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Old March 17, 2010   #1
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Default Free Tomato Books 1800's - 1920's (PDFs)

Not only tomatoes books but books on farm tools, farming, school books for farming (yep they taught that in the schools) and more


Forcing tomatoes (1902)
http://www.archive.org/details/forcingtomatoes00beal

Tomatoes and how to grow them .. ([191-?])
http://www.archive.org/details/cu31924085711459

Fertilizer experiments with greenhouse lettuce and tomatoes (1927)
http://www.archive.org/details/fertilizerexperim00lloy

Fruits and vegetables under glass; apples, apricots, cherries, figs, grapes, melons, peaches and nectarines, pears, pineapples, plums, strawberries; asparagus, beans, beets, carrots, chicory, cauliflowers, cucumbers, lettuce, mushrooms, radishes, rhubarb, sea kale, tomatoes (1912)
http://www.archive.org/details/fruitsvegetables00turn

Tomato culture; a practical treatise on the tomato, its history, characteristics, planting, fertilization, cultivation in field, garden, and greenhouse, harvesting, packing, storing, marketing, insect enemies and diseases, with methods of control and remedies, etc., etc (1919)
http://www.archive.org/details/tomat...epra00tracuoft


Livingston and the tomato : being the history of experiences in discovering the choice varieties introduced by him, with practical instructions for growers (1893)
http://www.archive.org/details/livingstontomato00livi

Vegetation and reproduction with special reference to the tomato .. (1918)
http://www.archive.org/details/vegetationreprod00krau

Tomato culture; a practical treatise on the growing and cultivation of the tomato (1913)
http://www.archive.org/details/tomatoculturepra00vanc

Tomato culture; a practical treatise on the tomato, its history, characteristics, planting, fertilization, cultivation in field, garden, and green house, harvesting, packing, storing, marketing, insect enemies and diseases, with methods of control and remedies, etc., etc (1907)
http://www.archive.org/details/tomat...epra00traciala

The tomato: with cultural directions for maintaining a continuous supply of fruit, including also special instructions for amateurs, growers of fruits for markets, and exhibitors, a chapter on diseases and insect pests, and their prevention, and a list of sixty good and useful recipes for the guidance of cooks (1889)
http://www.archive.org/details/cu31924003392283

The art of cookery made easy and refined: comprising ample directions for preparing every article requisite for furnishing the tables of the nobleman, gentleman, and tradesman (1802)
http://www.archive.org/details/artofcookerymade00moll2

The book of a thousand gardens; (1912)

http://www.archive.org/details/bookofthousandga00fiel
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What an interesting read this a.m.

and for those that don't have the time, zoom in and check out "Some Big Tomatoes"

http://www.archive.org/stream/bookof...ge/20/mode/2up
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"A little rough but good"

ROFL! I WANT to grow THOSE Maters! OMG!
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I typed in American bee journal and found about 70 issues in pdf, etc
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Old March 21, 2010   #5
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Not a tomato book but it looks very interesting

The American orchardist : or, A practical treatise on the culture and management of apple and other fruit trees, with observations on the diseases to which they are liable, and their remedies : to which is added the most approved method of manufacturing and preserving cider, and also wine from apple juice and currants : adapted to the use of American farmers, and all lovers and cultivators of fine fruit (1825)

http://www.archive.org/details/ameri...dist00thacrich

Unfermented apple juice (1908)

http://www.archive.org/details/unfer...pple00gorerich
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Old March 22, 2010   #6
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I love the Book of a Thousand Gardens! There's even someone in there from my town!

http://www.archive.org/stream/bookof...search/danbury

Thanks for posting it PNW_D and John3 too!

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Old March 22, 2010   #7
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Cool, thanks, lots of reading there, good for a rainy day.
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Old March 31, 2010   #8
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not tomatoes - I found this
Illustrated descriptive catalogue of grape vines, small fruit, and seed potatoes, cultivated and for sale at the Bushberg vineyards and orchards, Jefferson County, Mo., with brief directions for planting and cultivating (1869)
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http://www.archive.org/details/illustrateddescr02bush

and this on on roses
The rose, historical and descriptive; gathered from various sources (1879)
http://www.archive.org/details/rosehistoricalde00shaw

It's a cool place to search around at
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Those books are a fascinating read. When they talk about the work involved it makes me feel very, very lazy.

I was reading in the Henry Field book and one of the gardeners mentioned Paris Green. She used it on her cucumbers, beans, etc "about 8 pounds worth". It sounded familiar so I looked it up on the internet. Apparently it was used widely by artists and still is to some extent. It also kills, well, lots of things, including pretty much anything that eats it. Most arsenic compounds do that!
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"A little rough but good"

ROFL! I WANT to grow THOSE Maters! OMG!
So what variety were those things?
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So what variety were those things?
In the 1919 book, Golden Trophy were listed as "a large rough variety". It doesn't say how good they were.

The article "Some Big Tomatoes" doesn't tell what kind they were. I believe I'll go with the normal and good, if given the option.
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Tomato culture for amateurs. A guide to its successful cultivation under glass and in the open air (1905)



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The manufacture of tomato products, including whole tomato pulp or puree, tomato catsup, chili sauce, tomato soup, trimming pulp (1919)

http://www.archive.org/details/manufactureoftom00hier
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Tomato raising in common gardens (1870)

http://www.archive.org/details/tomatoraisinginc00tayl
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Fertilizer experiments with tomatoes (1913)

http://www.archive.org/details/fertilizerexperi142dacy




Tomato notes (1908)

http://www.archive.org/details/tomatonotes117muns




The process of ripening in the tomato, considered especially from the commercial standpoint (1920)

http://www.archive.org/details/processofripenin00sand




Fruits and vegetables under glass; apples, apricots, cherries, figs, grapes, melons, peaches and nectarines, pears, pineapples, plums, strawberries; asparagus, beans, beets, carrots, chicory, cauliflowers, cucumbers, lettuce, mushrooms, radishes, rhubarb, sea kale, tomatoes (1912)

http://www.archive.org/details/fruitsvegetables00turn




Tomatoes and how to grow them .. ([191-?])

http://www.archive.org/details/cu31924085711459




On the growing and marketing of tomatoes (1897)

http://www.archive.org/details/ongrowmarktoma




Growing tomatoes for early market (1910)

http://www.archive.org/details/growingtomatoesf00lloy






Fertilizer experiments with greenhouse tomatoes (1937)

http://www.archive.org/details/fertilizerexperim00lloyd


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