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Burpee Seed Contest, 1924
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Norma Marlin,
East Brook, Pa.
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[[stamped]]AUG 15 1924[[/stamped]]
[[#4681]]
[[Ans 8/28/24]]
East Brook, Pa.,
For Prize Contest.
What Burpees Seeds Have Done For Me.
They have added new interests to life. Winter days were brightened by
reading 'Burpee's Annual.' Valuable knowledge of plants and their
culture was attained. Visions of wonderful flowers and prize-winning
vegetables were ours. Seeds ordered from Burpees were sown in
hotbed. Interested family and neighbors watched their growth. Inquiries
were made as to whether seeds had been purchased from village store
or city firm. On replying From Burpee Co. Philadelphia, one said, "Their
seeds are high priced, but cheaper than inferior grades for they are
twice tested & guaranteed to be the best. They grow & produce the
finest vegetables."
Instead of a city backyard an acre of fertile land became ours. Seeds of
our grandmother's favorite flowers both annual and perennial were
planted in borders, vegetable seedlings transplanted to the garden.
Weeks passed and painstaking labor was awarded by the most
delicious vegetables and loveliest flowers
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These were shared [[strikethrough]]by[[/strikethrough]] ^[with] neighbors
and invalid friends in city apartments. Ahead awaits us the treat of
having 'Burpee's Evergreen corn,' 'Fordhook lima's,' Boston unrivaled
pease of third planting and celery!
Hurrah for Burpee Seeds!!
Yours in Recommendation,
Norma Marlin
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#4682
Grace L. Hegeman,
R.F.D. #3,
Ballston, N.Y.
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[[stamped]]AUG 15 1924[[/stamped]]
[[#4682]]
[[Ans 8/28/24]]
W Atlee Burpee.
Philadelphia.
Penn.
Dear Sirs:
For years I have grown a great variety of plants from Burpees seeds and
bulbs and been delighted with results obtained, by carefully following
instructions given on the leaflets sent by them, it has certainly been a
source of pleasure and profit and brought me many dollars in various
ways.
I have found satisfaction [[underlined]]just[[/underlined]] in selecting
seeds from Burpees beautiful catalogue each spring [[underlined]]second[[underlined]] in planting these seeds and watching
for the first tiny sprout to spring from the soil. By experience I have
proved that Burpees seeds are pure, [[underlined]]germinate
quickly[[/underlined]] and [[underlined]]in due time with good
care[[/underlined]] produce strong nature plants
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which supply our home with perfect flowers, and delicious fruit and
vegetables that cannot be excelled in any way.
Each morning I watch abed of Burpees California poppies slowly open
their petals of orange and gold until they are a mass of gorgeous
beauty-many a neighbor admires with me their lovliness I am thankful for Burpees seeds and what they have done for our farm
and garden and the home in general Very Truly YoursGrace L. Hegeman
Ballston
RF.D.#3. NY.
Aug 13, 1924.
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#4683
Mrs. W.A. Liebhardt,
Ladysmith, Wisc.
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[[stamped]] AUG 18 1924 [[/stamped]]
[[#4683]]
[[Ans 8/28/24]]
"For Prize Contest"
Some of the most wonderful flowers and vegetables I have ever seen
has been grown from Burpee's Seeds. For the market they are
unserpassed, the vegetables are so even in size, and shape, with that
tender skin and flesh, makes them very attractive and palatable. This
shows the superior quality which I never saw so plain in any other
seeds. My mother used Burpees seed when I was a small child and I
have made 27 gardens of my own using Burpee's seeds each year. I
have had ladies say, I did not know pansies grew so large as yours
where did you get the seed? - at Burpee's. Our neighbors speak so
often what a fine looking garden we have, and the quality of our
vegtables. Why not be a live wire and buy the very best.
Just one comparison - A neighbor was looking at my garden this spring,
she said what large raddishes and such small tops, mine are all tops
and no raddishes She said I buy my see by the bulk I get more. A very
few cents difference and [[underlined]] she grows tops, and I grow
raddishes. [[/underlined]]
Mrs. W.A. Liebhardt.
Ladysmith Wis
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#4684
W.L. Pirl,
2206 Wagner Ave.,
Wesleyville, Pa.
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[[stamped]]AUG 15 1924[[/stamped]]
[[#4684]]
[[Ans 8/28/24]]
For Prize Contest
Last year I bought a place that had and still has great possibilities
The lawn was poor and weedy and there were but very few flowers
Burpees lawn seed is gradually replacing the weedy lawn and I have
several annuals and one bed of perennials that bloomed this year and
have several varieties of plants started for another flower bed which will
be arranged this fall for blooming another year
I raise my own perennial plants and as I find I can raise them much
more cheaply than I can buy plants also I have better success in
transplanting losing practically none
A few dollars spent in seeds and I will have increased the value of my
property a thousand dollars.
Besides the monetary value derived from planting Burpee's Seeds I get
great benefit to my health from working among the flowers and
vegetables
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Last but not least is the pleasure derived from watching the
development a seed into a plant, the growing to maturity and finally the
bloom.
I use Burpees seeds as I find them the best to germinate, always
proving true to type
W. L. Peir
2206 Wagner Ave
Wesleyville, Pa
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#4685
Irene Grant,
3025 Mt. Vernon Ave.,
Milwaukee, Wisc.
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[[stamped]]AUG 15 1924[[/stamped]]
[[#4685]]
[[Ans 8/28/24]]
3025- Mount Vernon Ave.
Milwaukee, Wis.
August, 12, 1924
For Prize Contest:
Dear Sirs:
Last spring we ordered some seeds from you and found them superior
to others planted in former years.
We planted a row of Fordhook orange, Giant White, Honor Bright,
Sunset, Lilac Pink and Orchid Improved and found them the finest
Sweet Peas in our neighborhood. We supplied the neighbors, the
Church and our family with lovely, fragrant, interesting bouquets all
summer.
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We also planted some phlox and the plants from two packages of seed
were so much larger and better than expected that we thinned them out
and made a lovely plot of bright beautiful healthy plants
In a flower box on an upstairs balcony we planted the pansy seeds.
They have been a source of wonder and joy ever since they began to
bloom. The blossoms are so large and of such beautiful coloring and
marking that they are almost like human faces. The Imperial Blue is the
only true blue pansy I have seen and is my favorite
We also planted a few rows of vegetables. The seeds however came
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up so well that we had twice the amount expected at planting time.
One is safe in lauding Burpee Seeds and hereafter we are customers of
the Burpee Company and I am safe in saying that our neighbors we
have gardens will be also.
Thanking you for our pleasure in a city garden this year, I remain,
Irene Grant.
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#4686
Mrs. J. Lee Scot,
Union Church, Miss.
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[[Ans 8/28/24]]
195 words.
For Prize Contest.
Twenty four years ago I bought my first seed from Burpee and since
then have been a satisfied customer many times.
Burpee's seeds have done so much for me in so many different ways
that I hardly know where to begin.
They have helped me to beautify my home and also to brighten other
lives for I have given away thousands of cut flowers, plants, cuttings,
seeds etc.
They have strengthened me physically when after years of invalidism I
regained my health, I bought seed and started a flower garden.
At first an hour's work exhausted me but I kept at it and now I can work
six hours a day in my garden.
However this is not the greatest thing Burpee's seeds have done for me.
When I lift my eyes from the weary every-day round to look through my
kitchen window, instead of bare hard ground I see and sense the beauty
of myriad blossoms and know that with my hands I have helped to make
such beauty.
I cannot help feeling uplifted and inspired to higher things and my prayer
is, that I may say "My soul is like a watered garden."
Union Church, Mississippi.
[[signed]] Mrs J Lee Scott [[/signed]]
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Union Church, Mississippi. Aug.12th,1924.
W. A. Burpee.
Philadelphia, Penn.
Dear Sir.
In this morning's mail I sent a letter for the prize contest and after the
letter had been mailed I counted the words in my copy and found that I
had a few more words than the prescribed number allowed. I was so
very much distressed over it and am revising it a little or rather cutting
down some of the words making it 195.
I had planned ever since receiving the catalogue early in the year to try
in this contest but was under the impression that the time limit was
August 31st.
I rose from my bed this morning and had it on my mind when examining
the catalogue found that the time was just enough to take my letter to
Philadelphia. So I want you to throw out the letter [[strikethrough]]
yesterday [[/strikethrough]] containing the excess of words.
I am trusting that this will reach you in time for the contest. If I should win
the first prize it would mean a year of college for my daughter.
Very sincerely yours,
[[signed]] Mrs. J. Lee Scott. [[/signed]]
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#4688
Mrs. G. G. Hatley,
Route #5, Box #49-B,
Memphis, Tenn.
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[[stamped]] AUG 15 1924[[/stamped]]
[[#4688]]
[[Ans 8/28/24]]
For Prize Contest,
[[underlined]] A Passport to Tonics. [[/underlined]]
[[underlined]] Some years ago [[/underlined]] my attention was attracted
to the Ad. Of W. A. Burpee & Co., in a leading magazine. The fairy - like
Sweet Pea blossoms, and luscious looking Tomatoes were so
fascinating that I could not resist ordering seeds. Before that year I had
never felt much interest in gardening, but those seeds caused me to be
bitten by the gardening hobby bug – both floral and vegetable.
The numberless surprises and delights I have experienced, and the
lasting benefit to health from the hours spent out-doors adds much to
the joy of life.
The first tonic of the year is when
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[[underlined]] #2 [[/underlined]]
the seed catalogue arrives in January. One cannot frown or be snappish
or cross while perusing the fascinating pages. The making of the list –
how that list does grow! Much courage is required to separate the "I can
have's" from the "I want's" But revisions must be made to make purse,
strength and space dovetail together for a finished whole.
Then the joy of anticipation.
Glorious hours outdoors digging and planting.
The thrills, enjoyment and healthful properties derived from one's own
fresh vegetables.
The pleasure in both possessing and giving away flowers and
vegetables.
Mrs. G. G. Hatley,
Route 5 – Box 49-B.
-Memphis, Tenn.
8/12/24
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#4689
S. Denny James,
8 Parkwood Ave.,
Baltimore, Md.
Raspbury P.O.
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[[stamped]] AUG 15 1924[[/stamped]]
[[#4689]]
[[Ans 8/28/24]]
[[underline]] For Prize Contest [[/underline]]
Balto Md 8/13/24
W Atlee Burpee Co
Phila Pa
In entering your contest for Prize, My say is "yours Truly, Burpee, First,
Last and alway the Best" I have bought and used them, and they have
never failed me, if they had half a chance, in 20 years
and I know How to Garden, and what good Seed are worth I buy no
other if its reasonable to get Burpee's
Yours Truly, & Faithfully
S Denny James
#8 Parkwood Ave
Raspbury P.O. Balto Md
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Formerly of
[[illegible scribble]] Jilyhman Md
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#4690
Dora M. Hansford,
Park City, Montana.
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[[stamped]] AUG 15 1924 [[/stamped]]
[[#4690]]
[[Ans 8/28/24]]
"For Prize Contest"
"What Burpee's Seeds Have Done For Me."
In 1915 we purchased six acres of ideal soil, and built a home. The
following year or two we planted garden, but had very poor results. Our
soil was the best ^[[attainable]] especially for garden truck.
Remembering that Father always planted Burpee's Seed, I suggested to
my husband that we give them a trial order. In the spring we placed
duplicate seed orders with several seed
compani[[strikethrough]]y[[/strikethrough]]es including "Burpee Seed
Co." That year we had success with Burpee Seeds, particularly the
tomatoes, which is our main crop. As a result each year since we have
bought large orders of seeds from Burpee - In fact have sent in club
orders for our friends and neighbors.
In order to conserve the vegetables, we investigated the canning
process, bought a
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pressure cooker, Burpee can Sealer, and tin cans by the thousand, and
canned and canned, now our cellar is always well stocked with canned
fruits and vegetables.
We know when we order "Burpee's Seed", that we will get what we
order, and when we plant "Burpee's Seed" they will grow and be true to
their type, color and catalog description.
Dora M. Hansford,
Park City,
Mont.
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#4692
Cecil Clark,
Union City, Pa.
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[[#4692]]
[[Ans 8/28/24]]
For Prize Contest
WHAT BURPEE'S SEEDS HAVE DONE FOR ME
With six dollar's worth of Burpee's seeds this year, we have had all the
vegetables we have wanted for our table, and see a promise of
continued opulence through the fall and winter. We have already canned
peas, and shall probably can corn, beans, and tomatoes, besides drying
some of them, and storing winter vegetables.
And in addition to our own enjoyment of the garden, we have fattened
some twentyfive woodchucks – unwittingly –
[[strikethrough]]illegible[[strikethrough]] have supported a large family of
rabbits – unintentionally – furnished a nest of young crows with one
day's foraging before we discovered them – all of seven rows of Black
Mexican corn they got – as well as supplying an occasional mouthful to
the neighbors cows and ducks. We are also feeding one stray
vegetarian cat who takes her vegetables cooked.
People who do not raise their own corn and peas can never know what
good corn and peas are. The sweetness of these vegetables properly
cooked, is a question of minutes betwen the garden and the kettle,
instead of days. Our city visitors think that we cook sugar with our peas!
We feel, as do the crows and woodchucks, that we have had ample
return for our six dollar investment.
Cecil Clark
Union City, Pa.
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#4693
Miss Jessie Warner,
Pine 704,
Wamego, Kansas.
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[[stamped]] AUG 15 1924 [[/stamped]]
[[#4693]]
[[Ans 8/28/24]]
"For Prize Contest"
[[underlined]] number of words 198 [[/underlined]]
What Burpee's Seeds have done for me.
First of all I will just say this: Seeds were just seeds, come hit, come
miss; 'Till one day I tryed Mr. Burpee's seeds, And found they answered
all my needs. Then some difference I did see, Between the mongrel,
and the pure Burpee. From Burpee's seeds I could raise any thing;
From richest flowers, to the sweet string bean. Other's seeds I've tried,
to see If they would equal those of Burpee. But none have I found that
came up to his. Either in lusciousness, beauty, or size.
I love to live in my garden now. Just to watch things into beauty grow.
And I love to [[underlined]]give[[/underlined]] from my garden fair. To
those in need, and to friends most dear. And thus to lend a ray of cheer.
There is one thing I have learned for sure; Always use the [[double
underline]] best [[/double underline]], the seeds that are [[double
underline]] pure [[/double underline]], And those [[underline]] "best"
[[/underline]] seeds I have learned to see, Are raised by Mr W. Atlee
Burpee. But Burpee we should not always laud, For we should give
some of the praise to God; Because my dear friends, between you and
me, I think God was the teacher- the student - Burpee.
Address.- Miss Jessie Warner,
Pine 704. Wamego, Kansas.
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#4694
Mrs. Mary E. Sheridan,
632 Mason St.,
Fort Collins, Colo.
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[[#4694]]
[[Ans 8/28/24]]
8/12/1924
For Prize Contest.
God and Atlee Burpee working together have produced the most
[[double underlined]] unique[[/double underlined]] seeds in the world. I
am eighty years old and have planted [[double underlined]] many
[[/double underlined]] different Cos. seeds but [[double underlined]] none
[[/double underlined]] can be [[underlined]] compared [[/underlined]] to
Burpees for life and productiveness; they are so full of life and vitality
that when planted in the soil every seed is [[underlined]] sure
[[/underlined]] to germinate and with [[underlined]] good cultivation
[[/underlined]] they will terminate into the most excellent vegetables. I
have used Burpees seeds for 16 years and [[double underlined]]
absolutely know [[/underlined]] their wonderful merit. I have planted
Burpees seeds in Jersey Co., Ills, Reno Co, Kas. and in Colo. [[double
underlined]] always [[/double underlined]] getting the [[double
underlined]] best results. [[/double underlined]] Burpee has used his
talent, labor, time and money toward the betterment of seeds for
[[underlined]] years [[/underlined]] till [[underlined]] now [[/underlined]] he
[[double underlined]] excels [[/double underlined]]
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all other seed producers in the world.
Raising vegetation from Burpees seeds has added millions of
[[underlined]] wealth [[/underlined]] to the world. This year I planted all
four of Burpee's natural classes of vegetable seeds; the vegetable fruits,
greens & salads, edible seeds, and root crops are [[underlined]] all
[[underlined]] a grand [[double underlined]] success [[/double
underlined]].
Burpee's new self-pruning tomatoes are a delight to the whole town.
People near and far come to see and [[underlined]] praise [[/underlined]]
my [[double underlined]] luxurious [[/double underlined]] garden and say
it is the finest they ever seen.
I tell them that with Burpees [[underlined]] excellent [[/underlined]] seeds
and labor [[underlined]] all [[/underlined]] can raise just such a garden.
[[underlined]] Long live [[/underlined]] Burpee and his pr^[[e]]cious
seeds.
Mrs Mary E. Sheridan
632 Mason Street
Fort Collins Colorado.
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Mrs. A. Lasda,
Tully, N. Y.
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[[stamped]]AUG 15 1924[[/stamped]]
[[4695]]
[[Ans 8/28/24]]
For Prize Contest
What Burpees Seeds Have Done For Me
I all ways loved Sweet Peas, I had all ways grown the kind one buys at
the local store all ready mixed, one day the mail brought Burpees Seed
Catalog, on its front page were pictured some beautiful Sweet Peas, I
wondered why I had never been able to grow such Sweet Peas, then
the answer flashed in to my mind, I had never used Burpees Seed, I
decided I would have some at once and in looking through the Catalog I
discovered I could buy each colar seperate, and I had never known
there were so many beautiful colars in Sweet Peas. I ordered some
shade of the different colars and when they began to blossom in June
they were the most beautiful Sweet Peas I had ever seen.
It did not take long for the neighbors to discover them, they wanted
some for their friends, I began selling them, every body loved them, they
wanted more of them, they brought me a nice little income which was
very welcome, but the greatest pleasure is to know I had grown a
beautiful flower which had brought cheer and comfort into many homes,
and when neighbors friends and often strangers praise these beautiful
flowers it is with great pride I tell them they are Sweet Peas grown from
Burpees Seed.
Mrs A. Lasda
Tully N.Y.
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#4696
Irvey T. Hoover,
R. F. D. #4,
Moravia, N. Y.
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[[stamped]]AUG 5 1924[[/stamped]]
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[[Ans 8/28/24]]
Moravia, N.Y.
R.F.D. #4
Aug. 14-24.
[[underline]] For Prize Contest [[/underline]]
W. Atlee Burpee
Phila., Penn.
To whom it may concern:
I can truthfully say that Burpee's seeds are second to none, whether
they are grown for pleasure or profit. The germination test is excellent,
to say nothing of the thrifty plants they bring forth. Have been unable to
find any seed, anywhere that grow such vigorous, productive stock.
I have found the plants yield double the crop in comparison to other and
one doesn't have to make two or more plantings to get one crop started.
For the past seven years we have been using Burpee's seeds altogether
and we never failed to have the earliest and best garden
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in our vicinity, while numerous others planted one but failed to grow
anything.
We have always had an abundance from a small garden, in fact more
than we could possibly use ourselves with a family of five, so the surplus
has always found a ready market at an excellent profit for us, more than
paying for the seed and labor.
We decided at the beginning it paid to buy the best of seed, and we
were more than convinced judging from our neighbor's experience.
Burpee's always for us!
Irvey T. Hoover.
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#4697
Miss Jennie F. Petersen,
100 Richmond St.,
Windsor Heights,
East Deering, Portland, Me.
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[[stamped]] AUG 5 1924 [[/stamped]]
[[#4697]]
[[Ans 8/28/24]]
For Prize Contest
What Burpee's Seeds Have Done For Me
They have shown me one of the greatest of all mysteries; that of the
Resurection. As the drab, brown and black seeds are consigned to the
ground, to spring up into the most gorgeous blossoms; so too our mortal
bodies are consigned to the earth to the arise in glorious beauty in the
Heavenly Garden.
A garden, however small its size, is truly a happy place to work and rest
in.
A flower garden in full bloom is to me a glimpse of Heaven here on
earth.
Besides the pleasure I have had in planting and caring for my garden,
there have been large profits too. My garden patch is near the side of
the road and many automobiles pass during the day and as freshly
picked vegetables are in great demand, I have sold many bushels of
beans, chard, green kale, cucumbers, bunches of beets and carrots,
also lettuce and radishes galore.
Many bouquets of flowers have been sent to the hospitals, the sweetly
fragrant ones to the blind; the gayest colored ones to our City Home so
they too enjoy my garden.
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Such wonderful profits and pleasure is due to the seeds from the "House
of Burpee".
199 words
(Miss) Jennie F. Petersen
Windsor Heights
100 Richmond St
East Deering.
Portland Me.
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Miss Alice Fellows.
Lancaster,
N. H.
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[[stamped]] AUG 15 1924 [[/stamped]]
[[#4698]]
[[Ans 8/28/24]]
August 14, 1924
"For Prize Contest".
What Burpee's seeds have done for Me.
Seeds have always been a mystery to me. I have often wondered how
such large plants, and beautiful flowers can grow from such tiny things.
Indeed, they do not always grow, nor yet do very large or strong plants
come from them unless they come from a reliable company as Burpee's,
where they are tested.
For several years I have planted seeds, but have never had success
with them. So, last year, I sent to Burpee's for several of their
collections and was rewarded by a garden the whole neighborhood
admired.
Each morning there was something more beautiful than before for me to
enjoy. I was not the only one who enjoyed the flowers. Every morning
the garden was buzzing with the hum of bees and other insects. The
surly bumble-bees seemed to like
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the bachelors-buttons best as one might expect, while the hornets
prefered the poppies and the humming-bird has chosen my favoret
flower the sweet-pea. Once while I was gathering a bunch, it came and
flitted among them to gather the sweet honey.
What gives me the most pleasure aside from giving them to friends is
putting them on my sisters grave and keeping her room perfumed with
their fragrance.
address.{ Miss Alice Fellows
Lancaster, New Hampshire.
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Lillian Aronson,
13 George St.,
Chelsea, Mass.
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[[stamped]]AUG 15 1924[[/stamped]]
[[#4699]]
[[Ans 8/28/24]]
August
Fourteenth
1924
"For Prize Contest"
Lillian Aronson
13 George Street,
Chelsea, Mass.
W. Atlee Burpee Co.
Philadelphia,
Pa.
Dear Friends:
My garden is truly beautiful and affords great pleasure to the family and
the neighbors. The Dianthus Fordhook were gorgeous, the petunias
make a wonderful display, the nicotianas are lovely, intoxicating with the
delicate fragrance, love-in-a-mist is delightful with its soft feathery
foliage, and the blue larkspurs were excellent and blossomed profusely.
I sent an exquisite "Burpee Bouquet" to a sick friend,who appreciated
the loving message they brought her.
The interest in flowers has benefited me greatly. Many friends among
flower lovers have been gained and I have interested them in starting
their gardens from my seedlings. As knowledge is power, so is the
intrinsic value of knowing flowers, inspiring. I have on several occasions
experienced this pride.
As we pass the country estates it has been fun to see who could name
the most flowers.
The petunias and nicotianas seeded themselves. I will try to make
perennials of them. When they go to seed I gently shake the pods and
water lightly and cover with manure. It is most satisfying to see the
flowers start in early spring with the perennials.
Flower gardening is an unending pleasure and delight and I wish more
people could enjoy them.
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#4700
James W. White,
R.D. # Box #27,
Washington, N.J.
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[[stamped]] AUG 15 1924 [[/stamped]]
[[#4700]]
[[Ans 8/28/24]]
W. Atlee Burpee
Philadelphia.
From- [[preprinted]] WISTARIA COTTAGE FARM
JAMES W. WHITE, PROPRIETOR
R.D. BOX 27 WASHINGTON, NEW JERSEY [[/preprinted]]
August 14-1924
For Prize Contest.
What Burpee's Seeds have done for Me.
First of all [[underline]] they [[/underline]] have added to the pleasure,
and joy of Garden Work, by removing much of the uncertainty that
comes with buying your seeds in gaudy colored packages from the
Corner grocery or elsewhere - nothing is more discouraging than finding
your Stringless Beans with strings, and your favorite flowers, mere
weeds.
A novice, or a young beginner in the beautiful and health giving pastime
of making things grow, can't go far wrong if they follow the instructions
given with Burpees Seeds - the quality and vitality is there, and sure to
bring profitable, and successful results.
The ambition to beat your neighbor in growing the best vegetables, and
the most beautiful flowers, is laudable - otherwise there would be little
progress made, and there certainly has been a lot made in the
Horticultural World in recent years.
Personally - I feel that I have derived a lot of pleasure, and profit from
my surplus crops, used for canning and preserving.
Last year, and in previous years I have shown some of my garden joys
at the Interstate Fair - at Trenton, and have been awarded quite some
Blue-Ribbons - the result of using Burpees Tested Seeds.
Respectfully
Submitted by
James W. White.
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#4701
Mrs. S. Lawrence Jenkins,
Monroe,
New York.
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[[stamped]] AUG 15 1924 [[/stamped]]
[[#4701]]
[[Ans 8/28/24]]
The Prize Contest
Before me is the request of the W. Atlee Burpee Seed co. to describe in
not more than 200 words the benefit derived from using the Burpee
seeds
If my vocabulary was not limited I should like to make use of 2000.
words. to say how much pleasure and profit I have enjoyed from
planting the seeds.
They have never disapointed me: It certainly is the truth "they grow" for I
have tried them in a variety of soils. North South East and West.
I have always planted my own garden, so I know whereat I speak.
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Right here in southern New York. My first garden is passed. and the late
one furnishes salads crisp cucumbers and delicious beans Burpee's
Kidney Wax. for the clamooring summer residents
Twenty five years ago, I recieved the W Atlee Burpee prize for the best
display of flowers. grown from thier seeds. and for 16 years I won the
first prize. as the records will show at different expositons for the best
peck of tomatoes. The variety [[underlined]] always [[/underlined]] being
the Matchless. There seems to be something personal and near in the
combination of Mother Earth and the Burpee Seeds.
Truly
Mrs S Lawrence Jenkins.
Monroe New York
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[[written sideways]] Mrs S Lawrence Jenkins Monroe New York
formerly Gran Rapids Michigan and Birmingham Alabama. [[/written
sideways]]
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Julia Williams,
Ridgeway, N. C.
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[[#4702]]
[[red ink]]07012[[/red ink]]
[[Ans 8/28/24]]
[[underlined]] For Prize Contest [[/underlined]]
Dear M - ;
Did I ever tell you about Mother and the lima beans? We had never
seen any lima beans around here except some dried, "store-bought"
ones. And Mother spoke very disparagingly of them. They were not to
be compared to our little butter beans of the South. They were brought
from the North - [[underlined]] yankee [[/underlined]] beans - therefore
anathema!
The descriptions and pictures, of lima beans in Burpee's Annual, were
so attractive that we couldn't resist trying some one year. We planted
Early Leviathan and Sunnybrook Pole Lima. Ever since then Mother
swears by limas, fresh or dried but we never have any to dry- we eat
them [[underlined]] all [[/underlined]] !
We have given them to our neighbors and they were so
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pleased that some of them included lima beans in their spring order.
Just to think what we would have missed in the way of a delicious
vegetable if we hadn't tried those Burpee seed.
--------------------------------------------------------yours
Julia Williams.
Ridgeway, North Carolina
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#4703
Mrs. J. R. Bailey,
Box #135,
Windham, Mont.
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[[06652]]
For Prize Contest
We can truthfully say that Burpees seeds are the best we ever used.
We have used your seeds for over twenty years and have always been
successful in growing a large garden.
Burpees seeds grow in almost any kind of season either wet or dry.
For the last four years we have been pestered with grasshoppers but we
always had a garden.
This year we are going to have an early fall but we are trusting your
seeds to produce in spite of it.
Two years ago I took two prizes one at a local fair and the other at a
county fair. The result was twelve dollars.
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We have used your Bliss Everbearing Peas for a long time and think
there is nothing like them. They are so easy to pick and it really is a
pleasure to can them
Our neighbor, Mrs. Miller was over one day and we were all looking at
the Burpees Seed Catalogue the next year she ordered nine dollars
worth of seeds and has been a faithful customer ever since.
It is really a pleasure to have the opportunity to have your seeds and it
is really wonderful to watch them grow.
Jennie Bailey
Windham Montana
Age 13 yr.
Box 135
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Prize
[[underlined]]Contest [[/underlined]]
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[[instructions from Burpee]]
[[centered]]................ Roots.
Asparagus, – Giant Argenteuil.
When the Asparagus Roots are received the box or parcel should be
opened at once and if the roots have become dry during transit they
should be lightly moistened and placed in a cool place until you are
ready to plant them. If the ground is frozen when the roots are received
and the planting is likely to be delayed for some time, the roots can be
packed in a box of slightly moist earth or sawdust and stored in a cool
cellar until the ground can be prepared for planting. The roots should be
kept plump and slightly moist and as nearly dormant as possible. If they
become dry or shriveled before planting it will weaken the vitality and
subsequent growth. In planting have the bottom of the row or trench dug
to a flat, level surface one foot or more in width, or slightly raised in the
center. Set the crowns or centers fifteen inches apart in the row with the
crown or small shoots uppermost and the roots carefully separated and
spread out like the spokes of a wheel. Where the roots are planted eight
inches or more in depth below the level of the surface they should only
be covered three to four inches deep with fine soil when planting, the
balance of the soil to be worked in by hoeing after the plants are well
started in growth. Asparagus Roots are entirely hardy and plantings may
be made at any time after the plants stop growing in the fall until quite
late in the spring, whenever the ground or bed can be properly
prepared. For full directions see our leaflet on "How to Grow
Asparagus," which we send free to our customers who ask for it in their
order.
[[centered]] FROM [[/centered]]
W. ATLEE BURPEE & CO., Seed Growers,
[[centered]] PHILADELPHIA, PA. [[/centered]]
[[/end instructions from Burpee]]
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[[stamped]] BULBS [[/stamped]]
[[stamped]]BSt - 00.30 - 06652 AUG 13 1924[[/stamped]]
[[#4703]]
[[red ink]]1P[[/red ink]]
[[Ans 8/28/24]]
Windham Mont Aug. 8 - 1924.
W. Atlee Burpee & Co
Will you please send me your fall catalogue
8970 - 4 bulbs Pure white oxalis
8972 - 4 bulbs Rosy crimson oxalis
8975 - 4 bulbs shamrock deppeia Rosea oxalis [[underlined]]2
set[[/underlined]]
Will you please send me the yellow oxalis bulbs
05
30
My daughter is writing for the prize. the Burpee seed has been in the
Bailey family good many years. and may it be used good many more
years.
Your Truly
Mrs J. K. Baily
Windham Mont
[[strikethrough]] J [[/strikethrough]] Box 135
[[stamped]] Order Form with box for Catalog Appt. checked[[/stamped]]
[[red ink]]Fall Bulb[[/red ink]]
[[stamped]]OVER[[/stamped]]
[[stamped]] BULB DEPT. CHECKER A AUG. 14. 1924[[/stamped]]
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#4705
Miss M. A. Irving,
Arden,
Oakland, N. J.
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[[#4705]
[[Ans 8/28/24]]
(Miss) M.A. Irving,
"Arden",
Oakland, N.J.
[[underline]] WHAT BURPEE'S SEEDS HAVE DONE FOR ME.
[[/underline]]
Burpee's Seeds have helped me in two ways: the real and the ideal.
[[underline]] Ideal. [[/underline]] Great enjoyment in selecting the seeds.
The catalogue itself was so fascinating that I became enthusiastic
enough to plant [[underline]] something of everything [[/underline]], but
had to curb my desires. Planted some seeds in boxes in a New York
apartment, therefore had lettuces, beans and corn very early. This
anticipation and preparation gave great pleasure.
Later came the interest of planting and daily watching the development
of the plants. Then the pleasure of providing a delicious varied diet for
the family each day. Their appreciation added to my enjoyment.
[[underline]] Real. [[/underline]] The seeds have paid for themselves
already ten times over and still further returns are expected as well as
the indirect benefit of better health for the family from a liberal supply of
fresh vegetables. Have had 41 pounds of beans for 25 cent packet of
seed and more plants are coming. Golden Bantam corn will yield further
still greater results having had 97 heads already and hundreds to come
from seed saved from last year.
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Only failure was tobacco seed. Got hundreds of plants from ten cent
packet but these were appreciated and eaten by a ground hog.
(Miss) M.A. Irving
"Arden".
Oakland. N.J.
August 14th. 1924.
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Mrs. Julia B. Carson,
40 London Ave.,
Oneonta, N. Y.
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[[stamped]] Aug 14 1924 [[/stamped]]
[[#4708]]
[[Ans 8/28/24]]
[[underlined]] For Prize Contest [[/underlined]]
40 London Ave.; Oneonta, N.Y.
Aug. 12, 1924.
W. Atlee Burpee Co.
Seed Growers, Philadelphia
Gentlemen:It gives me pleasure to tell hereby "what Burpee's seeds have done for
me."
Once, when I was a little girl, I bought some red daisy seeds - not
Burpee's. It took nearly all the pennies I had saved but I was well
pleased, visioning my shabby backyard a glowing wilderness of tall
blood-red flowers.
Alas for my hopes! Never a daisy came up.
Henceforth I read seed catalogs with sad skepticism; ^[[they were like
fairy tales and Santa Claus.]] Sadder still: a blight fell upon that
precious garden that had bloomed insurpassably in my imagination - the
garden I always planned to have.
Years afterward I discovered Burpee's pansies. At once I noticed a
difference. More of Burpee's seeds, And I became convinced that here
at least was trustworthiness. My old enthusiasm for seed catalogs
returned.
(over)
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And now, when spring has not yet come, my little backyard rivals the
hanging gardens of Babylon. I sit - eyes upon Burpee's catalog
entranced. Here are the perfect seeds. What, therefore, is to prevent my
achieving the perfect garden? (I blissfully forget cut-worms, chickweed
etc.)
Thus have Burpee's seeds restored my faith, thereby giving ^[[me]]
back the garden of my dreams.
Very sincerely yours,
(Mrs.) Julia B. Carson
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#4709
Mr. John Rankin,
Mitchell,
Ontario, Canada.
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[[#4709]]
[[Ans 8/28/24]]
- For Prize Contest. What Burpee's Seeds have done for me.
I am now past seventy years of age, and have found by experience
that it pays to sow good seeds, whether one is gardening for pleasure or
profit, and Burpee's Seeds are without question the most reliable I have
grown.
The benefits I have received from using the "Burpee" brand of seeds
are many indeed, - first, in giving me a satisfied and happy mind,
because when I sow these seeds I know that they will grow and come
true to name. Then I have the pleasure of showing the beauties of my
garden to my neighbors and visitors from far and near, some few days
ago I had some tourists from New York State, inspecting my garden and
they expressed their admiration of what they saw. The question is often
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asked, -"How do you get your vegetables and those beautiful flowers to
grow so well"? My answer is, - Burpee's Seeds.
Then again, by using these seeds, I have cultivated a love for flowers, I
handle them tenderly, and feel as if I can almost speak to them.
I might add that, using Burpee's Seeds has given me the privelege of
writing in this "Prize Contest."
John Rankin.
Mitchell,
Ontario, Canada
Aug. 12th, 1924.
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#4710
Gertrude,McDonald,
4542 Pershing Ave.,
St. Louis, Mo.
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[[stamped]] AUG 14 1924 [[/stamped]]
[[#4710]]
[[Ans 8/28/24]]
For Prize Contest.
What Burpee's Seeds Have Done for Me.
One summer day seven years ago a friend brought me a small basket of
beans. The famous bean of the fairy tale had less wonderful
consequences, it was a revelation in beans. To my delighted thanks my
friend replied that with a bit of ground, a little work, sun, water, and a
packet of BURPEE'S STRINGLESS POD, anyone could do as well,
beans being notoriously fool-proof, and she lent me that book of magic,
BURPEE'S ANNUAL. Thereupon I, a dweller of city streets,
unconscious/hitherto of the soil, decided to garden, so bewitched was I.
Of course I had many failures, but what that garden has done for me
would take more than two hundred words to tell. Besides the widely
shared pleasure of delicious vegetables and lovely flowers, the eager
interest, deepening every season, the healthful exercise, the love
G.MD.
4542 Pershing Ave
St Louis. Mo.
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of outdoors,- a whole new life,- is the appreciation of what it means to be
a gre^[[at]] gardener, the keen observation, undaunted persistence,
patient experiment, untiring work.
It is to those qualities, to the character and ability which developed
BURPEE'S SEEDS that I owe my happy harvests, physical and spiritual.
[[Gertrude McDonald
4542 Pershing Ave
St Louis. Mo.]]
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T. Edward Bartman,
East Haddam, Conn.
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[[Ans 8/27/24]]
For Prize Contest.
What Burpees Seeds have done for me.
My acquaintance with Burpees Seeds began several years ago when a
neighbor gave me some beet seed that proved very superior to the
seeds bought at the stores, from promiscus growers, that I had been
using.
The next season I had this neighbor combine my small order with hers,
and finding that they were always true to name, sure of germination and
of excellent quality
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we have been using Burpees Seeds ever since, for we compared
gardens so often that summer that before the next season we married
and have planned our garden, which has been a pleasure and a profit,
togather every year since.
It has been my practice to save my own seeds from the vegetables we
like and which sell best, and give a few to our foreign neighbors who are
not inclined to send away for their garden seeds, so that now I am asked
to "Please get me some seeds from that Burpee place." So I get a great
deal of pleasure from passing
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on the good word for Burpee. But getting me a good wife whose price is
above rubies is "What Burpees seeds have done for me."
T. Edward Bartman,
East Haddam
Conn.
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#4712
Joseph B. Blanchard,
R. F. D. #128,
Dartmouth, Mass.
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[[stamped]] AUG 1924 [[/stamped]]
[[4712]]
[[Ans 8/28/24]]
Dartmouth Aug 25th 1924
Mr Burpee Dear Sir
i was to report and will say those flowers are beauties good enough for a
king to raise i thank you very much for the seed i have got some of the
hansomest water melons i ever saw grow and others say the same i
wish you could see the people looking over my garden 2 or 3 times a
week. about a hundred & 60 rods of land one of my neighbors gave me
squash seeds he got of you and planted himself seeds come from
maulse he hasent got a squash on a half acre i have got some very
good ones while i am having good luck with my vegetables i am having
hard luck other ways but thank the lord that i am living i am 70 in the
spring and have a very bad case of water trouble and gall stones they
say i will have to have an orperation to get better i cant do that and owe
people pay my debts first i cant cheat no one i have got 75 dollar
mortgage over my head
yours truly Joseph B Blanchard
RF.D 128
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#4713
Mr. Thomas J. Steed,
P. O. Box #541,
Fort Bliss, Texas.
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[[stamped]]AUG 15 1924[[/stamped]]
[[#4713]]
[[Ans 9/4/24]]
Report on, The Burpee New Self pruning Tomato,
The Burpee self pruning Tomato is a very distinct new type. Something
entirely different from the other sorts, as the plant throw out laterals, of
even growth short joints with fruit or cluster of large fruit at each joint,
medium Early, Plants are very rapid vigrous grower, upright and of even
shape, free from ugly loose growth, very resistant to blight and other
diseases,
A very valuable sort for market and home Gardener's, - as it is a heavy
bearer and do not require pruning The fruit is of a perfect globe shape
perfectly smooth, of a beautiful pink red color. very solid and firm meaty,
with very small seed cavity and but few seed., of a very delicious flavor,
Thomas J. Steed.
P.O. Box #541.
Fort Bliss, Texas.
August, 11th 1924
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E. J. Coon,
718 Sixth Ave.,
Juniata, Pa.
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[[stamped]] AUG 11 1924 [[/stamped]]
[[#4714]]
[[#]] [[strikethrough]] 416 [[/strikethrough]]
[[Ans 9/4/24]]
For Prize Contest.
718 Sixth Ave.
Juniata, Penna.
Aug. 7, 1924.
W. Atlee Burpee Co.
Philadelphia, Pa.
Dear Sirs:As I have been one of your customers for more than ten years I take
pleasure in writing some of the wonderful results and genuine
satisfaction I gained by using your seeds.
I found after trying many others that Burpee's Seeds gave me the best
results each year in every way. Due to my real satisfaction and my
planting more ground I have planned to increase my seed order next
spring.
I have always found lots of pleasure and taken a keen interest in
gardening, and it is my ambition to own a fine a market garden with
greenhouses
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[[underline]] 2.- [[/underline]]
sometime in the future.
Through the culture and study of flowers and vegetables grown from
Burpee's Seeds I have developed a broader vision of life and a closer
insight into the wonders of nature.
My "Wayahead" lettuce was like the illustrations in your catalog, real
prize heads; and the "Prize-taker" onions surprised all my friends and
neighbors by their size. The "Blue Bantam" peas, "Earliest Catawba"
sweet corn and "Dwarf giant" tomato are great favorites of mine, too.
Their quality can not be beaten for the home garden. The Burpee
Spencer sweet peas, both for their beauty and size are unequaled.
I shall always recommend your seeds to all,
Very truly yours
E. J. Coon.
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Miss M. L. Dabney,
R. F. D. #3,
Staunton, Va.
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^[[#4716]]
^[[SEP 4 1924]]
R. F. D. - 3,
Plaunton,
Virginia.
For Prize Contest
What Burpee Seeds Have Done for Me
There is something fascinating about glancing through a Seed
Catalogue, which makes one wish to plant a garden of their very own,
which I did, with a few of Burpee's Seeds; the corner of the yard, and a
hoe and rake. It required a great deal of energy on My part, as it was the
first attempt at gardening but there is something exhilerating about
working in the open air, digging in the soil, coming in close contact with
nature, and as I watched the
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growing plants, the products of my own hands, it gave me a new interest
in life, the wish of accomplishing greater things in the future, in other
words What Burpee Seeds have done for me, they have given me better
health a new interest in life and besides have added to my income
An experienced gardener would perhaps smile at my amateur garden,
but I have only begun as next year I plan a larger garden, with greater
pleasure and profit, thus is added another garden enthusiast.
(Miss) M. L. Dabney
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S-4717
Ada J. Fellows,
Route #3,
Lancaster, N.H.
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^[[#4717]]
"For Prize Contest."
What Burpee's Seeds Have Done for Me
When I was a small child, I had a tiny spot given me for a flower garden.
I made a circular bed bordered with old-fashioned grass pinks, the
center was filled with flowers of my fancy - but the ones I loved the best
were - "Burpee's Giant Pansy's" I had never seen pansys of such size
and exquisite colorings.
Every year since that time, I have wanted a flower garden, and have
planned it many a time, but not until last year did my "dream garden"
come to life.
Not having a protected place in the yard I marked off twenty feet from
the end of each row in the vegetable garden, there are twenty-two rows.
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^[[#4717]]
From "Burpee's Seed Annual" I selected the "Flower Collection" I
wanted- these gave me just the right variety of colors, from brilliant hues
to the most delicate tints. I can gather arms full of the lovely blossoms
that smile their welcome to me.
I can [[strike]] also [[/strike]] share them with friends, or give to the sick
and suffering.
I am fifty years old now, and hope if I live fifty years more I can have a
flower garden every year.
Ada J. Fellows
Lancaster
New. Hamp,
Route 3
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#4718
Mrs. Bessie M. Haller,
1147 W. 9th St.,
Albany, Oregon.
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^[[#4718]]
For Prize Contest
What Burpee Seeds Have Done For Me
As I look back to the days of my childhood one of the bright spots in my
memory is the recollections of a window full of flowers purchased from
the Burpee Seeds Company which my mother kept blooming all through
the cold dreary days of winter, and although living at present near the
Pacific coast my husband and I still order many of our seeds and bulbs
from them because they come true to name, are fresh, and often arrive
more quickly than those ordered from seed houses much nearer. I
believe that our garden full of fresh vegetables each summer has done
much towards making ours a healthy, happy family. I know that I am
benefitted personally by the time spent each day among my flowers.
The exercise is healthful, their beauty and fragrance give me pleasure.
They have made me many congenial friends and I truly believe they
have caused me to have a keen appreciation of the beauties of nature
and a greater realization of Gods love.
Mrs. Bessie M. Haller
1147 West 9th Street Albany ((bent corner bottom of page))
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#4719
Mrs. Maud Woodruff,
Salem, Mo.
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^[[#4719]]
Salem, Mo
Aug 11 - 24
W. Altee Burpee Co.
Philadelphia, PA
GentlemanIt gives me much pleasure to write concerning what your seeds have
done for me- My seed order was sent from San Diego, Calif. to be
delivered to my brother W. J. Gray of this place. The seeds arrived
ahead of me and I could hardly wait to get them into the ground. My two
gardens are a mile and a quarter apart.
Two brothers W. J. Gray and Earl A. Gray had ground to offer, one here
in town (about a 1/2 acre) and the other nearly an acre a mile and a
quarter from town - After the plowing and harrowing was done, I went to
work and planted [[underlined]] both [[/underlined]] gardens.
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I have walked back and forth, planting and hoeing even during the
hottest weather. Four oclock in the mornings was my usual hour for the
long walk - The joy of seeing things grow, the beauty of dawn and
sunrise, and the confidence I had in Burpees seeds made the labor a
pleasure.
Now I am reaping what I sowed, and have more than I can use or put
up. Besides I have late corn, beans, Brussel sprouts, onions, parsnips,
carrots &c,, &c,, It is simply great.
I was raised and educated a town girl - Later I specialized in music, and
have taught music in three schools in this State, at one school (Steelville
Mo) for more than ten years.
I shall teach again this fall but I shall garden again next year, and as
long as it is possible for me to do so, If I could decree
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a thing I would make it compulsory for every able bodied woman in the
world to make a garden. The "harvest" would fill our cellars, renew our
strength, cement friendships and broaden our visions - May the house of
"Burpee" go on, and on, and on Sincerely
Mrs Maud Woodruff
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#4720
G. R. Perry,
1310 - 19th St.,
Anacortes, Wash.
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^[[#4720]]
^[[Ans 8/27/24]]
^[[AUG 13 1924]]
"What Burpee's Seeds have done for me"
Burpee's seeds that grow is a message that is important to the family
man as it lessens the cost of living and it plays an important part around
the old home, for you can guarantee that any seeds, plants or bulbs, etc
that are Atlee Burpee's will germinate and grow to perfection. I have had
considerable success with Burpee's seeds winning many prizes both for
flowers and vegetables, and I have taken the best collection and best
grown sweet peas. Flowers are a wonderful study from the time the
seedlings appear until they mature, but to get the best results one has to
study the plants, nursing and caring for them like a child, and it surely
repays one for the beauty and perfume in the many varieties.
Vegetables also play an important part in the home and Burpees's
seeds can always be relied on to give best results. It is surprising what a
lot of vegetables one can grow on a small lot, if they get the right seeds.
My advice to prospective vegetable and flower growers is to get right in
line and buy Burpee's seeds that grow and stock your cellar with
vegetables.
G. R. Perry
1310 19th St
Anacortes, WA
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G. R. Perry,
1310 - 19th St.,
Anacortes, Wash.
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^[[#4721]]
^[[Ans 8/27/24]]
[[double underline]] What Burpees Seeds Have done for me [[/double
underline]]
Aug - 6 - 24 1310 - 19th St. Anacortes Wash
Allotted to 200 words, can hardly give me space to say all Burpee's
seeds have done for me. They have given me an education in
Floriculture, a great hobby, & much pleasure and profit, during the 16
years that I have had in amateur gardening.
I have won many prizes at Exhibitions with Burpee's seeds, both flowers
& vegetables, sweet peas particularly ^[[both]] in size & varieties, & they
are always admired, & I have had great pleasure in giving them away to
flower lovers & I always tell them, they are Burpee's seeds. From the
seedling to maturity, all my spare time is taken up, watching nature work
her wonders, in giving them their brilliant colors & fragrant perfumes, &
it's the only way to get close to nature, & wonder how beauty can be
hidden in the tiny seeds. I am satisfied with all the [[underline]] pleasure
[[/underline]] I get from growing Burpee's seeds, without going further
afield & Vegetable growing saves us from going to the store, as there is
nothing like having your own fresh & sweet. By growing flowers &
Vegetables for the home, & for exhibition is a sign of healthy,
wholesome Citizenship.
George P Perry
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G. R. Perry,
1310 - 19th St.,
Anacortes, Wash.
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^[[#4722]]
^[[AUG 19 1924]]
[[Double underline]] What Burpee's seeds have done for me.
[[/underline]]
August 7th - 24 1310 – 19th St Anacortes Wash.
The growth of flowers for home adornment and for exhibition is a sign of
healthy, wholesome Citizenship. Getting results from good seeds, is the
steppingstone, to success & pleasure, which can always be obtained in
demanding "Burpee's seeds that grow." What is more beautiful, than to
see a home embowered with flowers, both Annuals & perennials, it is a
sign of peace & happiness. Besides being a great hobby, one gets
close to nature & wonders what beauty is hidden in such tiny seeds, & I
have found the greatest pleasure & profit in growing Flowers &
Vegetables from Burpee's seeds.
[[margin, marking boxed words ]] Can cut this only if too many words.
[[/margin]]
[[box]] I have been complimented many times and exhibitions for my
displays of flowers & Vegetables & taken many prizes, [[/box ]] prizes,
sweet peas particularly, both in size & variety, & the pleasure I have
derived from growing them, have repaid me many times for the trouble &
time in rearing them. I bring my children up to study & to know how
nature works her wonders, & they take an interest in it right away, &
enjoy it.
Flowers each species & Variety can be grown in its own season, at
small cost & cellars can be stocked with Vegetables for the winters use..
from Burpees seeds & you have the great pleasure in knowing you grew
them all yourself.
G P Perry
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#4724
Miss Julia B. Williams,
Ridgeway,
N. C.
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^[[07012]]
[[underline]] For Prize Contest [[/underline]
Ridgeway, N.C.
Aug 9th 1924
W. Atlee Burpee Co.,
Philadelphia, Penn.
Dear Sirs:My slogan is "A Lettuce a day is the healthy way." Some years ago I
would as soon have thought of eating oak leaves as lettuce. My father
raised some lettuce in a cold frame and also in the open ground. The
rest of the family seemed to enjoy it so much that I made up my mind I'd
try it. At first I would nibble at a leaf as tentatively as a baby rabbit- but
soon I was gobbling up a whole head! My father got tired of raising it so I
took over the job.
Strange to say, the first fall and winter (1917) I started raising lettuce, it
turned out better than it ever has since, although the ground stayed
frozen for weeks and there were heavy snows.
I have been raising lettuce
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every year since then with fair success except two years, not only have
we had it for our own use but we have enjoyed giving it to our neighbors,
and the greatest pleasure of all has been in working it and watching it
grow each day. My favorite seed are Burpee's Way-ahead, Big Boston
and California Cream Butter.
Yours sincerely,
(Miss) Julia B. Williams
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^[[AUG - 4 1924]]
Lynch Burg S C
[[underline]] Prize Contest [[/underline]]
Aug. 1 19.24
dear Ser i resive the card and was glad to here from you and to know
you reseve my letter and was very glad of it and will be glad to get the
Prize contest
Very truly yours
Deller Shield
RFD. 1 Box 13 Lee kiney
Lynch Burg: S. C.
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W. Atlee Burpee Co.
Seed Growers
Philadelphia
i will try and dow better if i live to see a nother Yeare
i am a cripple wom
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[[front of envelope]]
[[image - cancelled 2 Cent Stamp]]
W. atlee Bur Pee Co.
Seed growers
Philadelphia
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[[strikethru]] [[pre-printed ]] CADILLAC MALLEABLE IRON CO. [[/preprinted]] [[/strikethru]]
^[[ Prize Contest ]]
[[right justified]] 414 Crippen St.,
[[right justified]] Cadillac, Michigan.
[[right justified]] August 8, 1924 [[/justified]]
W. Atlee Burpee Co.,
Philadelphia, Pa.
Gentlemen:
I would be glad to know if you have extended the date for the closing of
your competition on "What Burpee's Seeds Have Done for Me" It seems
a little unfair to gardeners in Northern Michigan where the Summers are
so short, and the weather this year so unfavorable; as much of the fruit
and flowers are not yet come to fruition and beauty. September 15,
would be more like the date for gardeners in this section. I was hoping to
have had a shot at your competition but we have very few flowers yet
grown from seed sown this year, and root crops are very backward. I
have very good promise of crops from seed purchased from you, but the
reaping time is quite a month distant.
[[right justified]]Yours very truly,
[[right justified]] [[handwritten signature ]]
[[right justified]] R. C. Sowton [[/justified]]
^[[ Stamped ]] AUG. 12 1924 [[/]]
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August 13, 1924
Mr. R. C. Sowton
414 Crippen St.
Cadillac, Michigan
Dear Sir:
We want to thank you for your letter of August 8 and appreciate the
position in which you have been placed due to the unfavorable weather
prevailing in your section this year.
We would be only too glad to extend the date on which the contest is to
close to September 15 if we could do this in a way which would be fair to
all. It would mean sending a note to every single Burpee customer who
purchased from us this year, as no doubt there would be others who
would like to know if the date was extended. That of course is an
impossibility since the postage along to notify the customers would be
over ten thousand dollars.
Under the circumstances we feel that you have as good a chance as
anyone else if you will give your experience with the crop as far as it has
grown, and then perhaps add what you may reasonably expect to
harvest later on.
However, we shall keep your suggestion in mind in case we have
another contest next year, as it is our desire to make the contest as
broad as possible and avoid anything that would place a restriction on
customers in certain sections.
Very truly yours,
W. ATLEE BURPEE CO.
AP:RH
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"What Burpee's Seeds have done for me."
1. [[underline]] Seeds Sown. [[/underline]]
1. [[underline]] Sweet Peas [[/underline]] (a) Dollar Collection, including
President Harding"
(b) "President Harding, Radiance + Sapphire Group.
2. [[underline]] Calliopsis [[/underline]] (Free Sample)
3. [[underline]] Nasturtium [[/underline]] (Variegated Leaf)
4. [[underline]] Callendula. [[/underline]]
5. [[underline]] Poppy. [[/underline]]
2. I am not a nurseryman but merely an amateur who grows flowers for
the pleasure of raising flowers. My mother always purchased Burpee's
Seeds + this is my first opportunity of growing them since 1914.
2. The Sweet peas planted were a selection from your dollar collection
and also the three new varietie's, President Harding, Radiance and
Sapphire. I planted them [[insert]] outdoors [[/insert]] during Easter week
by the trench method + have had very satisfactory results. The lateness
of
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the spring was very discouraging but the sunny June & July have
enabled them to recover from any such handicap. The first bloom picked
was a president Harding on July 4. Since then till the present date (Aug
13) they have flowered continuously. They are now in their prime and
we are picking two very large bouquets morning and evening. This is
from an outlay of $1.60 (24 packets).
The Calliopsis was a flower unknown to me. It was a complimentary
packets from your firm. I carefully followed directions replanting &
culture & have now a very beautiful bed of fine flowers. The feathery
foliage & charming color are a constant delight.
The Poppies, a lovely soft rose shade, are now in bloom, the plants
loaded with buds & blossoms.
The Nasturtiums (Variegated leaves) have been blooming since first
Week of July with rich reds, golden & orange blossoms. A special
^[[feature]] of the flowers is that each is attached to such a long stem.
The callandulas, with a most unusual shade of rich bronze flower are a
delight to the eye.
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3.
My experience this summer has more than confirmed my opinion that its
the most satisfactory thing to buy Burpee's Seeds. when you want
results.
W. G. Coles.
Box #472
Prescott. Aug. 13 1924
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[[underline]]
Essay.
"What Burpee's Seeds have done for me."
[[/underline]]
W. G. Coles
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