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A Short History of Canvas and Flax Water Bags

Vintage and Antique Canvas and Flax Water Bags

Hung from tractor fenders, car hood ornaments and side view mirrors, military vehicles or from a cowboy's saddle horn, these canvas bags were very popular throughout the desert southwest from the early 1900's to late 1960's.

Produced using cotton or flax canvas and designed to leak, 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. Some bags were designed to water horses and mules and the US Military provided very large bags to keep the troops hydrated. The bags started out tasting like flax, but a well aged sweet water bag was precious item.


These ingenious and nostalgic tools are much in demand today as decorations and conversation starters for man caves, patios and porches and as an addition to classic cars... just about anywhere a nostalgic and historical artifact is wanted.


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Thirsty Farmer Drinks from Canvas Bag

Thirsty 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 . . . read more and view large image


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