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One of my most favorite catalogs and one that I collect just too look at from time to time is
R H Shumway's Seeds. The catalog is like receiving an art book in the mail.
The front and back cover always has the most beautiful drawn and colored pictures on them.......
The inside is full of wonderful illustrated drawings of fruits and vegetables in the most delightful way!
There is such a rich history in R H Shumway Seed Company and I thought you might enjoy reading a little about it.
R. H. Shumway is the name of both a mail-order seed company, one time the largest in the world, and its founder Roland H. Shumway, most popularly known as R. H. Shumway "The Pioneer Seedsman
Shumway was born July 26, 1842 at his family farm in Kishwaukee, Illinois. By 1881, his company was expanding so the company relocated to South First street in order to accommodate larger facilities. By his death in 1925, it was the largest in the world, shipping 200,000 catalogues per year
Shumway died in Rockford on the evening of December 30, 1925 from injuries suffered after being hit by an automobile three days prior. After his death, his son Myron Shumway assumed responsibilities of the company. M. Raymond "Ray" Shumway ran the large mail-order business until he died of heart disease on March 16, 1933
In the 1980s the rights to the name were purchased and, after some effort to publicly rediscover the lines of seeds once carried, began operation, continuing to this day.
Today the R.H. Seed Company name belongs to J W Jung Seed Company.
R. H. Seed Company, as always, has maintained the same guarantee: No genetically modified seed or plants are knowingly sold by Shumway. They are defined as mechanical transfer of genetic material between genera, families or kingdoms. R. H. Seed Company sells vegetable seeds and flower seeds including many old-time and heirloom varieties
So tell me.............what is your favorite seed catalog or company?
Do you like flower seed best or vegetable?.........or perhaps both?
I would love to hear!