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"The Prize Contest"
W. Atlee Burpee Co.
Phila, Pa

Dear Sirs:

Just "two" of Burpees "wonders", let me tell you about. First," Burpee's Dwarf Giant Tomatoes". they are truly wonderful, & the most delicious tomatoe I ever tasted. Now for 3 seasons I have planted them, and they are so prolific, best of all every seed I plant seems to germinate & I have plenty to give to my friends. They are splendid & I would gladly pay fifty cents for a package of them. The second "great wonder" is Burpee [[Fordhook?]] Celery. This is not supposed to be climate for celery, but I just thought I would take a chance at it, but I had friends who tried to discourage me, I bought Burpee's seed & followed the culture directions to a tee, one gentleman here who proudly boasted of raising the very finest celery any where around here, said I would never get any finer than he could raise, said he had had stalks tip the scales at 1 1/4 pounds, well I just didn't say much, but worked hard, to get mine up to perfection, and  on Christmas day, dug 3 stalks, one weighed 3 3/4 lbs, one 3, and one 2 lbs. I certainly did not hesitate in telling my farmer friend; he vowed my scales were wrong, but I gave two of stalks to friends of his & they in turn would boast of size of stalks, this year I have a beautiful bed all ready now to transplant and I am going to put some on exhibit at Chamber of Commerce; if it does as well, as that of two past seasons. It is delicious celery, so crisp & so nutty, I have an unvalid friend, that just wont eat any other than mine, from digging time until it is all gone. says it tastes so different from the other celery, I am working hard to be listed as the "Champion Celery" raiser around here. and will let you know how my luck is this winter.

Yours truly
Mrs. J. Addison Willett Jr. Newport News, Virginia
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