The holiday season is quickly approaching. Do you need a host/hostess gift, a stocking stuffer, or Christmas cards? Stop by the library to pick up a package of note cards featuring a beautiful print of a Jewett Red apple painted 100 years ago in Topsham, VT. Note cards are on sale in a package of five for $7.00.
In 1917, artist Royal Charles Steadman visited the orchard at the Dimock Farm in Topsham, VT, where he used watercolor paints to create this incredibly life-like image of a Jewett Red. Steadman’s painting is part of the USDA’s Pomological Watercolor Collection. More on this collection from the USDA website:
“The USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection documents fruit and nut varieties developed by growers or introduced by USDA plant explorers around the turn of the 20th century. Technically accurate paintings were used to create lithographs illustrating USDA bulletins, yearbooks, and other series distributed to growers and gardeners across America.”
Thank you to Anne McKinsey of AMCK Web and Print Design for designing, printing, and donating these lovely note cards to the library.
High resolution images of the collection are now available on the USDA website for public use. More information about the collection is on the USDA website»
The Jewett Red apple image is available here»
This image is used by permission of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705