No date. No publication data, but surely published for Vaughan's Seed Company, est. 1876., Chicago. Novelty Pup-up.
On the first heavy card page, Bobby and Betty and their little dog look through an open window, surrounded by a flowery trellis behind which a folded green page can be pulled out to form a stand. As the shaped half pages are lifted, the children look out over their growing garden, first a page of marigolds, then zinnias, larkspurs, asters, petunias. Each flower has a seed packet, with the seeds still present. Then comes a page (often missing) with 8 little punchouts and instructions for assembling the scene. Last is a stone path through the lawn, which would complete the scene minus the punch out page. Daddy's garden tips run thoughout. Delightful!Hard to date: The children's clothes are from the 1940's and Vaughan discontinued their home garden catalog and moved from Chicago during the 1960's. We suspect this offering from Vaughan's came in several editions. There are other ring binding styles for this charming book but we like the sturdy, garden-tool look of these dark green ones.
CONDITION: Near Fine; 1958 gift inscription from a child's four Sunday School teachers on the back of the stand page, tiny rubs to corner tips, otherwise Fine, all 15ç seed packets present and unopened, punch out page unused. Item #22669