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MacPhee House Community Museum

Packet, Seed


Accession number: 1996.005.001
Date: 1930 – 1950
Measurements: 12.8 cm L x 9.5 cm W x 0.5 cm ThickPacket thickness is due to the size of the seeds. Otherwise it would be two sheets of paper thick.
Description: Printed Paper packet of Sweet pea seeds. Colour Graphic.
History of Use: Enfolding botanical specimens in paper dates to at least the 18th Century (http://www.common-place.org/vol-08/no-04/lessons/)  A natural development of this is the use of envelopes to hold small quantities of seeds for sale. Graphic representation of the contents in flower or fruit aided both the purchaser and vendor.  Commercial production of these packets by printing firms has been continuous since at least the turn of the 20th Century. Because of the small printing runs for an individual seed supplier, "generic" graphics were produced, then over-printed with the seed company's name. this was especiall prevelant in the  1930s- to 1950s.(http://www.thelabelman.com/antique_seed_packet.php) - the probable time frame of this example.