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[Merchandising Tools and Equipment]


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Accession Number: 1916.15.7

Physical Description: Rectangular, embroidered flour sack. Outside edges of flour sack are trimmed in woven trim with fringe. Blue printing is over-embroidered in with, black, yellow, red, and orange. Center radiating, eight-point star in center is embroidered in white, yellow, red, and pink(?). Back is printed in blue.

History of Object: This flour sack was originally filled and sent to Belgium on the relief ship Hannah. It was embroidered and returned to the Kansas Belgian Relief Fund in gratitude. It was displayed briefly in the window of Pelletier Stores Company, in Topeka, before being donated to the Kansas State Historical Society. The Commission for Relief of Belgium was established during WWI under the chairmanship of Herbert Hoover, to provide food relief to Belgium. Food was packaged in cotton bags by American mills. Various Belgian groups used the cotton bags to make new clothing, accessories, pillows, bags, and other items.

Date: Between 1915 and 1916

Dimensions (in cm): 52.70 (H) 44.80 (W)

Marks/Inscriptions: [front] KIOWA / ROLLER MILLS / EVERY SACK / GUARANTEED / Always Good / MADE FROM SELECTED HARD WHEAT / BY LATEST IMPROVED PROCESS / KIOWA MILLING CO., PROP?S / KIOWA, KANS. / BEMIS KANSAS CITY. || [back] THE FLOUR WITH THE NUTTY FLAVOR / IT IS MADE ON A NEW ENGLISH PROCESS / MILL - THE LAST WORD IN MILLING / MACHINES. OWING TO THE UNUSUALLY / QUICK SHORT SYSTEM EMPLOYED IN THIS / MILL, THE RESULTANT FLOUR IS KEPT / CLEAR AND FREE FROM IMPURITIES, ITS / NATURAL BLOOM IS PRESERVED, AND ITS / VOLATILE OILS, WHICH CONTAIN THE / FLAVOR AND SWEET AROMA OF THE / CRUSHED WHEAT, ARE NOT EVAPORATED, / BY REASON OF INNUMERABLE OPERATIONS / WHICH ARE NECESSARY IN LONG SYSTEM / MILLS. / THIS FLOUR HAS A SWEET, RICH, / NUTTY FLAVOR, AND HAS MORE STRENGTH / THAN OTHER PATENT FLOURS. / EVERY SACK GUARANTEED BY EVERY / MERCHANT SELLING IT, AND BY / KIOWA MILLING CO. KIOWA, KANS. ||

Index Terms

Associations and Subjects

    Origin, Place of: Barber County (Kan.)
    Activity / Occupation: Agriculture
    Origin, Place of: Belgium
    Event: World War, 1914-1918
    Business / Organization: Commission for Relief in Belgium
    Origin, Place of: Hoesselt (Belgium)
    Business / Organization: Kansas Belgian Relief Fund
    Theme/topic: Hannah (relief ship)
    Individual: Eastman, Phil
    Origin, Place of: Kiowa (Kan.)
    Theme/topic: War relief

Creators and Contributors

    Noots, Jean
    Kiowa Milling Company
    Kiowa Roller Mills

Status: Cataloged

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