The postcard above is one of a series of twelve postcards with 1912 monthly calendars and timely advertising of hardware products. The main illustration shows a person from the Colonial era engaged in an activity with a tool. A small image of a contemporary tool adjoins a written advertising message. This March postcard is about gardening tools and features a wheelbarrow.
The Colonial gentleman's garden was his recreation, his health, and his pride, as it is with good people everywhere today. Half the pleasure is in having the right tools – special hoes, forks, hooks, spades and trowels for different uses – post-hole diggers, garden plows, steel wheelbarrows, every modern tool and implement essential to a blooming garden or a well-kept lawn, including grass flower and vegetable seeds. Spring is here – the garden calls – come and get your tools! We'll make the price right.
The postcard below is one that was sent to my father about 50 years later (and 50 years ago now) from a local Nursery & Garden Center. A variety of garden tools are pictured. The tools look much like the garden tools still in use, but the design of the bagged products has a definite vintage look.
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