Northrup, King and Company automatic weighing machine

Northrup, King and Company automatic weighing machine

Northrup, King and Company automatic weighing machine, 1917. Photographer: Charles J. Hibbard.

Northrup, King and Company seed laboratory

Northrup, King and Company seed laboratory

Northrup, King and Company seed laboratory, 1917. Photographer: Charles J. Hibbard.

Northrup, King and Company offices on Hennepin Avenue

Northrup, King and Company offices on Hennepin Avenue

Northrup, King and Company offices on Hennepin Avenue, c.1915.

Postcard advertising Northrup, King and Company's Sterling Seeds

Postcard advertising Northrup, King and Company's Sterling Seeds

Postcard advertising Northrup, King and Company's Sterling Seeds, c.1912.

Postcard advertising Northrup, King and Company carnations

Postcard advertising Northrup, King and Company carnations

Postcard advertising Northrup, King and Company carnations, c.1915.

Northrup, King and Company

With its lavishly illustrated seed catalogs and store displays, Northrup, King and Company became a household name at the turn of the twentieth century. The company sold hardy, Northern-grown garden seed before expanding into Northern field seed and plant hybrids.

Wheat harvest at G.S. Barnes and Company farm

Wheat harvest at G.S. Barnes and Company farm

Wheat harvest at G.S. Barnes and Company farm in Glyndon (Clay County), c.1878.

Bruns and Finkle general store, Moorhead

Bruns and Finkle general store, Moorhead. Stereograph, c.1880.

Bruns and Finkle Grain Elevator, Moorhead

In 1878, Red River Valley businessmen Henry A. Bruns and Henry G. Finkle built the first steam-powered grain elevator in the United States. In its first harvest season, the grain elevator handled almost 250,000 bushels of wheat from more than 5,000 wagons.

Minnesota locusts of the 1870s

Minnesota locusts of the 1870s

Minnesota locusts of the seventies, c.1870s. Photograph by Jacoby's Art Gallery.

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