January 8, 2011

Vintage Seed and Nursery Catalog Graphics


We had our sixth snowfall of the winter season last night! It has already melted, but that doesn’t stop the weatherman from predicting additional waves of fresh snow coming our way soon. The holidays are over and we all could use a little pick-me-up as we get firmly settled into January. Seed and nursery catalogs are arriving in our mailboxes right now and we’re thankful for that! They are a great reminder that cheerier weather is really not that far away.


So let’s do a little daydreaming! How about combating the dreary doldrums with an exploration of beautiful vintage catalog covers! I have found a treasure trove of these covers RIGHT HERE from the Smithsonian Institution Libraries.


It is the source for the positively exquisite examples shown in this post and also in my recent post about planting daffodil bulbs. I cleaned up these up a little bit with Photoshop. But the original graphics are in such great shape that they could be used without any editing too.


Based on the copyright information provided, you should not use the images for commercial purposes. But you can use them to for your own personal craft projects or your blog!

I hope you have fun exploring and that these darling graphics brighten your day!

P.S. You may right-click and save the vintage graphics in this post.


  1. I just popped over there to check some of them out and WOW, fabulous. I really like that first one you have posted, it's really pretty

  2. Beautiful graphics! Makes me wish I had a seed catalog coming...

  3. I got my first plant catalog in the mail today. I haven't looked at it yet, but I'm sure I will tomorrow while the snow is falling here.

  4. The seed catalogs have started arriving in our mail box and I love looking through them. However, past couple of years we've had some disappointing results with our seed purchases from them. I think this year we'll shop at the local nurseries.

  5. These are lovely. Thank you for sharing.

  6. These are beautiful Donna. Every year, I wish I would have planted daffodils and never do. I always enjoyed my Mom's though. She had the green thumb :)

  7. Ooohhh...I love these graphics! Thanks! I'm going to save them! I added your quote to my post today! It really was perfect! Stay warm! ♥


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