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 πŸ™‚

  2. LouDuk says:

    Wow. Those are beautiful. I am impressed.

  3. Cassie says:

    Very pretty. πŸ™‚

  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 }

  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!!!

  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, 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! πŸ™‚

  20. Janet says:


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