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This cotton sack for Kaw Milling Company flour was embroidered and embellished with braid and silk ribbon. Embroidered designs include the Belgian flag; a French message whose English translation is "The union makes the force;" the year 1915; and the town name Lommel (Belgium). The printed company emblem of a bird and wheat has been over-embroidered. 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: Kaw Milling Company
Date: between 1915 and 1916

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Item Number: 223742
KSHS Identifier: 1916.15.4

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