New York. The Mayflower et al. No date. Ca. late 1890s.
Group of SIX sheets from nursery catalogues with chromo illustrations on one side (3 from The Mayflower magazine with blank versos, 3 from unidentified publications with text and black and white illustrations on verso). Sheets vary from 10 to 12 inches in height. Good displayable condition (please see photos). Flowers included Cannas, Begonia, Abutilons, Primula. Brightly colored. A fascinating blog on the Smithsonian Library website notes of the publisher of the Mayflower: Born on May 13, 1856, John Lewis Childs grew up and lived in Buckland, Maine. Through his desire to become a specialist in floriculture, Childs traveled from Buckland to East Hinsdale to practice under the tutelage of established seed and flower grower, C.L. Allen. In 1874, after completing his apprenticeship, Childs became his own man and began a seed catalogue business in 1875, that soon blossomed into other ventures and opportunities. His seed catalogues were lavishly decorated and documented the prices of a variety of seeds for plants, flowers and vegetables available for sale. His magazine, The Mayflower, offered gardening maintenance tips and gained an international audience, generating over 23 volumes from 1885-1906. Item #56416