1895 - Source: http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Interesting name! Livingston's Sons. I have never seen a company named like that, have you?
I have jumped into an old seed company's history after the son has taken the reins. But this cover with its phrasing just caught my fancy.
Consider this posting, with the brief history below, an introduction to the family, with many nice images from catalogs to follow. AND, since A.W. is very important in the history of tomatoes, be expecting some very lush lithographs as well as interesting tomato gossip.
This envelope is unusual. It is addressed to Livingston's Sons from another seedsman, Nordlinger, an importer.
I so like the whimsical carrot page...bunches hanging on nails with their names in fancy-dan script! Those lovely concentric circles around the little Golden Ball's root end!!
The following text history is from the still extant company web site!
Livingston Seed was founded in 1850 by Alexander Livingston. Mr. Livingston developed the first reliable tomato variety and cultivated a total of 31 varieties under the name “Buckeye Garden Seed Company”. The first of these was the Paragon, introduced in 1870. However, in Mr. Livingston’s day tomatoes were generally thought poisonous. In fact, tomatoes were prized more as exotic ornamentals than edibles.