Stamped on the back, “Comité National de Secours et d’Alimentation.”
WWI Era Belgium Relief Flour Sack, made by Teton Valley Power & Milling Co. Driggs, Idaho; “ELK BRAND.”
The sack as an official stamp in blue ink from the “Comité National de Secours et d’Alimentation.”, and another black stamping at the lower bottom on front may have something to do with this and other sacks going to Belgium relief.
The Commission for Relief in Belgium (CRB) was established in October 1914, by Herbert Hoover to provide food relief to Belgium. The CRB fed millions of people in Belgium and occupied France between 1914 and 1919.
In fine condition. 16x 30 inches.
A scarce item, and an important overlooked aspect, the sufferings of the populations that had to endure warfare on their own soil, and the great need for food, as well as many other articles that were unattainable for years to come.
A visit to the Presidential Library of Herbert Hoover, and the exhibit of many fine examples of these sacks is worth seeing.