"Well, the chicken feed usually came in a patterned material, and the ladies liked to sew at the time. There was not to much buying of clothes in the clothing department. They were all home-made. So, that's mainly where the patterns came from, from chicken feed sacks, flour sacks I believe. Flour sacks came from the same item. It was another sales incentive. They wanted to sell flour. And if the ladies would like [the companies] to put patterns on the sacks, sure, that would be the incentive to buy more feed. And it was always probably hard to get the next pattern. The next time you went in to buy a sack of feed, you couldn't get the same pattern. So, you had two patterns on the same dress, maybe? I don't know."

Herman Goertzen on Clothes out of Flour Sacks


Other Excerpts from Herman Goertzen's Interview:

Tractor Tires
Agricultural Innovations
Saving Everything
Town Picnics
Dust Bowls