Archive.org has a host of old gardening books (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 Sure some ideas might be out of date, but you never know what you might find when you explore these catalogs.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
A collection of all the magazines for 1908-1909 in one volume. Other years are also available. — Douglas
It is with great satisfaction that we announce arrangements by which Mr. James Coursen Bartholf, Editor, Author, and Lecturer, becomes Editor-in-Chief of Vick’s Magazine.
Mr. Bartholf is a man of wide experience and scholarly attainments but these are but the least of his many qualifications for this important work. He is a man of splendid qualities of heart and head, with lofty ideals, breadth of vision, and infinite resource for attainment. He sees without stopping to notice the weaknesses of men. But lie sees more. He sees the possibilities for good in every human being and instead of condemning the shortcomings, he makes the better things so attractive that we forget the sordid and seek the better part.
Mr. Bartholf is a son of the soil and a man of the people. Born and raised in the country, lie knows the life of the people whom we have called him to serve. He knows the trials and obstacles that are met in the ordinary pursuits of life. He is therefore eminently qualified to assist in the practical affairs of life. The work which now opens up to Mr. Bartholf, is the one for which he is best fitted, and we feel confident that the readers of Vick’s Magazine will be large gainers by his becoming its editor.
This new arrangement is but preliminary to a great forward movement and improvement of this publication. The quality of paper used, the artwork, and the mechanical production are to be greatly improved, that all may be in harmony with the improved editorial quality of the magazine. We have asked Mr. Bartholf to outline his editorial policy and we print his reply herewith.
THE VICK PUBLISHING COMPANY.
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