Burbank's Fruitful Spineless Cactus, Santa Rosa, California, circa 1908

Summary

Luther Burbank (1849-1926), an American horticulturalist, devoted years of research to perfect spineless cacti as a new livestock feed that could free acreage for crops to feed humans. Others sought new sources of livestock feed to sustain arid range land and the American ranching tradition. Fraudulent distribution of cactus purported to be Burbank's invention caused him to retreat from public engagement and recommit himself to research.

Luther Burbank (1849-1926), an American horticulturalist, devoted years of research to perfect spineless cacti as a new livestock feed that could free acreage for crops to feed humans. Others sought new sources of livestock feed to sustain arid range land and the American ranching tradition. Fraudulent distribution of cactus purported to be Burbank's invention caused him to retreat from public engagement and recommit himself to research.

Artifact

Postcard

Subject Date

circa 1908

Collection Title

Luther Burbank Papers 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

00.4.7142.5

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Printing (Process)

Color

Multicolored

Dimensions

Height: 3.438 in

Width: 5.375 in

Inscriptions

on front: 2432 - Burbank's Fruitful Spineless Cactus, Santa Rosa, California.

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