A Colorized Look at 1930s Flour Sack Fashion
To say that money was tight and jobs were scarce during the Great Depression of the 1930s would be an understatement. The economic downturn caused by the Stock Market Crash of 1929 upended the American way of life. People lost their homes. Families split up. People starved.
Housewives living through the Great Depression had to learn quickly to be resourceful. They had to make do with whatever resources they had available to them. Thanks to the Textile Bag Manufacturers Association and the Millers National Federation, 1930s housewives got a helping hand to keep them looking stylish in the face of great poverty. How did they do this? By printing their flour sacks with colorful patterns so that the fabric could be recycled into clothing for the whole family. As you can see from these colorized photos, many of the flour sack dresses were so cleverly made that it is nearly impossible to tell that the material started out serving a different purpose.