Just Released: Vintage Seed Catalog Digital Collection

May 15, 2015 | By | Reply More

Just in time for gardening season and starting your artful garden journal – a colorful collection inspired by an 1899 seed catalog.

About the Collection

I ran across this Plant Seed Company Seed Catalog from 1899 and loved the colors in the cover (you can have it as ready to frame art from the print shop) as well as the detailed drawings of vegetables and flowers. With no photographs, the drawings had to sell the seeds! One thing that struck me about the vegetables was how many different kinds were on offer; so many things we don’t see in supermarkets now – like Salsify, Dandelion (as a vegetable not a flower) and Martynia (which is also known as “devil’s claw.”)

Vintage Seed Catalog Tag Sheet EMU2

The flower section was similar to current catalogs: the newest and most tantalizing cultivars up front with the old favorites like sunflowers and pansies filling out the rest. It was telling how much more important food crops were at the time because the catalog was mostly devoted to food and animal feed crops with the flower seeds having much less space.

I love seeing these vintage publications and how everyday life was both different and yet similar. This collection has turned out colorful and bright, just like a garden – I hope you’ll like it!

Thanks so much for your encouragement and support. As always, I’d love to hear from you so drop me line with your thoughts and comments.

Cheers!
Monette

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