Seed Catalogs: Carrie Lippincott

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.
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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.

’ Illustrated back cover of Lippincott Flower Seeds Miss C. Hudson, Wis, and Minneapolis, Minn.

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

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.

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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.

Miss C H Lippincott Catalog 1891 The C. Lippincott Seed Company was the seed company in the United States to be founded & man.

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.

Giant Petunia Vintage Flower Seeds from Miss C. Lippincott U. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library

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. She showcased the fragrant but unassuming mignonette on the cover!

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.

Beautifully-gowned women and a lovely New Climbing Nasturtium grace the back cover of Carrie Lippincott's 1898 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.

Early American Gardens: Who was the mysterious feminist seed dealer & marketing genius Miss Carrie H.

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.

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