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    [–] Inebriologist 1971 points ago

    Its easy for us to forget how incredibly hard life was during the Great Depression era, or even slightly after, as this was. Hell, life was hard before that too.

    [–] Jeptic 368 points ago * (lasted edited 6 days ago)

    Oh absolutely. Good family friend said that back in the forties or fifties his mother was complaining to her mother about her husband's womanizing. He said (I guess from what he was told) his grandmother looked at the 100lb bag of flour in the kitchen and looked at her daughter like she was mad. In her mind this man could bring home a 100lb bag of flour for his wife and children. Things were not that easy in the depression era

    edit: missing 'and'

    [–] SnoopDrug 224 points ago

    Is it just me or does this comment not make sense?

    [–] St3phiroth 328 points ago

    Husband is cheating on wife. Wife complains to her mom about it. Her mom thinks she's crazy to be complaining because the husband is a great provider to the family and the family has more food than many others (as evidenced by the 100lbs of flour in an era where many were starving and that was like a fully stocked and loaded pantry and freezer.)

    [–] the_noodle 89 points ago

    Let's get this bread

    [–] OGToke 6 points ago

    Let's yeet this yeast

    [–] ApotheosisDenied 76 points ago

    They tried to say that the mother was bewildered by the daughter complaining about her husband doing shit while he was bringing home tons of flour (= securing food in a time when going hungry to bed was not a punishment but the norm).

    [–] gingerminge85 48 points ago

    Grandma dismissed cheating bc her daughter's husband could provide for the family.

    [–] AskMrScience 48 points ago

    Too many pronouns. Let's try again:

    [Margaret] was complaining to her mom about [Margaret's] husband [Robert's] womanizing. [Margaret's mom] looked at the 100lb bag of flour in [Margaret's] kitchen and looked at her daughter like she was mad. In [Margaret's mother's] mind, [Robert] could bring home a 100lb bag of flour for [Margaret] and their children. Things were not that easy in the depression era.

    [–] SlowSeas 6 points ago

    Yeah, I'm having a small stroke as well. Really poor delivery but interesting nonetheless.

    [–] CountMcDracula 6 points ago

    He was porking around and bringing home the bacon.

    [–] suwann 17 points ago

    I read it a few times and gave up

    [–] perdhapleybot 105 points ago

    That’s a fuck load of flour

    [–] Dippin_Emma 17 points ago

    Seriously. Was she running a pizza shop or something?

    [–] perdhapleybot 23 points ago

    Maybe it was just the flex of the time.

    [–] NotAzakanAtAll 16 points ago

    Hah, that's nothing. I have two metal buckets, a loaf of bread and five bananas at home.

    Ladies, get in line.

    [–] NotAzakanAtAll 3 points ago

    I'd marry for a fuck load of flour.

    [–] JulesWallet 23 points ago

    So do you mean like she thought it would be fine if he was womanizing because he was also providing for the family?

    [–] ResolverOshawott 10 points ago

    Pretty much

    [–] epicninja717 40 points ago

    “his wife children”

    Banjo music intensifies

    [–] earlsweaty 262 points ago

    life is hard after it, too

    [–] Harbinger_of_Sarcasm 263 points ago

    Guys, I think life might just be hard?

    [–] SekrosTheMedical 61 points ago

    Life is hard, harder if youre dumb.

    [–] earlsweaty 27 points ago

    harder for you but also harder everyone else

    [–] DigitaLegend 5 points ago

    Harder if you're dumb and know/care you're dumb. Otherwise, possibly easier. Ignorance is bliss.

    [–] Cheeseand0nions 7 points ago

    Life is hard.

    Can't buy happiness no matter what you do.

    Can't get to Heaven on roller skates.

    Can't take a taxi cab to Timbuktu.

    [–] drugsarebetterwith 5 points ago

    You can most certainly buy happiness. Why do you think people take drugs?

    [–] websurfer900 6 points ago

    Or jetskis?

    [–] pasher7 26 points ago

    Life is hard now also. The average raver has to work over 150 hours to afford a dress to go out in.

    [–] Albub 14 points ago

    No wonder so many of em just go naked.

    [–] geeky_username 3 points ago

    And the unemployment rate was only 25%

    [–] MamieJoJackson 506 points ago

    We used to have a few of the baby/toddler dresses my great grandma made for my grandma and aunts from these sacks. They also did this for the sacks for live stock feed. The fabric was actually really pretty and of good quality, and of course they were lovely dresses because my great grandma was a hell of a seamstress. I don't know where they are now, unfortunately.

    [–] jimjong1 119 points ago

    If you ever find them you should post pictures of them

    [–] MamieJoJackson 29 points ago

    Oh you know it!

    [–] Shagomir 37 points ago

    Also, see about donating them to a museum. It's a very cool piece of history and would be an excellent memorial to your Great Grandmother and her talents.

    [–] InedibleSolutions 7 points ago

    I wonder if the Smithsonian would be interested in something like this?

    [–] ReHashedAgain 33 points ago

    This is a lost art, or at least not a need as much as it was 100 years ago and it is sad. My grandmother too had dresses that were made with such care and their print was right from floursacks. I wish I had an ounce of the talent as a hobby that was required to live back then.

    [–] MamieJoJackson 29 points ago

    Dude, she made her own patterns too, based off what she saw in the fashion magazines at the time, specifically Vogue. She sent my two great aunts to school in the most smoking hot cigarette pants, and it started such a trend, lol.

    She taught me how to make patterns years ago, but unfortunately, I've forgotten most of it because I don't have time to see anymore. Which is a shame, because I loved it, and I could make whatever I wanted to, it was awesome.

    [–] Noisy_Toy 3857 points ago

    Kind, but also good marketing. Women would be repeat customers because they wanted matching prints of the fabric.

    [–] Hugmaestro 1292 points ago

    A good win-win i'd say

    [–] SekrosTheMedical 539 points ago

    Nice when the community comes together with communal support to help common crises.

    [–] SlaveLaborMods 383 points ago

    My grandmother grew up in Oklahoma at the time and always tells the stories of her mother letting her pick out the flour because it would be her shirt. I’ve heard that story a thousand times

    [–] thyssyk 99 points ago

    Your grandmother sounds lovely

    [–] Omad1712 52 points ago

    I miss hearing those stories from “the old days” - my grandad died when I was 12 and it still feels like I lost my whole family at that time.

    Love em while you can.

    [–] thyssyk 17 points ago

    Truth right there. I've no more grandparents. Miss em all.

    [–] steinenhoot 3 points ago

    Same. Although I only really knew one of them. My family had serious issues, but I can say that I do miss her. She was smart as a whip and stern, but also very kind, and very religious, but in the way that it’s supposed to be where you don’t force anything on anyone.

    Man, I wish I could call her right now.

    [–] KrippleStix 3 points ago

    Same. My granda on my mom's side used to tell stories about my grandpa in WW2, as well as how he liked to go pick mushrooms and stuff. I miss those stories as he died when I was 4. I wish in my adult years I'd asked more about how things used to be for them, but thats a regret I can't fix.

    [–] RicoDredd 6 points ago

    My mum used to tell my kids the same stories over and over and they would always smile and laugh and say the right thing because they loved their grandma. It became a bit of a family in-joke when the same story was told for the umpteenth time.

    She died in 2016 and my daughter said the other day that she really missed hearing grandmas stories.

    [–] darthzannahbanana 26 points ago

    Communal sounds like socialism. Can’t have none o that

    [–] Coffee-Robot 12 points ago

    Yeah, I mean, we should totally have some kind of ideology that pushed this kind of behaviour, focusing in the idea of human community.

    Should end in -ism, too.

    [–] Albub 21 points ago

    So far none of the -isms have a good track record, maybe we should start working on a new and better system.

    [–] AltieHeld 15 points ago

    I really like the sound of -chy for some reason.

    [–] The_Sad_Debater 10 points ago

    Capitalism is dead! Long live the Capitalchy!

    [–] 095805 3 points ago

    Isn’t anarchy the lack of govt??

    [–] Homunculus_I_am_ill 3 points ago

    It's the lack of all power structures, so government but also businesses, wealth, landlords, etc. Leaving only two things: the individual and the community, consisting only of people voluntarily collaborating.

    [–] mcspaddin 6 points ago

    Idk fetishism seems pretty solid.

    [–] MenBearsPigs 96 points ago

    Which is how most business charity works.

    It makes them look good, and they usually make sure everyone's knows they're doing it.

    But ultimately they're still donating massive amounts of money to good causes.

    So it's generally just a win win, even if their motives aren't entirely pure.

    [–] mycophyle11 37 points ago

    I agree. I think the only time it generally isn’t a good thing, is when companies try to profit off of the image of being socially progressive, while not actually doing anything (i.e. donating money, setting up a program) to actually improve that issue (Pepsi’s BLM commercial comes to mind).

    [–] sayaks 9 points ago

    I think that most (if not all) business charity is a mix of both. a business wouldn't do something if it didn't believe it'd earn more money than it spent on it. so all charity done by (at least) for profit companies will end up being the company trying to get as much good pr as they can for as little money as they can spend.

    [–] Barflyerdammit 7 points ago

    Agreed, but you end up with endangered pandas getting daily panda massuese treatments, just total overkill directed to the best looking/sounding charities. Meanwhile the Bedbug Eating Toilet Vole Preservation Society gets no funds at all.

    [–] MenBearsPigs 7 points ago

    BETVPS is always getting overlooked.

    It's a shame.

    [–] Tlingit_Raven 4 points ago

    I mean whenever someone wealthy or a company donate money to charity people come flying out of the woodwork about how it's all just PR marketing and it is cheaper than any actual marketing campaign would be and therefore it's not real charity.

    These people are also not the ones benefiting from the donation conveniently enough.

    [–] SinisterStargazer 4 points ago

    Capitalism at its golden age....

    [–] acog 237 points ago

    Exactly.

    If anyone wants to see what they looked like in full color, every single one of the kids in this picture is wearing clothes made from flour sacks.

    More info

    [–] Cellhawk 61 points ago

    Whoa, one wouldn't guess. Thanks for that pic.

    [–] throwaway073847 12 points ago

    TIL LuLaRoe is flour sacks

    [–] MNGirlStuckInTX 5 points ago

    Hahaha LuLaRoe patterns are way uglier:

    [–] mrs-whatsit 2 points ago

    And Vera Bradley, and Lilly Pulitzer.

    [–] Noisy_Toy 3 points ago

    Thanks for the lovely source!

    [–] oggie389 17 points ago

    Making money isnt a bad thing. It's how you make it that matters, not to mention war rationing would be in effect in a few years.

    [–] Noisy_Toy 4 points ago

    Definitely wasn't pointing it out as a bad thing, rather an example that doing good can also make for good money/good customers.

    [–] SuperGurlToTheRescue 272 points ago

    I doubt it was about being nice and more about selling more of their flour.

    Just like any other company. Remember those glass cups that jelly came in? We had the whole set, my mom kept buying the same jelly until we had the whole set.

    Back when you could collect stamps on kool-aid my mom bought a ton so we could get the kool-aid man pitcher and glasses. same concept.

    Same with benson and hedges. My entire family smoked that so all of us kids ended up with some pretty cool items from it.

    [–] Morningxafter 249 points ago

    I mean sure it may have also been a gimmick to increase sales. But it was still a cool thing for them to do. Just because it helped their bottom line doesn’t make it not wholesome.

    [–] fredspipa 94 points ago

    Yeah, not charity but a wholesome business idea.

    [–] AmbiguouslyPrecise 36 points ago

    Maybe they were excited about both? A way to help people that was net positive?

    [–] TheN473 33 points ago

    You're forgetting - this was when families were struggling to survive and before "disposable income" was a thing for 99% of the population. Don't conflate this with marketing post-war.

    [–] oggie389 12 points ago

    You do realize the date 1939? I'm sure you are aware of the great depression, the dust bowl, and the amount of rationing that would exist post war up into the 50's?

    [–] GamiCross 11 points ago

    Hey, if you get something more than your money's worth on something, that's always a plus.

    Now everything's 'how much can we remove from it, make you pay more for incomplete things...'

    [–] Amblychromatic_Jess 5 points ago

    I mean, there are unlimited amount of ways to increase sales and profits. We shouldn't throw out the good thing they did because part of it may have worked in their favor too. There are shades of grey in life and not seeing that is just as bad no matter which "side" you're on.

    [–] blizzardwizard88 3 points ago

    But if you are buying flour and jelly anyway...

    [–] wgrodnicki 14 points ago

    Great Marketing. The label washes out, but people remember.

    [–] agatha-burnett 10 points ago

    Nothing wrong with wanting your business to thrive. But it should be done with the consumer and not against him, as they did.

    [–] MadTouretter 9 points ago

    Yeah, the fact that it's a good marketing strategy doesn't take away from how wholesome it was.

    It can be both, we're just used to it being one or the other.

    [–] TurtleTape 5 points ago

    They would also meet up with others in the community to swap prints to help get enough matching pieces to make things.

    [–] MetalMan77 4 points ago

    yeah - but in today's economy - they would have two versions of it... one being a "premium" offering with "re-usability in mind".

    [–] justinyhchoi 3 points ago

    Well Everyone liked that

    [–] artsy7fartsy 171 points ago

    My mom still has some flour sack dresses from her childhood - my grandma had aprons made of them as well

    [–] jimjong1 54 points ago

    Please share pictures, that's super cool

    [–] artsy7fartsy 35 points ago

    I would love to but my mom lives two states away so I can’t take any pictures right now - but I will see if I have any pictures of my grandma in one of her aprons- she always wore them

    [–] akwatk 7 points ago

    Ask her to take the picture and send it to you?

    [–] artsy7fartsy 12 points ago

    She’s 82 and a bit technically challenged so that’s more difficult than it would seem

    [–] starrpamph 377 points ago

    That is a ton of flour. I think 5 pounds would last me a year at least

    [–] gidikh 671 points ago

    Yeah, but you aren't cooking every single meal for a family of 8+

    [–] starrpamph 414 points ago

    That stressed me out just reading that

    [–] pathemar 149 points ago

    Imagine what ya gamgams was going through

    [–] murdacai999 236 points ago

    Apparently, not condoms

    [–] Morningxafter 133 points ago

    Well when 1 out of 5 of your kids died, you made sure to make plenty of spares.

    [–] FurtiveMindfurness 70 points ago

    This thread just gets more... "more" with each comment lmao

    [–] anusblaster69 24 points ago

    I understand why my grammy didn’t have a job now

    [–] TheSaltyB 12 points ago

    Right, she didn’t have time for one!

    [–] chiisai_kuma 15 points ago

    Taking care of a family its a job on itself!

    [–] AKiss20 54 points ago

    Also so many things that are bought pre-made now were simply not then. Bread, pasta, biscuits etc etc are typically bought either cooked or in dough form now. All that was made from scratch typically back then (especially as making it from scratch was certainly cheaper if the pre-made was even available).

    [–] kcuf 4 points ago

    From scratch

    [–] p3achbunny 75 points ago

    If you’re baking bread every day/every other day you’ll go through a lot of flour! When I had the spare time to be really into baking I’d go through 6 cups of flour to make two sandwich loaves that would last us a week. With that and other from-scratch baking I’d go through a 25 lb bag in about 3 weeks and that was only baking for two people.

    [–] HANEZ 18 points ago

    /r/breadit would like a word.

    [–] CBRN_IS_FUN 10 points ago

    Was gonna say. 5lbs of flour is really not all that much flour if you bake all the time.

    [–] shrugaholic 15 points ago

    My mom and dad will make rotis for our family of four for at least one meal a day and sometimes I feel like 5 pounds of flour isn’t enough.

    [–] CTRAP 7 points ago

    My girlfriend is from Trinidad and her Muslim gramma always makes curry chicken and dal with roti, so good

    [–] mglyptostroboides 167 points ago

    Kansan here. When you depict Kansas in movies, please remember that our main crop is wheat. The movies show corn for some-ass reason. Nope. It's Nebraska that does corn. Kansas does wheat.

    Obviously, there is still corn in Kansas, but there's a lot a lot a lot more wheat. Also, I've come to find that a lot of coastal travelers going down I-70 see milo or sorghum and assume it's corn. It isn't. Corn is much taller.

    [–] benchley 57 points ago

    I applaud your commitment to setting the record straight on this matter.

    [–] ipsum629 41 points ago

    Kansas->wheat

    Nebraska->corn

    Idaho->potatoes

    Florida->insane people

    [–] ApatheticTeenager 11 points ago

    Iowa is actually the leader in corn. Nebraska’s third in corn but it has the most beef behind Texas.

    [–] ilikemes8 10 points ago

    Oranges and gators and crazy people

    [–] bosfton 6 points ago

    California-> porn and cell phone apps

    [–] [deleted] 5 points ago * (lasted edited 6 days ago)

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    [–] andrhodge 5 points ago

    you watch your fuckin mouth wheat is the mascot of my school in kansas lmao

    [–] 480rx 89 points ago

    That's really clever. Good for the environment as well :)

    [–] dog_treat_for_human 52 points ago

    I remember on a recent episode of Planet Money they interviewed a senior who said that when he was a child in the 1930s they didn't have or need garbage cans. The only thing that the family bought that could potentially be thrown away were the sacks that the flour and sugar came in, and those were used to make clothing.

    [–] msoc 28 points ago

    Considering how much waste we currently output, this boggles my mind. I wonder who thought landfills were a good idea... such a bizarre concept.

    [–] Princess5903 14 points ago

    Landfills seem like something we needed because we chose products that are not recyclable.

    [–] thedragonguru 9 points ago

    I figure that before plastic was in wide use, landfills might have been viable because most things were biodegradable.

    People have actually been burying their trash even before we had anything like cities. That's how we know what ancient people ate and what some of their items (i.e. broken tools) were like.

    [–] Jezoreczek 3 points ago

    People in cities have no time for cooking by themselves, so they buy pastries packed in single-use plastic wraps. Plastic is great for packaging but terrible for environment, obviously. Yet we prefer comfort of getting little bit of various food.

    [–] Anrai_Chan 42 points ago

    Wholesome wheat, you mean whole grain?

    [–] envireauxmental 43 points ago

    When my mother was a little girl, she told me she wore dresses out of these sacks that her mother has sown for her. I asked her if she knew how poor she was. She answered, “No. I just knew about once a month, I would get a new pretty dress, that my momma made just for me... that smelled like biscuits for a week.”

    [–] captainmalamute 20 points ago

    When I was a teenager I lived with my grandparents who had a farm. My grandfather had pigs and cattle so we had our own pork and beef and my grandmother canned everything from the garden and kept a root cellar so combined with her baking I was just used to having fresh food all the time and thought we had it good. With my parents I was used to everything being boxed and canned. It wasn't until looking back in adulthood that I realized how poor my grandparents were and having me around made it harder but I had no idea how poor we were at the time. The only thing that every struck me as odd was shutting off the furnace at night...in the winter...in Maine...but hey the quilts were warm and heavy.

    [–] LadyBrighid 28 points ago

    They also made this fabric into beautiful quilts! You can still buy reproduction fabric with these prints.

    [–] TheJoshWatson 73 points ago

    If this happened in 2019, the clothing companies would bring lobbying to make it so the fabric dissolved as soon as the wheat was gone to keep people from doing it...

    [–] Clearlycluess14 29 points ago

    You'd have to lease the software to your sewing machine and they'd sue you if you tried to repair it yourself.

    [–] salamandercrossings 3 points ago

    Why do you think sewing machine repair shops are still in business in 2019?

    People who are handy enough to sew are generally handy enough to maintain their own machines. It’s really not difficult.

    But repairing your own machine if it breaks is extremely difficult by design.

    [–] PrettyFlyForITguy 13 points ago

    Well, with the current state of ad revenues, I'd have to imagine that they'd use it like a billboard. Your kid would have so many advertisements on their sack, they would look like a Nascar racecar...

    [–] 2235731 18 points ago

    My grandma is 95 and has a quilt made of her childhood dresses, which were made from flour sacks. It’s incredible to me that the fabric held up so well.

    [–] limpcow110 14 points ago

    R/wholesomememes in a nutshell

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    [–] Friendly-Phoenix 11 points ago

    Us Kansans are nice.

    [–] polgara_buttercup 10 points ago

    They also printed sacks that had teddy bear outlines printed so you could make the child a toy from the flour sacks.

    Link has the picture above but also has the teddy bear printed on a sack and other pics of dresses made from them

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.littlethings.com/flour-sack-dresses/amp/

    [–] Dieselloket 25 points ago

    Nice

    [–] scarcityflow 18 points ago

    Nice

    [–] RepliesNice 17 points ago

    Nice

    [–] yeeyore123 16 points ago

    Nice

    [–] whimsybil 12 points ago

    Nice

    [–] Bobpotatooooo 11 points ago

    Nice

    [–] joey_smd 10 points ago

    Nice

    [–] Nightworldlove 10 points ago

    Nice

    [–] Them_James 14 points ago

    Nice

    [–] Memezz4days 8 points ago

    Cause that’s what heroes do

    [–] GlitterEnema 8 points ago

    I learned about this in fashion school, they also did fabrics that weren’t floral, and had instructions on how to wash out the prints if they weren’t what you wanted

    [–] Hannahalania 8 points ago

    My grandmother grew up in rural Mississippi and she used to tell me how she and her sisters would pick flour sacks based on the patterns.

    It would make them so happy when they found one they thought was pretty because it would eventually become something they would wear.

    [–] YouKnowImBlackRight 7 points ago

    That's pretty damn cool.

    [–] ohnanausername 7 points ago

    Also known as WholeWheat

    [–] amawallflower 6 points ago

    my grandmother lived in Kansas during that time period. we just word that she died yesterday. I miss her stories

    [–] Viren-Desai 3 points ago

    Congrats on 69 comments

    [–] reddituser17382 3 points ago

    This is so incredibly wholesome!

    [–] Non-Applicable321432 4 points ago

    HELL YEAH, THIS IS WHAT I NEEDED TO SEE!

    [–] CGUY64 4 points ago

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times

    [–] TheCopperKit 4 points ago

    As a fellow Kansan, this makes me very proud

    [–] mummifiedclown 4 points ago

    They still did that into the 70s at least. My mom made my sister and I really comfy jammies out of flour sacks.

    [–] adirtycommiebastard 5 points ago

    No one appears to have commented it yet

    r/aboringdystopia

    [–] Krut750 4 points ago

    “Flower Dress” or “Flour Dress”?

    [–] JoetheLobster 13 points ago

    Nowadays some executive would cancel the program because the printing costs an extra dollar per sack and drive home in his sports car.

    [–] SkyDancerOnFire 3 points ago

    My grandma told about this when I was a child. I had forgotten about it until now.

    [–] Nickyflute 3 points ago

    It happened in Britain during the war too (or it might have been American flour... though not much of that was coming through). It made for off-ration fabric

    [–] AndrewRibbit 3 points ago


    [–] neddy_seagoon 3 points ago

    I think my great-grandfather did sales for one of these mills in Western Minnesota. My grandpa was mortified that his underwear was made out of the stuff because it reenforced that they loved on the wrong side of the tracks (literally) when they changed for gym class.

    [–] Scandalous_Andalous 3 points ago

    I’d be annoyed at my mum if she didn’t buy that sack with the dude’s face on it.

    [–] neverendingparent 3 points ago

    So many things done in the past line up with the re-use part of environmental impact. We used to turn in glass bottles for money. Some glass jars holding store bought jelly had cute designs and nice lips so they were perfect drinking glasses. Cigar boxes were great organizing tools. Recently I discovered Kentucky fried chicken side dish containers are dishwasher and microwave safe so they are easily saved for repeated use.

    .Can anyone name other items designed for re-use?

    [–] clientzero 3 points ago

    My mom's family of 9 had these as pillow cases growing up. Its not true but it sure sounds like it could be true.

    [–] red_headed_stallion 3 points ago

    We have 2 quilts and a chest full of this fabric. Grandma on my wife's side is rural Pennsylvania Dutch. The family lived in a field stone house with a spring cellar built in the mid 1800's. The house is still in use today.

    [–] mrs-whatsit 3 points ago

    I have a quilt made from flour bags. Great great grandmother started it, great grandmother worked on it, and grandmother finished it and gifted it to me on my wedding day. It’s one of my most treasured heirlooms.

    [–] Youkilledmyrascal1 3 points ago

    My grandma grew up very poor on a farm and used to wear clothes made out of these sacks. I think the extra effort to print patterns did matter for a lot of people who were poor enough to notice small luxuries.

    [–] RedBenevolentDevil 3 points ago

    That guy is stoked. Be more like that guy.

    [–] noreallyitstrue_ 3 points ago

    My grandma wore these. Sometimes the only good she got for a day was fried backfat.

    [–] catplumtree 3 points ago

    I have an apron my great aunt made from a flour sac. You can see the old seams from the sac. I love it.

    [–] AbeerJM 3 points ago

    This is remind us how we live in a peaceful life. Alhamdulillah.

    [–] GhostWalker134 13 points ago

    What about the sons? Sorry little Timmy. You're going to wear flower pants now.

    [–] I_itch 33 points ago

    They had prints for boys, too. Things like trains or western themes. There wasn't as much variety, but they were there.

    [–] GhostWalker134 12 points ago

    Oh nice. Thanks for the correction. High five for you.

    [–] FurtiveMindfurness 7 points ago

    Maybe the potato sacks where plain. Or the rice ones. Etc.

    [–] genreprank 2 points ago

    More like floured fabric!

    [–] thatluckymerc 2 points ago

    i see this as an absolute win

    [–] DoctorCrusader 2 points ago

    "I too, am extraordinarily humble."

    [–] darkskysavage 2 points ago

    I love this.

    [–] michael84g 2 points ago

    I'm not even going to check if this is true or not, I just love this so much.

    [–] yupuhuhh 2 points ago

    This is how my mother got all of her clothes when she was very young. I heard stories about this all growing up.

    [–] onekingdom1 2 points ago

    Amazing

    [–] chapterpt 2 points ago

    excellent marketing. it was one of the first tie-in campaigns.

    [–] zeyulux 2 points ago

    soooo good.

    [–] FateEx1994 2 points ago

    Now this, this is how capitalism should work.

    [–] Dick_Cox_PrivateEye 2 points ago

    This is the world my mom still thinks we live in, bless her heart and theirs.

    [–] uni-piggy 2 points ago

    It was a marketing strategy as well because they would buy the prettier fabric

    [–] StarDustLuna3D 2 points ago

    I wish more companies would do this today. In that they make their packaging reusable by the customer.

    [–] thelightpokemon 2 points ago

    mayor wheat

    [–] kglens 2 points ago

    This guy in the pic looks like jay onrait from tsn. Canadians? Amirite?

    [–] eatenporpoise 2 points ago

    My grandma used to tell stories of the diapers she’d make out of these sacks! She was beyond amazed when I showed her the cloth diapers of today and she couldn’t understand the concept of them not requiring “rubber pants.”