Eventually they saw a great opportunity for promoting the use of feedsacks.First feed sacks began to be sold in colors then around 1925 colorful prints for making dresses, aprons, shirts and childrens clothing began to appear in stores.
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Its not as easy as you might think to identify feed sack fabric.
The paper labels were easily removed from a feedsack and even with older ones the label has often been removed.
Chicken farmers went through a great many sacks of feed so the sale of feedsacks became a side business for some of them.
Feed sacks were even sold by itinerant peddlers giving country women who lived far from town a chance to pick and choose from a variety of feed sack colors and prints.
Manufacturers began to paste on paper labels making it far easier to remove them.
By the late 1930s there was heated competition to produce the most attractive and desirable prints. This turned out to be a great marketing ploy as women picked out flour, sugar, beans, rice, cornmeal and even the feed and fertilizer for the family farm based on which fabrics they desired.
We usually think of feed sacks being a way women provided clothing and bedcoverings during the economic hard times of the boll weevil depression in the south in the 1920s and the Great Depression that followed.
But actually printed feedsacks were used for sewing from before these depressions to well after World War II.
Cotton had been king until the period of 1914 to 1929 when the price dropped out of the cotton market partially because synthetic fabrics like rayon became popular for dresses and undergarments.
With the drop in the price of cotton even more companies began using cotton sacking as packaging.
Initially these bags were plain unbleached cotton with product brands printed on them.