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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Seed Catalogs of Yore

I read about these old seed catalogs in Marcine's blog, A Clock Without Hands. Marcine spent one Sunday evening browsing through the Smithsonian Library Seed Catalog and these are some of her favorites. I think they would make great postcards and posters. I'm astounded at the high quality of design for these rather mundane items -- illustrations in seed catalogs! Aren't they startlingly beautiful?

You can find more of Marcine's ephemera favorites on Flickr.














20 Comments:

Blogger Nora said...

these are pretty! thanks for sharing :)

August 4, 2009 at 4:07 PM  
Blogger LouDuk said...

Wow. Those are beautiful. I am impressed.

August 4, 2009 at 4:17 PM  
Blogger Cassie said...

Very pretty. :)

August 4, 2009 at 5:54 PM  
Blogger Jill of All Trades said...

Love these. A few years ago Burpee's catalog had some reprints of old ones that I loved and had framed for my kitchen. In fact the colors were the basis of two kitchens.

August 4, 2009 at 6:09 PM  
Blogger Lindsey said...

Those are gorgeous!

{ Lindsey }
http://greatfullday.blogspot.com

August 4, 2009 at 6:39 PM  
Blogger TheBeautyFile said...

Beautiful prints! I absolutely love these!

August 4, 2009 at 8:09 PM  
Blogger Simply Mel said...

It makes me so happy when a seed catalog felt the necessity to use such exquisite pieces of art!

August 4, 2009 at 8:47 PM  
Blogger Mademoiselle Frou-Frou said...

this is such a pretty post - i love it!! great job!!!
xox

August 4, 2009 at 9:18 PM  
Blogger k.o'brien jewelry said...

i have some beautiful seed packets which were sent from sweden. i can't part with them. thanks for reminding me I need to take a better look at them.

August 4, 2009 at 10:03 PM  
Blogger Elise said...

Wow these are amazing - thank you so much for sharing !

August 5, 2009 at 12:58 AM  
Blogger Yvonne Anderson said...

Me like!

August 5, 2009 at 1:14 AM  
Blogger Indie.Tea said...

O how pretty those are....

August 5, 2009 at 2:11 AM  
Blogger Heini said...

Oh, how adorable are these!

August 5, 2009 at 3:29 AM  
Blogger caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

these are so lovely! I'm in love with the last one, a jasmine I think? thanks so much for your sweet wishes! xo

August 5, 2009 at 5:28 AM  
Blogger The Lil Bee said...

They would be so pretty hanging in a bathroom or boudoir, wouldn't they?!

August 5, 2009 at 7:36 AM  
Blogger Living and Loving In L.A. said...

I love vintage seeds! Wouldn't those be pretty framed in a series in your kitchen? So exquisite! Thanks for sharing! XO!

August 5, 2009 at 7:55 AM  
Blogger Tina Tarnoff said...

I would love to have these framed on my wall, they are amazing. THey remind me of Cafe Cartolina cards (here is the link to her blog http://cafecartolina.blogspot.com/, she's amazing!)

August 5, 2009 at 11:44 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

The illustrations are just lovely. I love vintage packaging. It's amazing how much they used to put into making ordinary products look beautiful.

August 5, 2009 at 12:45 PM  
Blogger Joanne said...

So beautiful!! Makes me want to grow flowers! :)

August 5, 2009 at 6:51 PM  
Blogger Janet said...

Lovely!

August 7, 2009 at 11:52 AM  

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