Monday, May 9, 2011

Tulip - Farmer Seed & Nursery Co.

This tulip postcard was published by Manz Engraving Company, Chicago. There is advertising for Farmer Seed & Nursery Co., Faribault, Minnesota below the picture:
Tulips, Narcissus, Hyacinths and other early spring blooming bulbs must be planted in the Fall. Nothing in the line of hardy flowers can be grown as easily and will give better results. Write for illustrated price list.

Farmer Seed & Nursery Co. has been in business in Faribault since the 1880s, and their building is on the National Register of Historic Places. They have a website and an online catalog.

This type of Manz Engraving Company flower postcard was available with advertising on the front or back, or with no advertising. My postcard has advertising only on the front. It has a handwritten message on the back and was sent from Winnebago, Minnesota in 1916 to a sister in Vernon Center, Minnesota. Another postcard of this type that I saw on the web has no advertising on the front and has a form printed on the back used to announce a shipment in 1914 from a New York seed company.


  1. Beautiful postcard. I wonder how many variations were made? (different flowers, ad copy, etc.) Nice!


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