Founded by Benjamin Popkin, Eastern Burlap & Trading Co
. was established to manufacture burlap
and other textile bags
for the produce grown in the rich soil of Virginia and North Carolina. Through the remainder of the twenties, the depression years of the thirties, the war years of the forties and into the fifties, the company continued to serve the agricultural markets of the region, adding such containers as baskets
, and crates
With the onset of the fifties, returning veterans from World War II and the Korean Conflict had returned to civilian life and begun to prosper. The farmland of Tidewater, Virginia and North Carolina was giving way to suburbs and agriculture was diminishing. At the same time, transportation innovations created changes in agricultural packaging. The need for traditional packages diminished; paper and plastic containers and bulk shipping became the rule.