The publishing business in the Victorian age, with magazines, catalogs, and newspapers, gave companies a new way to sell their wares. Which companies did well? The ones who created lusciously beautiful advertising art - very appealing images people would cut out of the newspaper and keep. This is one of the best.
Antique Burpee Seed Catalog from 1893
The 1893 image is an advertisement for Burpee Seeds, featuring a vintage cantaloupe sliced open to show the delicious melon inside. Vintage seed catalogs and packets are little pieces of fruit art, designed in a time when advertisers were looking for "wow" images that people would hold on to and remember the next time they visited their retail store..