I love old seed catalogs, and what they tell us about the interests and fashions of gardening, especially over the last 150 years, when selling seeds by mail became a viable business. Luther Burbank's story (and by contrast the story of apple and strawberry breeder Albert Etter who did not have so much fame and success) fascinates me.
For those who might not be familiar with this resource, it's possible to search the text of the catalogs by using the text search function on the left, and then, when the text search reports finding x number of instances of your search term, looking to the right and scrolling through the pages listed to the highlighted pages to find what you're looking for. It took me a little while to figure this out.
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