Archive.org has a host of old seed catalogs (from mid-19th to mid-20th Century) available in many formats and on a host of topics. I happened across a few in my Pinterest feed and gone completely down the rabbit hole in this treasure trove of information. Sure some ideas might be out of date, but you never know what you might find when you explore these catalogs. I’ll be sharing more catalogs as I find them in the coming weeks. –Douglas
THIRTY-SIX YEARS of constant service as a seedsman and florist, have drawn to me the esteemed patronage of more than half a million flower-loving people, many — very many of whom have become my warm friends. Every year 1 am greeted with their orders, accompanied with kind words, and often addi tional orders, solicited from flower-loving neighbors, thus aftording pleasant, friendly intercourse, and an assurance that my efforts to serve tbem faithfuUjr and well are appreciated. One-half of the business man’s life is spent in his business, and the other half in his home, and happy indeed, is that life where both the business and home contribute to his happiness. The harmonious and genial nature of those who love the beautiful makes the florist’s life one of pleasure instead of drudgery, and thus the years come and go with him in a continuous round of satisfaction and enjoyment.
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