Here it is, mid-August, and the stores are geared up for back-to-school sales. I always remember, this time of year, how hot it could sometimes be in the classroom when we first went back. You’d feel really cooped up on those still summer-like days.
As always, feedsacks represented most aspects of the life of their times, and back to school was part of it. Many a young girl in rural areas went back with a new feedsack dress or two, and more than a few hoped their friends’ families wouldn’t have bought the same pattern and made them similar dresses. And of course, many envied those special store-bought ones. Only today do we finally appreciate how special those feedsack clothes really were.
Here are feedsacks showing a one-room country school, in two patterns, two colorways each. And then two colors of a village scene with school, buses, etc.
Finally, a sack that shows older girls with larger school buildings that remind me a lot of my hometown high school.
Many of these pictures come from my old inventory, and were taken years ago before I had either the ability or the need to preserve sharper, more detailed images. As I get the chance, I do update older images for my archive.
Next week we’ll try to get some more summery subject, while summer remains!