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Title: The American garden
Identifier: americang1418811883broo
Year: 1873 (1870s)
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Subjects: Horticulture; Gardening
Publisher: Brooklyn, N. Y. : [s. n. ]
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New-York Observer For 1882. A NATIONAL, UNSECTARIAN, Family Newspaper All the News of the. Week, RELIGIOUS and SECULAR. Correspondence from all Parts of the World. VIGOROUS EDITORIALS, Selections from a wide range of books and periodi- cals, with a view of cnrreDt literature. An Agricultural, Youths’and Business Department, FRESH EVERY WEEK. Eight Editors and a Large Corps of Contributors. TERMS: $3.1.5 (post-paid), in advance. IRENiEUS LETTERS. A new volume, by S. IliEN^BUS Prime, with elegant portrait. This handsome hook of four hu dred pages contains ONE HUNDRED LETTERS Si!.15 and a lioim Jiilp New Subscriber. The portrait alone will he sent for 15 cents. Address NEW-YORK OBSERVER, New-York City. The Oldest and Most Popular of the Illustrated Weeklies. Frank Leslie’s llustrated Newspaper. FIFTY-SECOND VOLUME of this FAVORITE PERIODICAL. The Prominent Events of the Day (Political. Social, Commercial. Scientific, etc. etc.), at Home and Abroad, Recorded and Beautifully Illustrated. One Page (containing six to eight illustrations) is ■voted In careful reproductions from the Illustrated oreign Press. Able Editorials on all subjects of public interest. Original Serial Novels, Short Stories, Sketches, Biographies, Poetry, Foreign and Domestic Gossip, Anecdotes, etc., etc. Admirable Cartoons, humorously illustrating prominent political incidents, and the follies and foibles of the day, appear in each number. A NEW AND THRILLING SERIAL STORY A CLOUDED NAME,’ entertaining novel, in which every ssion issounded.and each character lasterful a manner as to enchain the ■ pimiant opening to the unexpected is of the best order of fiction. "THE BEST Illustrated PAPER. — We wrote to the American News Company to send us t wenty-ti ve extra copies of some illustrated paper giving the best illus- trations relative to the attempted assassination of President (iartield, anil received in response twenty copies of Frank Leslie’s I lustra i ed Newspaper. What better evidence could there be to place this paper ahead of all other illustrated papers .’ Frank Leslie’s publications are all good, and outsell any others,"—Florida State Journal. "In the number of the portraits of eminent men — an interesting feature —we think the Illustrated icr’n Weekly, th Weekly in politic Express ami standard. "All the illustrations are sharp and well brought out. Frank Leslie’s Ili.tstra run Newspaper is tlie leading pictorial of this country."— Courant, Columbia, Pa. "Amongst the illustrated weeklies, FRANK LESLIE’S ILLUSTRATED NEWSPAPER stands with I ho highest. Their artists excel in character and in the delineation of their subjects, whether descriptive, sentimental, or comic. It, grows better with age, and is fully up to the times on every subject. The price is only 10 cents a copy, or sf.OO a year." — U’ilm i nijtan (Del.) Republican. "Always call for Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper at the news-depot. The best paper in the world; everything ot importance pictured out lifelike and/oc-Kc/n He. Try it. Buy it."—Molly (Mich.) Register. "Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper offers j new attractions every week. It is ably edited, tan- am! impartial in its criticisms of men and measures, and gives all the foreign and home news in circulation. It is worth many times the price of subscription every year to its patrjo’ns."—Dysart (Iowa) Reporter. " It contains the very best of reading, is not poison- ous to the youth, and furnishes all I he amusement and edification that is desirable at the trifling cost of ten cents. If you wish to provide your children with tii-st-class reading, get Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper "—iT. Y. Union. "Frank Leslie’s illustrated newspaper is always enterprising and « up to the times.’ editorially and pictoriallv. Its sale in this section is steadily increasing."—’Kansas city (Mo.) Times. Published every Wednesday. To be had at all news- dealers’, price, 10 cents. Annual subscription, $4.00, post-paid. FRANK LESLIE, Publisher, 53, 55 & 57 Park Place, N. Y. The new series of Scribner’s MONTHLY : TO BE CALLED The Century Magazine IF YOU HAVE A GARDEN, YOU NEED

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