Hiram Sibley & Co. "Onion Giant Rocca" Seed Packet, Used in the C.W. Barnes Store, 1882-1888

Summary

Distributing seeds required sealing them into little packets or "papers" constructed like envelopes. Seed companies advertised their businesses on these packets, illustrated the vegetable with hand-colored images, and specified growing directions, sometimes in multiple languages. Hiram Sibley and Co. packaged collections of vegetable seeds in specially designed boxes and shipped them to general stores for sale to home gardeners.

Distributing seeds required sealing them into little packets or "papers" constructed like envelopes. Seed companies advertised their businesses on these packets, illustrated the vegetable with hand-colored images, and specified growing directions, sometimes in multiple languages. Hiram Sibley and Co. packaged collections of vegetable seeds in specially designed boxes and shipped them to general stores for sale to home gardeners.

Artifact

Seed packet

Date Made

1882-1888

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

29.1987.18.63

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Printing (Process)

Color

Orange yellow
Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Width: 2.625 in

Height: 3.875 in

Inscriptions

on front: ONION / GIANT ROCCA / SEND FOR OUR ILLUSTRATED CATALOGUE... / HIRAM SIBLEY & CO. / ROCHESTER, N.Y. & CHICAGO, ILL.

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