Seed Catalogs: Jessie Prior
Jessie Prior was one of the three Minneapolis-based seedswomen at the end of the 19th Century. Unlike the other seedswomen, she grew her own seeds on a farm near Lake Minnetonka. In competition with Lippincott and White, speculation rose about her role in the company, given its address was her husband’s law firm and the company was in his name. The other two seedswomen used colorful marketing schemes to emphasize their gender in light of these speculations about control of Prior’s company.
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