Selling Seeds in 1953

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I found this old seed packet advertising recently–from 1953, and had
fun looking through it.  You would sell packets of seeds for 10 cents a
packet and then earn PRIZES for your sales!  How easy was that?  It
says right in the booklet that everyone wants to buy these American
Seeds and that some people sold all their seeds in one hour!

Most of these prizes were available if you sold $4.50 worth of seed packets.
By the way, that’s FORTY-FIVE seed packets . . .do you even know forty-five
people who want seeds?  Do you know FIVE people who want nine packets?

Anyway, let’s choose our prizes and worry about sales later!  There were
many, many prizes available, but half of them were “boy” prizes, and some
were even boring old household.  So as a young girl, I would have chosen
from these:   (how about you?)

A Cinderella Wrist Watch from Walt Disney! in a  real "glass" slipper!! ©booksandbuttons (click on photos to enlarge)

A Cinderella Wrist Watch from Walt Disney! in a
real “glass” slipper!! ©booksandbuttons
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a real lamp for your bedroom! ©booksandbuttons

a real lamp for your bedroom! ©booksandbuttons

Roller Skates with bright nickel finish--with key! ©booksandbuttons

Roller Skates with bright nickel finish–with key! ©booksandbuttons

Watch real movies at home!  This one you had to add $7.50 to the order. (not going to happen) ©booksandbuttons

Watch real movies at home! This one you had to add $7.50 to the order. (not going to happen) ©booksandbuttons

In fact, I’m beginning to notice, just as a kid would, that hardly any of
the prizes come free by selling the $4.50 order . . .still, the lure of the
“prize” is thrilling.

OMG! a phonograph! ©booksandbuttons

OMG! a phonograph! ©booksandbuttons

ah--the typewriter doesn't require extra money---very, very tempting.   ©booksandbuttons

ah–the typewriter doesn’t require extra money—very, very tempting. ©booksandbuttons

Another true prize--no extra money.  It sure looks familiar! ©booksandbuttons

Another true prize–no extra money. It sure looks familiar!
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ooh, the locket set.  I think I had it!  Each locket holds two photos.  Doesn't get any better than this! ©booksandbuttons

ooh, the locket set. I think I had it! Each locket holds two photos. Doesn’t get any better than this! ©booksandbuttons

The pamphlet explains how to sell and gives handy tips for selling:

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So, there you are—ready for business.  Which prize are you going to
work toward?
And then, what will I do with the booklet?  Oh, I’ll think of something.

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6 Responses to Selling Seeds in 1953

  1. Buttondeb says:

    NICE use of the booklet….! And while we’re on the subject, remember S & H Green stamps?!

  2. FictionFan says:

    I had a Disney Cinderella watch!!! But not in a slipper – mine came draped round a little figurine of Cinders herself. Oh, how I loved that figurine – in fact, I can’t imagine what happened to it. I’m sure it didn’t get broken and I’d never have thrown it away…oh dear, I feel a major search of storage staches coming on… 😉

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