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Compendium of digitized antique seed catalogs

 
Ann Torrence
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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.

Here's Luther Burbank's 1921 catalog.

(If you haven't used library PDFs before, the interface is a bit wonky. Hit the full page width icon and scroll with the mouse to see each page)

I will add more links as I find them to this thread. Please do the same.
 
Vera Stewart
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Thank-you for introducing me to this digitized collection of past seed catalogs.

One that I'm finding particularly interesting is Descriptions of 100 Hardy Perennials of the Rocky Mountains by Darwin M Andrews.

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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