Monday, April 6, 2015

page 130 -- Joseph Breck & Sons

updated 17 January 2016
located at nos. 51 & 52 North Market St., Boston, MA
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This page of Emma Jane Arnold's scrapbook was devoted to the cover of the February 1883 seed catalog published by Joseph Breck & Sons:

Image from Biodiversity Heritage Library which has the complete catalog!
Seed catalogs are not merely listings of seeds for sale, although if they were only that, they would still be valuable repositories of information on heirloom varieties and other matters of historical and biological interest. Below are pages from the 1 February 1883 Breck catalog on the BHL site that give visitors a good idea of the everyday experiences of 19th century gardeners.



Further explanation of the importance of seed catalogs as a repository of essential historical information is presented by the BHL blog, presented in part below:


The Smithsonian Library also has a number of seed catalogs available for the public to view.

Wikipedia has a brief biography of Joseph Breck, who founded the company bearing his name in 1818.


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