Wool at the Newell Wool Warehouse

Shipping Wool at the Newell Wool Warehouse (Newell, SD Circa 1930-1940)

Shipping Wool at the Newell Wool Warehouse (Newell, SD Circa 1930-1940)

The wool packed in these sacks are ready for shipment from the Newell Wool Warehouse. It may look like a sack of potatoes, but each wool sack weighed 200-250 lbs (90-114 kg).

Wool has been used to make clothes for thousands of years. Until the 20th century, most garments were made from wool, cotton, silk or linen. Knitwear, fine suits, military uniforms and carpets captured the wool market making it a valuable commodity especially during times of war. Wool became so valuable that throughout the 1940s, even if a sheep died, the wool was clipped and sold.

 

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Photograph Courtesy: Mary Clarkson Buchholz