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Object ID 000788

Object Name Sunrise Vegetable Seeds

Object Desc Cardboard display case and one large seed packet for "Sunrise" Collection of Vegetable Seeds put up by W. D. Burt in Dalton, NY.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY000715a-b

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Agriculture


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Hardware Store

Object Date

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords seeds,vegetables,gardening,Sunrise Vegetable Seeds,W. D. Burt,display,

Title Sunrise Vegetable Seeds

Description Yellow cardboard display case (CMY715a) and one large seed packet (CMY715b) for "Sunrise" Collection of Vegetable Seeds made by W. D. Burt in Dalton, NY. Box indicates seed packet cost ten cents. Sides of display are marked with price and the words "Seeds of Quality." Back and bottom are devoid of printing. Seed packet is large and has image of vegetables - drumhead cabbage, early peas, dixie watermelon, early carrots, eclipse beets, danvers onion, early cucumber, white tipped radish, early tomato, early muskmelon, early corn, amd golden wax beans. Back of seed packet gives information on each of the 12 varieties of seeds enclosed in the larger packet.


Approx Collection Date

Height 9.25

Length 0

Width 7.25

Depth 4.5

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details CMY715a: 9.25" at tallest (back) portion, 1.75 at shortest point. CMY715b: 6.75" wide. 9.25" high.

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker W. D. Burt

Maker Details As a teenager, William D. Burt entered a pumpkin growing contest in 1894 and won. He was persuaded to sell the seeds of his giant pumpkin and in 1896 started a seed company. His seeds came to the attention of 5 and 10 cent stores such as Woolworths and he became a huge success. At the company’s height of production it employed over fifty people and produced over 20,000,000 seed packets per year. A great deal of the success of the seed company can be attributed to the brightly colored lithographed "Collection Bags." The "Collection Bags" each contained five or more packets of seeds that were depicted in rich, vibrant colors thanks to the litho processed used. The seed business was thriving in 1925 when W.D. unexpectedly passed away. His son, Malcolm, took over the running of the family business along with his step-mother. Malcolm abandoned the seed business in the 1940s and turned the building into a print shop. All of the remaining seed stock were donated to the war effort.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY715a-b



Date JUN 5,2013

Summary Good

Assessor Molly Hannan

Notes Cardboard display box has damage to back top portion. Wear on corners. Seed packet has been opened and is empty of original contents. Marks on back of seed packet where it was glued at seams.