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 Sure some ideas might be out of date, but you never know what you might find when you explore these catalogs.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
Some more lovely artwork on this practical catalog for wholesale buyers. — Douglas
The seeds we offer are tested under our personal supervision before shipment, and every care is taken that none but reliable, fresh and genuine seeds are sent out. ,J
Seeds of the best quality often fail, however, through various causes, improper planting or weather conditions ; therefore we, The Barteldes Seed Co., give no warranty, expressed or implied, as to description, quality, productiveness, or any other matter, of any seeds, bulbs or plants we send out, and we will not in any way be responsible for the crop. If the purchaser does not accept the goods on these terms, they are at once to be returned.
All Grass, Field and Tree Seeds, Potatoes, and Onion Sets we will sell for cash only, no discounts. Bills of Garden Seeds, amountting to $25.00 or more, are sold on terms of 60 days. Overdue accounts are subject to sight draft with exchange, without notice. Of new customers we require cash or satisfactory references. These prices are not for less than one-half pound of Garden Seed or five pounds of Peas, Beans or Sweet Corn, and are subject to variation without notice.
These prices do not include charges for bags, baskets and barrels, which are extra.
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