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?)
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.
The pamphlet explains how to sell and gives handy tips for selling:
So, there you are—ready for business. Which prize are you going to
And then, what will I do with the booklet? Oh, I’ll think of something.