Seed Catalogs, Late 1800s

14 Jun

I am especially in love with the first image- the faded colors and illustration are stunning. The last image is a really nice way to showcase multiple images and make them feel unified, filling the space nicely. There’s something about vintage woodcut illustrations that are just so elegant feeling. Definitely good inspiration for luxury food packaging! Image sources are inside the post.

All images are from the Smithsonian Library’s Seed Catalog. Direct links: 1. Special Advertisement of Burpee’s Seeds (1893) 2. Manual of Everything for the Garden (1896) 3. Catalogue of Everitt’ Cellebrated Man Weight Farm and Garden Tools (1893) 4. Plant and Seed Guide (1894)


3 Responses to “Seed Catalogs, Late 1800s”

  1. angela June 14, 2011 at 10:32 am #

    Brilliant blog. love it!

  2. Sarah Chavez June 15, 2011 at 1:31 am #

    These are a lovely cross section! I’m both an avid gardener and a designer/developer/artist/blogger (and more, of course, why limit ourselves, right?) and I have to say that vintage seed catalogs are one of my favorite old advertising categories. The colors and typography are truly stunning! I wish we all spent such time and effort in everything, no matter how mundane, today! Thanks for these, I really enjoyed them! Sarah (art/music/fashion/life blog-o extraordinaire! Wheee!)

    • vintagemeohmy June 15, 2011 at 2:19 pm #

      Well then you’ll be happy to know I have more lined up for future posts : ) I had to space them out so people didn’t think it was a gardening blog! I agree that the illustration and hand-rendered type is just phenomenal. Keep commenting- I love to hear your thoughts as I develop the blog and figure out what things people respond to best.

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