Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Colorful Vintage Seed Catalog Covers

The Smithsonian Institution Libraries have a collection that includes about 10,000 illustrated seed and nursery catalogs dating from 1830 to the present. Here are a couple of examples. Zooming in on the crowd scene of Buckbee's county fair reveals a very tall clown in a great outfit. Reid's catalog cover has a cupid eating grapes. 500 images are documented in digital form on their website. Here's the

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