Farm equipment advertising.
I recently discovered in the storm cellar of an abandoned Nebraska homestead a tool box.
Inside said toolbox was a Catalogue (not a typo. From the Avery Planter Co dated 1893 on it's front cover.
It's made of red leather contains 111 pages of illustrations of their 1893 product line up, Illustrated parts list from previous models and telegraph codes. To make ordering via telegraph cheaper I assume. As they charged by the letter back then.
I tried to find any example of this on the web Wikipedia has a 1916 Catalog displayed. And a single printed ad from a magazine dated 1899 goes for $7.99 USD on ETSY.
I'm not certain but I may have discovered the oldest example found to date for an Avery Planter Co catalog as I cannot find reference to it ANYWHERE..
Any thoughts, input, or ideas would be appreciated.