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Just a quick comment … the cylindrical cement containers pictured are now available for HO modelers in 3D-Printed form from Bowser. Many years back Athearn also offered them in a cruder injection-molded form.
Bulk cement was also shipped in boxcars. Track was laid to the construction site for big projects. Here is a blog about the building of the Coulee Dam. Scroll down Thursday, December 12, 2019 for photos of the special “pumps” used to unload the boxcars.
I don't know when barrels gave way to cloth sacks, but would believe it was before WWII. Paper bags came in the early 50s I believe? Cement was sold by the barrels for years after. 4 sacks to a barrel @ 94lbs a sack you can do the math for the weight of a barrel ; ))
Cement company logos were designed to fit on a barrel lid.