARACHUTE FOR A CAT NAMED JACK.
FROM THAT LOWLY, USEFUL OLD FLOUR SACK!

SO NOW MY FRIENDS, WHEN THEY ASK YOU
AS CURIOUS YOUNGSTERS OFTEN DO,
"BEFORE PLASTIC WRAP, ELMER'S GLUE
AND PAPER TOWELS, WHAT DID YOU DO?"
TELL THEM LOUDLY AND WITH PRIDE DON'T LACK,
"GRANDMOTHER HAD THAT WONDERFUL FLOUR SACK!"

 

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Comment by joli jewels on May 23, 2011 at 8:32pm
Why thank you Luv2LuvAntiques,I am so glad you enjoyed my blog.I received it from a friend and thought it appropriate to post here.
Comment by Luv2LuvAntiques on May 21, 2011 at 3:42am

Thank  you for posting this! I totally enjoyed it! :O)

 

Comment by joli jewels on April 24, 2011 at 11:53am

Thank you Linda,

I received this from a friend so I can not take credit.My Grandfather worked for many years in a cotton mill in a little town called Bemis,my Grandmother always had quite a stash of these fabrics and now I have some of them in my stash.I will post some photos of mine first chance I get.I am with you on the computer,we are living in a great age with so much available to us,I would not trade it for that long ago time but it is always nice to look back on and the memories are wonderful to have.Take care and thank you for the comment.

Dottie

Comment by RC Antiques on April 24, 2011 at 5:33am

I am amazed you were able to write this in this form , I absolutely love it.

Chicken mash also came in the most wonderful pattern flour sacks , the perfect size for a pillow case.

The colorful marterial of the sacks were aimed to entice the farmers wife to buy.

Although my early childhood memories of the farm are truly wonderful , I honestly do not know how I survived this world without this computer LOL

Comment by Evie-Hourglass on April 17, 2011 at 11:22am
The era you describe so artfully is before my time, but what a vivid picture you've painted for those who weren't there!
Comment by vintagerecycling on April 14, 2011 at 10:34pm
aawwww sweet!

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