Monroe: Commercial Office Print, 1860. Broadside, 18 x 12 1/2 inches. Old folds. Upper left corner cut away, affecting edge of the ornamental border. Some light soiling and wear, slight separation at some folds. Minor tissue repair at fold on verso. Very good. Nursery broadside advertising for the Monroe Nursery, including a product list that contains seventy-six varieties of apple trees and thirty-four kinds of pears, plus a selection of cherries, peaches, nectarines, apricots, plums, quinces, grapes, gooseberries, blackberries, raspberries, currants, roses, ornamental trees and shrubs, etc. The proprietor addresses the reader directly, extolling the virtues of his stock and warning people only to buy from direct agents of the nurseries so as not to be swindled by bad product. He also provides a price list of his fruit trees and some hints on transplanting. In the printed text, Ilgenfritz states "Since I established myself in the Nursery business in Monroe in 1847, I have spared neither pains nor expense in rendering this one of the most reliable Nurseries in the country. My present stock is very large, and I can assure you that the size of the trees and the quality of the fruit will compare favorably with any in the country, eastern stock not excepted." He mentions he has been in business for over thirteen years, dating the broadside to about 1860. This nursery was one of the largest in the United States. It was operated from 1847 until 1984 by the same family. Not found on OCLC, where the earliest listings for this company are the late 1870s. (Inventory #: WRCAM48994)
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