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Carrie Lippincott was one of three Minneapolis-based seedswomen at the end of the 19th Century. She began selling seeds in 1891 and called herself “The Pioneer Seedswoman of America.” Her seed business first opened at 319 & 323 Sixth St. S., Minneapolis. Unique among seed companies, she sold only flower seeds, not vegetables, and catered to a female clientele. Andersen Horticultural Library houses a small collection of Carrie Lippincott catalogs.
A bouquet of pansies burst through a mailing envelope on the 1910 Carrie Lippincott catalog cover. Carrie Lippincott, the self-proclaimed "pioneer seedswoman" and "first woman in the flower seed industry" established her mail-order flower seed business in Minneapolis in 1891.

A bouquet of pansies burst through a mailing envelope on the 1910 Carrie Lippincott catalog cover. Carrie Lippincott, the self-proclaimed "pioneer seedswoman" and "first woman in the flower seed industry" established her mail-order flower seed business in Minneapolis in 1891.

Flowers burst through a white mailing envelope on the back cover of Carrie Lippincott's 1910 catalog.  Carrie Lippincott, the self-proclaimed "pioneer seedswoman" and "first woman in the flower seed industry" established her mail-order flower seed business in Minneapolis in 1891.

Flowers burst through a white mailing envelope on the back cover of Carrie Lippincott's 1910 catalog. Carrie Lippincott, the self-proclaimed "pioneer seedswoman" and "first woman in the flower seed industry" established her mail-order flower seed business in Minneapolis in 1891.

A large Pink Comet aster fills the back cover of Carrie Lippincott's 1911 catalog.  Carrie Lippincott, the self-proclaimed "pioneer seedswoman" and "first woman in the flower seed industry" established her mail-order flower seed business in Minneapolis in 1891.

A large Pink Comet aster fills the back cover of Carrie Lippincott's 1911 catalog. Carrie Lippincott, the self-proclaimed "pioneer seedswoman" and "first woman in the flower seed industry" established her mail-order flower seed business in Minneapolis in 1891.

"Little-Blue-Riding-Hood"  and sweetpeas are pictured on Carrie Lippincott's 1908 catalog cover. Carrie Lippincott, the self-proclaimed "pioneer seedswoman" and "first woman in the flower seed industry" established her mail-order flower seed business in Minneapolis in 1891. Sending out smaller 5 inch by 7 inch catalogs with colorful covers, often featuring children, her business was aimed at women customers.

"Little-Blue-Riding-Hood" and sweetpeas are pictured on Carrie Lippincott's 1908 catalog cover. Carrie Lippincott, the self-proclaimed "pioneer seedswoman" and "first woman in the flower seed industry" established her mail-order flower seed business in Minneapolis in 1891. Sending out smaller 5 inch by 7 inch catalogs with colorful covers, often featuring children, her business was aimed at women customers.

A beautiful pink rose in full bloom and one in bud fill the back cover of Carrie Lippincott's 1909 catalog.  Carrie Lippincott, the self-proclaimed "pioneer seedswoman" and "first woman in the flower seed industry" established her mail-order flower seed business in Minneapolis in 1891.

A beautiful pink rose in full bloom and one in bud fill the back cover of Carrie Lippincott's 1909 catalog. Carrie Lippincott, the self-proclaimed "pioneer seedswoman" and "first woman in the flower seed industry" established her mail-order flower seed business in Minneapolis in 1891.

A sweet young girl wears a "flower crown" of nasturtium on the cover of the  1906 Carrie Lippincott catalog. Carrie Lippincott, the self-proclaimed "pioneer seedswoman" and "first woman in the flower seed industry" established her mail-order flower seed business in Minneapolis in 1891. Sending out smaller 5 inch by 7 inch catalogs with colorful covers her business was aimed at women customers.

A sweet young girl wears a "flower crown" of nasturtium on the cover of the 1906 Carrie Lippincott catalog. Carrie Lippincott, the self-proclaimed "pioneer seedswoman" and "first woman in the flower seed industry" established her mail-order flower seed business in Minneapolis in 1891. Sending out smaller 5 inch by 7 inch catalogs with colorful covers her business was aimed at women customers.

Royal Show pansies, a sunrise, and the phrase "pansies for thought" illustrate the 1895 Carrie Lippincott catalog cover. Carrie Lippincott, the self-proclaimed "pioneer seedswoman" and "first woman in the flower seed industry" established her mail-order flower seed business in Minneapolis in 1891. Sending out smaller 5 inch by 7 inch catalogs with colorful covers her business was aimed at women customers.

Royal Show pansies, a sunrise, and the phrase "pansies for thought" illustrate the 1895 Carrie Lippincott catalog cover. Carrie Lippincott, the self-proclaimed "pioneer seedswoman" and "first woman in the flower seed industry" established her mail-order flower seed business in Minneapolis in 1891. Sending out smaller 5 inch by 7 inch catalogs with colorful covers her business was aimed at women customers.

A young girl surrounded by red and white flowers is pictured on the Carrie Lippincott 1905 catalog cover.  Carrie Lippincott, the self-proclaimed "pioneer seedswoman" and "first woman in the flower seed industry" established her mail-order flower seed business in Minneapolis in 1891. Sending out smaller 5 inch by 7 inch catalogs with colorful covers, her business was aimed at women customers.

A young girl surrounded by red and white flowers is pictured on the Carrie Lippincott 1905 catalog cover. Carrie Lippincott, the self-proclaimed "pioneer seedswoman" and "first woman in the flower seed industry" established her mail-order flower seed business in Minneapolis in 1891. Sending out smaller 5 inch by 7 inch catalogs with colorful covers, her business was aimed at women customers.

The back cover of Carrie Lippincott's 1905 catalog features carnations and a banner with Miss Carrie H. Lippincott's initials and the date.  Carrie Lippincott, the self-proclaimed "pioneer seedswoman" and "first woman in the flower seed industry" established her mail-order flower seed business in Minneapolis in 1891. Sending out smaller 5 inch by 7 inch catalogs with colorful covers her business was aimed at women customers.

The back cover of Carrie Lippincott's 1905 catalog features carnations and a banner with Miss Carrie H. Lippincott's initials and the date. Carrie Lippincott, the self-proclaimed "pioneer seedswoman" and "first woman in the flower seed industry" established her mail-order flower seed business in Minneapolis in 1891. Sending out smaller 5 inch by 7 inch catalogs with colorful covers her business was aimed at women customers.

Carrie Lippincott's 1911 catalog cover frames a toddler's photograph with sweetpeas.  Carrie Lippincott, the self-proclaimed "pioneer seedswoman" and "first woman in the flower seed industry" established her mail-order flower seed business in Minneapolis in 1891.

Carrie Lippincott's 1911 catalog cover frames a toddler's photograph with sweetpeas. Carrie Lippincott, the self-proclaimed "pioneer seedswoman" and "first woman in the flower seed industry" established her mail-order flower seed business in Minneapolis in 1891.

A deep-colored ruffled Grandiflora Petunia is pictured on the back cover of Carrie Lippincott's 1906 catalog.  Carrie Lippincott, the self-proclaimed "pioneer seedswoman" and "first woman in the flower seed industry" established her mail-order flower seed business in Minneapolis in 1891. She cultivated women customers by sending out smaller 5 inch by 7 inch catalogs with colorful covers during her early years of business.  The covers often featured children.

A deep-colored ruffled Grandiflora Petunia is pictured on the back cover of Carrie Lippincott's 1906 catalog. Carrie Lippincott, the self-proclaimed "pioneer seedswoman" and "first woman in the flower seed industry" established her mail-order flower seed business in Minneapolis in 1891. She cultivated women customers by sending out smaller 5 inch by 7 inch catalogs with colorful covers during her early years of business. The covers often featured children.

A young girl admires a Crimson Queen Giant petunia on the 1898 Carrie Lippincott catalog cover. Carrie Lippincott, the self-proclaimed "pioneer seedswoman" and "first woman in the flower seed industry" established her mail-order flower seed business in Minneapolis in 1891. She cultivated women customers by sending out smaller 5 inch by 7 inch catalogs with colorful covers during her early years of business.

A young girl admires a Crimson Queen Giant petunia on the 1898 Carrie Lippincott catalog cover. Carrie Lippincott, the self-proclaimed "pioneer seedswoman" and "first woman in the flower seed industry" established her mail-order flower seed business in Minneapolis in 1891. She cultivated women customers by sending out smaller 5 inch by 7 inch catalogs with colorful covers during her early years of business.

The 1909 Lippincott catalog was the first year the catalog departed from its previous 5 inch by 7 inch format.  Carrie Lippincott, the self-proclaimed "pioneer seedswoman" and "first woman in the flower seed industry" established her mail-order flower seed business in Minneapolis in 1891.

The 1909 Lippincott catalog was the first year the catalog departed from its previous 5 inch by 7 inch format. Carrie Lippincott, the self-proclaimed "pioneer seedswoman" and "first woman in the flower seed industry" established her mail-order flower seed business in Minneapolis in 1891.

A young girl holds New Comet asters on the cover of the Carrie Lippincott 1900 catalog.  Carrie Lippincott, the self-proclaimed "pioneer seedswoman" and "first woman in the flower seed industry" established her mail-order flower seed business in Minneapolis in 1891. She cultivated women customers by sending out smaller 5 inch by 7 inch catalogs with colorful covers during her early years of business.

A young girl holds New Comet asters on the cover of the Carrie Lippincott 1900 catalog. Carrie Lippincott, the self-proclaimed "pioneer seedswoman" and "first woman in the flower seed industry" established her mail-order flower seed business in Minneapolis in 1891. She cultivated women customers by sending out smaller 5 inch by 7 inch catalogs with colorful covers during her early years of business.

The back cover of Carrie Lippincott's 1908 catalog shows a banner with her initials and an abundance of asters. Carrie Lippincott, the self-proclaimed "pioneer seedswoman" and "first woman in the flower seed industry" established her mail-order flower seed business in Minneapolis in 1891. Sending out smaller 5 inch by 7 inch catalogs with colorful covers, her business was aimed at women customers.

The back cover of Carrie Lippincott's 1908 catalog shows a banner with her initials and an abundance of asters. Carrie Lippincott, the self-proclaimed "pioneer seedswoman" and "first woman in the flower seed industry" established her mail-order flower seed business in Minneapolis in 1891. Sending out smaller 5 inch by 7 inch catalogs with colorful covers, her business was aimed at women customers.

Dated at 1893, this catalog is the earliest Carrie Lippicott catalog in Andersen Horticultural Library's collection.  There is no color on the front or back covers, and the catalog is only 28 pages.  Carrie Lippincott, the self-proclaimed "pioneer seedswoman" and "first woman in the flower seed industry" established her mail-order flower seed business in Minneapolis in 1891.

Dated at 1893, this catalog is the earliest Carrie Lippicott catalog in Andersen Horticultural Library's collection. There is no color on the front or back covers, and the catalog is only 28 pages. Carrie Lippincott, the self-proclaimed "pioneer seedswoman" and "first woman in the flower seed industry" established her mail-order flower seed business in Minneapolis in 1891.