This is the beginning of Memorial Day weekend, and in honor of “The Greatest Generation” – who were not only veterans of World War II but also those greatest users and savers of cloth feedsacks – we are featuring feedsacks made to commemorate the war. Of course, the most prominent among these is a sack we’ve mentioned before, known as Kent’s Cloth of the United Nations and made by Percy Kent & Co. This popular and collectible feedsack is printed with numerous vignettes of famous incidents, battles, locations, allied countries and more. Shown here is the full width of the sack, the pattern repeats every 14 inches along the length.
You may note above that the feed mill’s label is still evident on this sack, though it’s been partially washed out. Some of the individual images:
The Kent feedsack was featured in an exhibition of WWII textiles called Wearing Propaganda that we visited at the Allentown, PA Art Museum in Oct. 2006. Absent from this exhibit, however, and much less often seen but still as pertinent is the V for Victory feedsack, that repeats the letter V along with its Morse code equivalent – both in patriotic red, white and blue and also in purple!
These feedsacks are but a few of those that remind us of historical events; and they serve also to help us remember those who gave their all for our country this Memorial Day.