Thursday, July 3, 2014

1906 - Livingston Seed Co.: Be Still My Heart

 This is a 1906 Livingston's Seeds catalog.
This sweet pepper is the vegetable equivalent of a Henry Miller novel.
You wouldn't know that inside, by this time, dull photo illustrations had almost replaced the sprightly engravings inside the catalog.  

I just love this green.

This is rather overstating the matter as applied to seed catalogs, but I do look for that special life affirming page within them :-)

"I believe that today more than ever a book should be sought after even if it has only one great page in it: we must search for fragments, splinters, toenails, anything that has ore in it, anything that is capable of resuscitating the body and soul. It may be that we are doomed, that there is no hope for us, any of us, but if that is so then let us set up a last agonizing, bloodcurdling howl, a screech of defiance, a war whoop! Away with lamentation! Away with elegies and dirges! Away with biographies and histories, and libraries and museums! Let the dead eat the dead. Let us living ones dance about the rim of the crater, a last expiring dance. But a dance!"
                      Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer, 1934