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1998/99 Gardening Catalog Cover   1998/99 Gardening Customer Letter
 
Print Catalog Cover
 
Dear Customer,

We introduced most of our winter's development work on new tools in our two earlier 1998 mini-catalogs. Although we have a number of new items in this catalog there are no real spellbinders. For example, our new long-handled spades and forks will be very welcome to all those over 6 feet tall, but will rank right along with flossing as a subject of interest to the rest of you. On the other had, we have a paring knife on our Special Buys insert that should interest anyone who has ever peeled a potato.

But the product line I would most like to talk to you about is old books. Earlier, we produced a reprint of The Gardeners Kalendar first published in 1777. In this catalog we introduce you to the 1898 catalog of Boulton & Paul, a book that gives many hours of enjoyment.

We have other reprints on the way, but would like to hear from you about books you would again like to see in print. We are particularly interested in books produced at the end of the last century and in the first quarter of this century when both woodworking tools and gardening tools were much more important for the day-to-day earnings of a large portion of the population.

If you have an old favorite that you would like to see in print again, please let us know. We promise to respond to all suggestions. If you are uncertain about our possible interest in any given title, send your suggestion along anyway. When we first started along this path, we had no intention of reprinting something like the Boulton & Paul catalog, but someone brought it in (in the hope that we might be interested) and virtually everyone who saw it here felt that it should be reprinted.

Who knows? You might have an old spellbinder to reprint.

Yours sincerely,

Leonard G. Lee
President

 
 


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