When depression-era farmwomen had
to start using flour bags and feed sacks
to make clothes for their families,
manufacturers began making their bags
out of brightly-colored and printed
fabrics to boost sales and add a little
flair to the common sack dress.
Once the trend caught on to the point that manufacturers were confident it would stick, they started making fabrics in an even wider variety of patterns and colors:
They even gave instructions on how to remove the ink, if you didn’t like the pattern:
Love little historical things like this.