Some pictures of International Paper Company in Camden, Arkansas
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.