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Company:
William H. Moon Company  Search this
Medium:
Paper
Dimensions:
8 11/16 × 11 3/4 in. (22.1 × 29.8 cm)
Type:
Advertising ephemera
Trade catalogs
Date:
ca. 1891-1904
Description:
Lithographic print of black and white photographs of “A Hedge of Hydrangea Paniculata Grandiflora,” “A Partial View of our Grounds,” “Abies Noromanniana - Photographed from a specimen in our grounds” by the William H. Moon Company. The page has been mounted on cardboard and placed in a decorative green and gold printed frame. By the mid-nineteenth century in America, advertisements regularly appeared in newspapers, magazines, trade journals, and catalogues. Companies could run ads in major national publications to reach customers nationwide, or they could reach out to more narrowly targeted audiences through ads in local papers or specialized trade journals. Advertisements employed color, illustrations, clever wording to attract business and influence consumers. All this was made possible by technological advances in the economical manufacture of paper and the printing press. Ads ranged from full-page spreads to smaller features within the column space. Many companies added promotions to their advertisements as a marketing tactic to excite business.
By the mid-nineteenth century in America, advertisements regularly appeared in newspapers, magazines, trade journals, and catalogues. Companies could run ads in major national publications to reach customers nationwide, or they could reach out to more narrowly targeted audiences through ads in local papers or specialized trade journals. Advertisements employed color, illustrations, clever wording to attract business and influence consumers. All this was made possible by technological advances in the economical manufacture of paper and the printing press. Ads ranged from full-page spreads to smaller features within the column space. Many companies added promotions to their advertisements as a marketing tactic to excite business.
Label Text:
Horticultural commerce flourished in the mid-to-late-nineteenth century, and many seedsmen and nurserymen published elaborate trade catalogs illustrated with chromolithographs to boost sales. Until the 1870s, seed catalogues were largely printed lists of the different varieties available with their prices. By the 1880s, many companies were producing sizable booklets with bold-colored detailed illustrations of plants both inside and on their covers, and many were selling additional gardening products as well, such as books, garden furnishings, tools, and supplies. In addition to goods, many of catalogues contained advice on garden layouts, bedding designs, and advice on plant culture. In the face of intense competition in the seed industry, the catalogue was an essential tool for many businesses to market their goods and forge trust with their customers. These catalogues were often so successful that for many seed and plant merchants the catalog was their only salesman, and they did not have to hire agents or traveling salesmen. Lithography, chromolithography and the steam press all contributed to their proliferation, and advances in transportation and mail services led to their widespread distribution. The successful use of catalogues gave seed companies the ability to deploy their products nationwide and bring the consumer together with their goods as speeds previously impossible.
Paper/Support:
Mounted on cardboard
Topic:
advertisements  Search this
chromolithographs  Search this
trade catalogs  Search this
advertising  Search this
bulbs  Search this
floriculture  Search this
flowers (plants)  Search this
gardening  Search this
horticulture  Search this
marketing  Search this
nurseries (horticulture)  Search this
print advertising  Search this
Seed industry and trade  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian Gardens, Horticultural Artifacts Collection.
Accession number:
1984.250.188
Restrictions & Rights:
Access to original artifacts by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to Smithsonian Gardens: gardens@si.edu
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Horticultural Artifacts Collection
Data Source:
Smithsonian Gardens
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:hac_1984.250.188