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The poverty of the Depression and fabric shortages during World War II made feedsacks highly important to the quilter during the 1930s and 1940s. In this book, quilt historian Gloria Nixon shares her research through tens of thousands of pages of old farm periodicals, magazines and newspapers as she explains the story of the patterned feedsack.


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The poverty of the Depression and fabric shortages during World War II made feedsacks highly important to the quilter during the 1930s and 1940s. In this book, quilt historian Gloria Nixon shares her research through tens of thousands of pages of old farm periodicals, magazines and newspapers as she explains the story of the patterned feedsack.

34 review for Feedsack Secrets: Fashion from Hard Times

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nora Olmo

    A real page turner…

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    A small book that packs a lot of information, filled with color illustrations of emphemera and fabric, Feedsack Secrets proves that the history of the feedsack is more interesting than you'd think. Nixon presents research on the man who conceived of the 'dress print bag' as a way to drive sales, a departure from the typical marketing of flour. We learn about 1930s gingham sacks, pastel and calico prints;1940s novelty prints; Feedsack cartoons; the feedsack dressed 'Susie Q', winner of the best Dr A small book that packs a lot of information, filled with color illustrations of emphemera and fabric, Feedsack Secrets proves that the history of the feedsack is more interesting than you'd think. Nixon presents research on the man who conceived of the 'dress print bag' as a way to drive sales, a departure from the typical marketing of flour. We learn about 1930s gingham sacks, pastel and calico prints;1940s novelty prints; Feedsack cartoons; the feedsack dressed 'Susie Q', winner of the best Dressed Fowl of 1950; patterns developed for feedsacks; 'backprint' dolls; and 1950s prints including Walt Disney characters. I especially liked reading about the political uses of the feedsack in the 1948 election and the story behind the Pappy O'Daniel novelty flour sacks. Nixon includes a bibligraphy arranged by chapter. I enjoyed this concise history.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Claudia Cheyne

    As a sewing and quilting enthusiast I was aware of brightly printed cloth feedsacks but I have a much greater appreciation for their role in American history after reading Gloria Nixon's informative book. She begins with the first patent filed in 1924. We learn about the companies who packaged their products in fabric bags and how they advertised and marketed them. There are newspaper articles, comics and stories pertaining to the sacks. It was especially interesting to discover how a Presidenti As a sewing and quilting enthusiast I was aware of brightly printed cloth feedsacks but I have a much greater appreciation for their role in American history after reading Gloria Nixon's informative book. She begins with the first patent filed in 1924. We learn about the companies who packaged their products in fabric bags and how they advertised and marketed them. There are newspaper articles, comics and stories pertaining to the sacks. It was especially interesting to discover how a Presidential election outcome was predicted by farm folks purchases of Democrat or Republican designated bags. I think just about anyone would enjoy this small but fascinating book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Beverly

    brings back a part of my past. remindes me of feedstores , country living, and grandparents.

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    Roberta

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