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Luther Burbank

Typed Letter Signed - 1925

Typed letter dated June 17, 1925 and signed by Luther Burbank, the American botanist and horticulturist who developed, among many botanical marvels, an improved Irish potato (the Russet, now known as the Idaho) and more than 800 strains and varieties of other beneficial plants. In this letter he acknowledges receipt of a particular plant from a colleague in Puerto Rico, hoping it will grow on his Santa Rosa, California, farm. Letter in excellent condition, with expected folds and slight ghosting across signature due to folding of the envelope while ink was still wet.

Luther Burbank (1849-1926) was an American botanist, horticulturist and a pioneer in agricultural science. He developed hundreds of strains and varieties of plants over his 55-year career. Burbank's varied creations included fruits, flowers, grains, grasses, and vegetables. Burbank's most successful strains and varieties include the Shasta daisy, the Fire poppy, the July Elberta peach, the Santa Rosa plum, the Flaming Gold nectarine, the Wickson plum, the Freestone peach, and the white blackberry. A natural genetic variant of the Burbank potato with russet-colored skin later became known as the Russet Burbank potato. This large, brown-skinned, white-fleshed potato has become the world's predominant potato in food processing.