Three ears of "the corn that never disappoints" fill the space on the back cover of the 1914 Farmer Seed & Nursery Co. catalog. Golden Jewel, Silver Jewel, and Northwestern Dent are the varieties beautifully rendered and marketed for sale here. Farmer Seed & Nursery originated in Faribault, MN in 1888. Andersen Horticultural Library hosts a collection of vintage Farmer Seed & Nursery catalogs.
"Stand behind the government and plant 'Farmer Brand Seeds' " is the admonishment on the 1918 cover of the Farmer Seed & Nursery catalog. In light of WWI, the company explains further on page one that "the American farmer and gardener is looked upon as the backbone of the country in surviving the present crisis." A collection of vintage Farmer Seed & Nursery catalogs can be found at the Andersen Horticultural Library.