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Hybrid Corn Ads from the J.C. Robinson Seed Company

The Nebraska State Historical Society’s collections are full of fun advertising materials. I thought you might enjoy seeing a few examples advertising Funk’s hybrid corn from the Rob-See-Co (J.C. Robinson Seed Company). These advertisements date from the 1940s and 1950s.

James C. Robinson established the company in 1888 and was the sole proprietor until 1904, when the company was incorporated as the J.C. Robinson Seed Company. The company had about 2,000 acres for producing seed crops. Additionally, they utilized 15,000 to 20,000 acres each year under a contract system.

By 1917, the company had five large warehouses in Waterloo, Nebraska, and another in Rocky Ford, Colorado. Business grew throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Today, The J. C. Robinson Seed Company is one of the member companies comprising Golden Harvest Seeds Inc., one of the the nation’s largest seed brands.

-Laura Mooney, Senior Museum Curator

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