Kansas MemoryKansas Memory

Kansas Historical SocietyKansas Historical Society

Embroidered flour sack - Page
54 votes

Like Kansas Memory?
Help us add more items by donating $$$.
Donate to Kansas Memory

This cotton sack for Manhattan Milling Company flour was cut open along one side, embroidered, and embellished with braid and ribbon. Embroidered designs include the Belgian government's coat of arms; a French message whose English translation is "The union makes the force;" the years 1914-1915; and the names of the needle worker, Angèle Veltkamp, and the town Hasselt (Belgium). This sack originally contained Kansas flour sent overseas during World War I for relief efforts organized by the Commission for Relief in Belgium. Some of the sacks were embroidered by Belgian women and returned to the United States as an expression of gratitude. The Kansas Belgian Relief Fund received this sack and placed it on display in a downtown Topeka store before donating it to the Kansas Historical Society.

Creator: Veltkamp, Angele
Date: between 1915 and 1916

Bookbag Share Print

Item Number: 223508
KSHS Identifier: 1916.15.3

Copyright © 2007-2015 - Kansas Historical Society - Contact Us
This website was developed in part with funding provided by the Information Network of Kansas.