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The Vick Seed Company

Background Information

Employment History

Victory Seed Company

Seedsmen Hall of Fame

Owner

Affiliations

Corresponding Secretary
Genesee Valley Horticultural Society

Web References (2 Total References)


James Vick -- Seedsmen.org

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James Vick

James Vick was born in Portsmouth, England on Nov. 23, 1818. In 1833, at the age of 12, he arrived in New York City to learn the printing trade. In 1837, he moved with his parents to Rochester, New York where he set type for several newspapers and journals. In 1849, James Vick was elected corresponding secretary of the Genesee Valley Horticultural Society.
James Vick - Circa 1873
The photograph was taken by Rochester photographer J. H. Kent and used in Vick's 1873 Floral Guide, No. 2.
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Vick was associated with the " Genesee Farmer" as a writer and editor from 1849 became owner and publisher in 1855. With Vick as editor, the publication became more elegant and circulation rapidly increased. A year later he sold out to Joseph Harris. On the death of A. J. Downing, James Vick bought " The Horticulturist" and moved it to Rochester in 1853.
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About this time, Vick started to grow flowers and then began sending seeds out by mail to the readers of his publication.
In 1855 he established a seed store and nursery on East Avenue in Rochester. In 1856, Vick started "Rural Annual and Horticultural Directory" . The first half was a seed catalog and the second a list of nurserymen.
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In 1878, Vick started a paper, " Vick's Illustrated Monthly" which was published by the Vick Seed Company in Rochester and in Dansville until 1909. This
magazine was sold by subscription. Vick also printed a set of prints that were either sold or offered as premiums with large orders.
Vick's Rochester Office Vick's Rochester Picture Book "Greeting"
Vick was one of the most successful horticultural seedsman, writers, and merchandisers of his day.


Seedsmen Hall of Fame, James Vick - Victory Seed Company

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Vick’s Floral Guide | James VickSeedsmen Hall of Fame, James Vick - Victory Seed Company

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James Vick
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James Vick was born in Portsmouth, England on Nov. 23, 1818.In 1833, at the age of 12, he arrived in New York City to learn the printing trade.In 1837, he moved with his parents to Rochester, New York where he set type for several newspapers and journals.In 1849, James Vick was elected corresponding secretary of the Genesee Valley Horticultural Society. James Vick - Circa 1873
Vick was associated with the "Genesee Farmer" as a writer and editor from 1849 became owner and publisher in 1855.With Vick as editor, the publication became more elegant and circulation rapidly increased.A year later he sold out to Joseph Harris.On the death of A. J. Downing, James Vick bought "The Horticulturist" and moved it to Rochester in 1853.It was devoted to horticulture, floriculture, landscape gardening, and rural architecture.
About this time, Vick started to grow flowers and then began sending seeds out by mail to the readers of his publication.
East Ave. Demonstration FarmLine Art of Vick's Seed Farm on East Avenue
In 1855 he established a seed store and nursery on East Avenue in Rochester.
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In 1856, Vick started "Rural Annual and Horticultural Directory".The first half was a seed catalog and the second a list of nurserymen.
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In 1878, Vick started a paper, "Vick's Illustrated Monthly" which was published by the Vick Seed Company in Rochester and in Dansville until 1909.This magazine was sold by subscription.Vick also printed a set of prints that were either sold or offered as premiums with large orders.
Vick was one of the most successful horticultural seedsman, writers, and merchandisers of his day.The Vick Seed Company continued into the 20th century before being sold to the Burpee Seed Co.
Sources:
The Flower City 1850 - 1899

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