This advert for Linoleum got me Googling. Apparently, Linoleum, at the time this ad was printed, in the 1930s I think, is made from chemical extracted from flaxseed. Duluth was, in the 1920s, a major transit spot for Flaxseed.
According to this senate report, flaxseed went from farms on the rails to Duluth or Minneapolis. Some processing happened in Minneapolis; Duluth loaded the flaxseed onto boats.
Honestly, I would have imagined linoleum to be a product made from oil. Maybe it is now. So interesting to think that the product in this advert might have been born in a crop that passed through Duluth.
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