Some pictures of International Paper Company in Camden, Arkansas

International Paper kraft mill at Camden, Arkansas
International Paper kraft mill at Camden, Arkansas | Source
Paper rolling machinery at IP kraft mill, Camden, Arkansas
Paper rolling machinery at IP kraft mill, Camden, Arkansas | Source
Unidentified worker handling finished paper bags at IP Camden facility
Unidentified worker handling finished paper bags at IP Camden facility | Source
Grocery store in Camden, Arkansas around 1947
Grocery store in Camden, Arkansas around 1947 | Source

Brown paper grocery bags may not be an interesting subject for everybody, but for those who grew up in Camden, Arkansas in the mid-20th century, they were an integral part of childhood. Every citizen and every schoolchild for miles around knew where the paper mill was, whose daddy (mother, cousin, uncle, etc) worked there and most of the gossip about employees.

The official address was 1944 Adams Avenue SW, Camden, Arkansas. It was the first kraft mill actually built by the International Paper Company and it was the city’s largest employer. Generations of Fairview and Camden children remember it fondly.

Here are some photos of the mill, from a long-ago time when brown paper sacks were king in Camden. If you can identify any of the workers or the people at the grocery store, please feel free to let us know.



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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

My husband used to be in the paper distribution business but concentrated on selling fine paper...not craft paper like the paper bags. International Paper company made both types of paper. Did you know people who worked for them?


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Marie Brannon 5 years ago from Pearland, Texas Author

My great-aunt, who is now 100 years old and in a nursing home in Camden, worked there. We have a book that tells the history of the company. Thanks for your interest.


Emanuel Brisker 5 months ago

The father of the singer,Little Willie John,Myrtis John,worked in the fuse

section of this Camden,Arkansas,mill. Wow. And well done.

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