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Seed Catalogs: World's Fairs

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In their seed catalogs, American nurseries routinely touted international honors won at recent World's Fairs in hopes of stoking sales. These catalogs often feature beautiful illustrations and other cover art. Pins come from the seed catalog collection of the Andersen Horticultural Library.
From the collection at Andersen Horticultural Library. Nursery publications often tout major awards won by that company at world’s fairs and other horticultural exhibitions. New York-based Vaughan’s Seed Store – winners of “the best three hyacinths for pot culture” at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago – issued the above in autumn 1893.

From the collection at Andersen Horticultural Library. Nursery publications often tout major awards won by that company at world’s fairs and other horticultural exhibitions. New York-based Vaughan’s Seed Store – winners of “the best three hyacinths for pot culture” at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago – issued the above in autumn 1893.

From the collection at Andersen Horticultural Library. Nursery publications often showcase exhibits from recent world’s fairs and other horticultural exhibitions. Peter Henderson & Co.’s seed catalog from 1901 depicts landscaping at the famed “Crystal Palace” of Victorian London.

From the collection at Andersen Horticultural Library. Nursery publications often showcase exhibits from recent world’s fairs and other horticultural exhibitions. Peter Henderson & Co.’s seed catalog from 1901 depicts landscaping at the famed “Crystal Palace” of Victorian London.

From the collection at Andersen Horticultural Library. Seed catalogs and related publications often tout honors won by that nursey at world’s fairs and other horticultural exhibitions. The cover of Peter Henderson & Co.’s 1901 seed catalog depicts Henderson hyacinths grown on the grounds of the 1901 Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, NY.

From the collection at Andersen Horticultural Library. Seed catalogs and related publications often tout honors won by that nursey at world’s fairs and other horticultural exhibitions. The cover of Peter Henderson & Co.’s 1901 seed catalog depicts Henderson hyacinths grown on the grounds of the 1901 Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, NY.

From the collection at Andersen Horticultural Library. Seed catalogs often tout major awards won by that nursey at world’s fairs and other horticultural exhibitions. The cover of Fuller, J. Roscoe & Co.’s 1905 seed catalog highlights their silver medal won at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair.

From the collection at Andersen Horticultural Library. Seed catalogs often tout major awards won by that nursey at world’s fairs and other horticultural exhibitions. The cover of Fuller, J. Roscoe & Co.’s 1905 seed catalog highlights their silver medal won at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair.

From the collection at Andersen Horticultural Library. Nursery publications often tout major awards won by that company at world’s fairs and other horticultural exhibitions. New York-based Vaughan’s Seed Store – winners of “the only award for pansy mixture at the World’s Columbian Exposition” in Chicago – issued the above in 1897.

From the collection at Andersen Horticultural Library. Nursery publications often tout major awards won by that company at world’s fairs and other horticultural exhibitions. New York-based Vaughan’s Seed Store – winners of “the only award for pansy mixture at the World’s Columbian Exposition” in Chicago – issued the above in 1897.

From the collection at Andersen Horticultural Library.  Morse Seed Co.’s 1915 Garden Guide pictures the Palace of Horticulture from the  Panama-Pacific International Exposition located in San Francisco. As its name suggests, the 1915 Exposition celebrated the completion of the Panama Canal.

From the collection at Andersen Horticultural Library. Morse Seed Co.’s 1915 Garden Guide pictures the Palace of Horticulture from the Panama-Pacific International Exposition located in San Francisco. As its name suggests, the 1915 Exposition celebrated the completion of the Panama Canal.

From the collection at Andersen Horticultural Library. Nurseries historically have a large presence at world’s fairs and other horticultural exhibitions. New York-based Vaughan’s Seed Store issued a special edition of their 1893 seed catalog for the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

From the collection at Andersen Horticultural Library. Nurseries historically have a large presence at world’s fairs and other horticultural exhibitions. New York-based Vaughan’s Seed Store issued a special edition of their 1893 seed catalog for the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

From the collection at Andersen Horticultural Library. Nurseries historically have a large presence at world’s fairs and other horticultural exhibitions. Philadelphia-based D. Landreth & Sons issued a special edition of their 1893 seed catalog for the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

From the collection at Andersen Horticultural Library. Nurseries historically have a large presence at world’s fairs and other horticultural exhibitions. Philadelphia-based D. Landreth & Sons issued a special edition of their 1893 seed catalog for the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

From the collection at Andersen Horticultural Library. Nursery publications often tout major awards won by that company at world’s fairs and other horticultural exhibitions. The cover of the Spring 1906 edition of Currie Brothers Co.’s “Farm and Garden Annual” highlighted honors from the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair.

From the collection at Andersen Horticultural Library. Nursery publications often tout major awards won by that company at world’s fairs and other horticultural exhibitions. The cover of the Spring 1906 edition of Currie Brothers Co.’s “Farm and Garden Annual” highlighted honors from the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair.

From the collection at Andersen Horticultural Library. Seed catalogs and related publications often tout major awards won by that nursey at world’s fairs and other horticultural exhibitions. The cover of Currie Brothers Co.’s 1905 farm and garden annual highlighted honors from the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair (including “the only GRAND prize for garden and seed farms”).

From the collection at Andersen Horticultural Library. Seed catalogs and related publications often tout major awards won by that nursey at world’s fairs and other horticultural exhibitions. The cover of Currie Brothers Co.’s 1905 farm and garden annual highlighted honors from the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair (including “the only GRAND prize for garden and seed farms”).

From the collection at Andersen Horticultural Library. Seed catalogs often tout major honors won by that company at recent world’s fairs and other horticultural exhibitions. This 1916 publication from Morse Seed Co. highlights the Morse snapdragons featured throughout the grounds at the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco.

From the collection at Andersen Horticultural Library. Seed catalogs often tout major honors won by that company at recent world’s fairs and other horticultural exhibitions. This 1916 publication from Morse Seed Co. highlights the Morse snapdragons featured throughout the grounds at the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco.

From the collection at Andersen Horticultural Library. Nursery publications often tout major awards won by that company at world’s fairs and other horticultural exhibitions. St. Louis Seed Co. issued the above in 1913, advertising seven awards won “against competition from all over the world” at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis.

From the collection at Andersen Horticultural Library. Nursery publications often tout major awards won by that company at world’s fairs and other horticultural exhibitions. St. Louis Seed Co. issued the above in 1913, advertising seven awards won “against competition from all over the world” at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis.


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