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Here are photographs showing the government surplus cotton mattress project at the American Legion Pavilion cotton mattress center on the fairgrounds in Columbus, Kansas. The cotton mattress program was sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture Extension Service, Agricultural Adjustment Administration, and the Surplus Marketing
Administration. It was started in February 1940, and had a threefold purpose. First, it was designed to supply cotton materials to rural families who could not afford to purchase mattresses. Second, the program helped to reduce the cotton surplus. Third, the mattress program provided demonstrations through which rural people learned how to make cotton mattresses. Mattresses were made in community work centers under supervision of the home demonstration agent and others trained in mattress making. Representatives from the families participating in the program helped one another in actual construction of the mattresses. Eligible families received material to make one full-size double-bed mattress for each two persons in the family, but the total could not exceed three mattresses to a family. Participating families were excepted to pay for needles, thread and incidental expenses.

Date: 1941

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Government surplus cotton mattress project in Columbus, Kansas - American Legion Pavilion cotton mattress center on the fairgrounds in Columbus, Kansas.Government surplus cotton mattress project in Columbus, Kansas - American Legion Pavilion cotton mattress center on the fairgrounds in Columbus, Kansas.Government surplus cotton mattress project in Columbus, Kansas - Men spreading out cotton from bales for a thorough sunning.Government surplus cotton mattress project in Columbus, Kansas - Workers hand fluffing bits of cotton on tables.Government surplus cotton mattress project in Columbus, Kansas - A woman stitching the rolled edge on a mattress to square it up.Government surplus cotton mattress project in Columbus, Kansas - A worker rolling up balls of cotton to be stitched and tied into tufts at intervals.  They used 12 to 15 inch needles.Government surplus cotton mattress project in Columbus, Kansas - Workers performing needle work on a mattress.Government surplus cotton mattress project in Columbus, Kansas - People were suppose to wear kerchiefs on their hair and over their noses if they were sensitive to the cotton fibers.Government surplus cotton mattress project in Columbus, Kansas - View of the tables and in the foreground are workers fluffing cotton.Government surplus cotton mattress project in Columbus, Kansas - Family and neighbors helped with the mattress project.Government surplus cotton mattress project in Columbus, Kansas - Workers fluffing cotton at the surplus cotton mattress project.Government surplus cotton mattress project in Columbus, Kansas - Workers beating mattresses into shape.

Government surplus cotton mattress project in Columbus, Kansas - American Legion Pavilion cotton mattress center on the fairgrounds in Columbus, Kansas.

Item Number: 309502
Call Number: FK2.C3 Co.78 *1-18
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 309502

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