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Feedsack Secrets: Fashion from Hard Times Paperback – February 2, 2010
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Pure marketing genius! Feedsacks are an important chapter in American history. They clothed a nation that had fallen on hard times.
I found it a bit difficult to read the sans serif font overlaid on the feedsack textured background. Other than that, the format of the book is charming. It's a small (8.5" wide x 6" tall) colorful coffee table type book that invites flipping. There are many (small) illustrations from old advertising to go along with the text. Some of the advertisements are from trade publications, speaking to shopkeepers about the appeal of colorful cloth-bound merchandise to consumers. Many interesting stories and newspaper clippings accompany photos that track the development of these colorful textiles over the decades. More than anything else, this book emphasizes the MARKETING of feedsacks to consumers, so not much of the book is devoted to showing the many colorful prints.
The feedsack craze continued into the 1950s. One small section shows a marketing stunt--making dresses for chickens from feedsack fabric. Some bags were designed as fully hemmed tablecloths, others to be cut into the shape of an apron and embroidered. Some bags were printed with dolls and toy animals that could be cut out, sewn and stuffed.Read more ›
I guilt, and love that, I have alot of beautiful feed sacks, But!! I can't bring myself to cut them. They should be in a museum.Thankyou Amazon...
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Super book. Love the history behind feedsacks. Awesome pictures too!!Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great book - I have been collecting feedsacks for years and love more information about themPublished 19 months ago by Kitchen Queen
Sort of disappointed this book was so small, and the emphasis was on old advertisements, which you can't read anyway because the book is so small.. Read morePublished on April 6, 2014 by Cherie Dacko
I really enjoyed this book. I learned quite a bit about history and feed sacks. I liked it so much I bought an e-copy for my e-reader!Published on January 25, 2014 by Michelle
This is not what I expected at all. Expected more on the designs, patterns, when made, etc Would not recommendPublished on August 18, 2013 by Phyllis Ary