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A fabulous vintage flour sack with the paper label still affixed to the cloth bag – it’s rare to find a feedsack with its original label still intact. This 50 lb. sack was produced by the well-known Bemis Freight Shipping Bag company – featuring the famous Bemis cat logo – for the Lexington Mill & Elevator Co., Lexington, Nebraska.

The size of the bag is 15 ½” wide by 29” long, unopened (which means the width is actually double that measurement). The fabric has a blue and burgundy-red fern leaf pattern, with the paper label sewn into one side seam. It has never been washed.

The advertising copy on the label reads “David Harum says: This Short Patent Flour is Milled from Selected Wheat under Supervision of our Chemist in Our Modern Sanitary Mill. It is guaranteed to be entirely Satisfactory or Money Refunded.” And a fine portrait of David Harum (Wikipedia reports that he’s a fictitious banker and horse trader from an 1899 novel!) is prominently featured in the center of the label.

It looks like someone attempted to peel the label away from the fabric on the left back side, as there’s a tear in the paper and some of the label in that area is missing (see last photo). And there are some rust/age spots on the fabric and label on the back side as well, typical of a bag that most likely dates to the 1950s and which has never been washed. Overall, it is in very good vintage condition.

It would make a great addition to your vintage feed/flour sack collection, or for display in your retro kitchen pantry. David Harum says so!

Vintage Flour Sack - Feedsack with Original Paper Label - Bemis Bag Company


  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Material: Cotton
  • Only ships within United States.
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