The Seedy Side of Vintage Farm Ephemera

| 10/15/2013 9:57:00 AM

Chris OttoI came across this empty 1908 kohlrabi seed packet at one of our many antique stores here in central Pennsylvania and was smitten enough with its age and design to make the minor purchase.

Vintage Kohlrabi Seed Packet

(One of the "benefits" of having an interest in books and ephemera as opposed to antique furniture, artwork or toys is that you can usually browse for hours and still escape with your wallet essentially intact. Of course, that might still leave you having to explain why you paid actual money for a 100-year-old brochure or receipt. But at least it's less actual money than if you had purchased, say, an 18th century pine blanket chest. )

The five-cent seed packet was sold by De Giorgi Bros of Council Bluffs, Iowa. And the envelope itself was designed by Stecher Lithographic Company of Rochester, New York.

3/24/2015 7:16:15 AM

This is fascinating! Thanks for sharing. Emily Grace

10/20/2013 9:47:02 AM

Chris, seed history is indeed an interesting subject. I haven't really given much thought to seed history until reading about Hank Will's story and his fascination with his great grand father's seed company. His interest mainly lies in all the different varieties of corn. ***** I live just across the river from Council Bluffs but I've not heard of the De Giorgi Bros seed company. Shenandoah was for time the hot bed for seed companies. The only one still remaining in Shenandoah is the Earl May nursery. Henry Fields was sold by the family and other companies were absorbed by other seed companies. ***** Have a great garden seed history day.

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