this from Jennifer H. –Thought you might enjoy—Do you remember them?
1930's,40's +50's Flour
BY COLLEEN B.
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 PLASTIC BAGS, AND THE OUTHOUSE
& WELL WERE WAY OUT BACK, A VERSATILE ITEM, WAS THE FLOUR
PILLSBURY'S BEST, MOTHER'S, AND GOLD MEDAL,
TOO, STAMPED THEIR NAMES PROUDLY IN PURPLE AND
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
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
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!
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!
MY FRIENDS, WHEN THEY ASK YOU AS CURIOUS YOUNGSTERS OFTEN DO, "BEFORE
PLASTIC WRAP & ELMERS GLUE AND PAPER TOWELS, WHAT DID YOU DO?" TELL
THEM LOUDLY AND WITH PRIDE DON'T LACK, "GRANDMOTHER HAD THE FLOUR
All these girls' dresses were made from flour
Gowns and underwear were made from them
My mom was telling me a story about flour s
acks just last Sunday. We lived next to our Aunt Flora, Mom's sister-in-law. She had six daughters and three sons. Even with all she did for her family, she wanted to do something with her hands. My mom had her brother, Tony, buy his wife a sewing machine. Then Mom taught her how to make panties from the flour sacks. She caught on right away and made dozens for my cousins. She wanted to do something else. Mom taught her how to make a simple dress. They were all wearing them soon. This was in the late 40s.