Each day we bring you one stunning little glimpse of history in the form of a historical photograph. Enjoy!
I can remember going with my grandfather to select bags of chicken feed; the fabric would be used to make me a new dress. When my husband got laid off the day I found out I was pregnant with our first child, my grandmother dug up two feed sacks for me to use to make a maternity top.
I still frequent a feed store, to buy wild bird seed. I remember the "flour sack" dresses my aunt and grandmother made. I still like the fabric designs. The manufactuers would vary the fabrics in their sacks, so everyone didn't have on the identical dress!
Are those the prints that often show up in old quilts? My g grandmother, who died in 1945, made a quilt for each of her grandchildren (those born before her death--the last one was born in 1950, which confused me no end as a child, as she was my father's first cousin, but younger than my younger sister). The last quilts were made after her vision began to go. She could do the matching of patterns, but her older grandchildren, and her local daughters, helped with the actual putting together of the quilts, and the women's circle from her church did the quilting itself. My father was one of the older grandchildren and I remember his quilt--a double wedding ring pattern. He gave it to his oldest grandchild. Since my g grandfather ran a mercantile store, it's probable that many of the fabrics were from seed bags. My mother remembers dresses made from feed sacks; some of the dresses show up in family snapshots.
Very interesting store front. It looks like the name of the store is that of the owner but they feature Jazz Feeds. Usually we think of jazz as an urban phenomenon, so I was surprised to see the reference in this rural setting.