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LUTHER BURBANK - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 04/24/1923 - HFSID 217957

LUTHER BURBANK Luther Burbank sends a typed letter trying to help identify a photograph. Typed Letter Signed: "Luther Burbank", 1p, 8½x5½. Santa Rosa, California, 1923 April 24. To Grace Johnson Gennett, West Haven, Connecticut. In full: "Yours of April 18th just received.

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LUTHER BURBANK
Luther Burbank sends a typed letter trying to help identify a photograph.
Typed Letter Signed: "Luther Burbank", 1p, 8½x5½. Santa Rosa, California, 1923 April 24. To Grace Johnson Gennett, West Haven, Connecticut. In full: "Yours of April 18th just received. I judge from your description that the picture which you mention is that of myself. I was eighteen years old at the time it was taken. If you choose to send it to me I will verify it and return it to you at once. Meantime I send you catalogue and picture [not included] which looks like me somewhat but flatters me enormously. I remember a young man Johnson that went to the Academy where I was attending, but do not remember him very particularly. Sincerely yours," Handwritten postscript: "Catalogue & picture this mail. We receive 2,000 letters per week". American botanist and horticulturist Luther Burbank (1849-1926), a pioneer in agricultural science, developed the Burbank potato from 1872-1874 and used the proceeds to move to Santa Rosa, California, where he established a greenhouse, nursery and experimental fields. His Burbank potato, which was introduced in Ireland to help combat the blight epidemic, later became the Russet Burbank potato, which became the most cultivated potato in the U.S. and is today exclusively used for McDonald's French fries. Over his 55-year career, Burbank developed over 800 strains and varieties of plants, fruits and vegetables, including plums, berries, tomatoes, corn, squash, lilies, roses, the Shasta daisy and the Fire poppy. Burbank's eight-volume work, How Plants Are Trained to Work for Man, one of his many writings, was published in 1921. Vertical folds, 1 touches "n" in Burbank. Lightly creased touching signature.

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