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Life in Crosby County Texas from 1800s to 1950

Thirsty Farmer Drinks from Canvas Bag in 1939

Farmer Drinks from Canvas Bag

On a hot summer morning on a farm near Ralls Texas in 1939, a farmer pauses for a cold drink of water from a canvas bag. Water drawn from the windmill in the background will seep through the bag all day and keep the contents cool by evaporation. Hung from tractor fenders, car hood ornaments and side view mirrors, military vehicles or from a cowboy's saddle horn, these leaky canvas bags were very popular throughout the desert southwest from the early 1900's to late 1960's.

Produced using cotton or flax canvas, the bags came in a variety of sizes designed for specific uses. Longer bags were designed to be hung in front of radiators of early cars to help keep the engine cool. The bags started out tasting like flax, but a well aged sweet water bag was precious item. Much sought after by collectors, decorators and others for sentimental reasons, they are rare today, but you can still find vintage canvas water bags for sale on eBay.

 

Resources:

West Texas History & Memories

Early Life in Texas County by County

Books about Texas People and Places

Amazing People from Texas County by County

Texas History in the 19th Century (Amazon)

Vintage Texas Photos (eBay)

Flax Canvas Water BagsAntique and Vintage Water Bags

Desert water bag, Safari water bag, U.S. Army Military water bag, Egyptian canvas water bag, Minnequa radiator water bag, Burch Climate water bag, Coast to Coast canvas water bag, US Forest Service Canvas water bag

  See All Flax and Canvas Water Bags

Books about Crosby County People and Places

Books about Crosby County TexasBooks about Crosbyton, Ralls and Estacada Texas

Life in Crosby County Tx 1939

Crosby County Treasures

Rare Artifacts, Memorabilia, Ancestry and History Records from Crosbyton, Lorenzo, Ralls, Cone and Kalgary, Texas

See All Crosby County Treasures (eBay)

 

What's your Favorite Book about a Texas County, Town, Person or Place? Here's our best reads list County by County

 

Mysterious TexasTrue Stories of Amazing People and Places in Texcas
 Loneliest, Least Populated Counties in Texas
Famous Actors from West TexasBooks about Texas People County by County

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