Aug 04, 2009

by English Muse

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.

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20 Responses to “Seed Catalogs of Yore”

  1. Nora says:

    these are pretty! thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. LouDuk says:

    Wow. Those are beautiful. I am impressed.

  3. Cassie says:

    Very pretty. 🙂

  4. Jill of All Trades says:

    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.

  5. Lindsey says:

    Those are gorgeous!

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

  6. TheBeautyFile says:

    Beautiful prints! I absolutely love these!

  7. Simply Mel says:

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

  8. Mademoiselle Frou-Frou says:

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

  9. k.o'brien jewelry says:

    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.

  10. Elise says:

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

  11. Yvonne Anderson says:

    Me like!

  12. Indie.Tea says:

    O how pretty those are….

  13. Heini says:

    Oh, how adorable are these!

  14. caroline @ patagonia gifts says:

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

  15. The Lil Bee says:

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

  16. Living and Loving In L.A. says:

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

  17. Tina Tarnoff says:

    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!)

  18. Amy says:

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

  19. Joanne says:

    So beautiful!! Makes me want to grow flowers! 🙂

  20. Janet says:

    Lovely!

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