January 15, 2010

A Taste of Spring - Vintage Seed Catalog

The Original Victory Gardens

I love old seed catalogs.  This is one of my favorites.  A Salzer Seed Catalog from 1941!

Salzer cover
The pictures have that beautiful vintage look but more interesting is that this catalog is dated January 2, 1941 putting it at a very important time in history - the midst of WW 2.  The era of the original Victory Garden. Within the pages there is a letter from the president of Salzer Seeds, Mr. Kenneth E. Salzer, encouraging Americans to plant gardens to help their country. You should read it.  It's really cool. (Click on the images to enlarge for reading / viewing.)

If you read this letter from the president you have to get the sense that life is coming full circle.  Moving back to eating local.

Salzer flowers 1
Salzer flowers 2
Salzer veggies
Purty, huh?   Spring is in the air!  OK - so I'm exaggerating.  Let's just call it a burst of color on a drabby winter day.

I am joining Tootsie’s Fertilizer Friday so check it out.  There’s always lots of pretties!



Tootsie said...

wow...what a great treasure to have!!! I have seed catalogs a plenty...but they are not old...I hope one day to get my hands on one of these! such wonderful pictures they have!
thanks for joining in this week with me!

Betty's corner of the world said...

Hi Maureen ... First I want to tell you how much I enjoy your blog ... it makes me feel like digging in the dirt .. I can't wait and I hope my back holds up. .. I also want to tell you that I agree with you about the little squirrels ... I love looking out my window watching them playing and running up and down the trees ... I also agree with you about them being hard workers .. they play hard and work hard .. They are really pretty little things and I love that they live in my yard.
PS .. thanks for vising my blog.
Hugz ...Betty