This is a classic and authentic catalog of some of the world's most beautiful roses. The authenticity of the catalog can be seen by the accompanying original envelope. It addressed to my father, without a zip code. The envelope is dirty from years of storage, but the catalog itself is in very good condition with a few smudges and very light bumps at top and bottom of the spine.
Will Tillotson actually died 2 years prior to the publishing of this catalog. Yet the company continues to this day.
"The March 14, 1959, issue of the New Yorker had an article on garden catalogues, in which the author, Katharine S. White,
rated Roses of Yesterday and Today above all others:
"The most beautiful, and still my favorite of all the rose books, is "Roses of Yesterday and Today," the Will Tillotson
Catalogue, of which Dorothy Stemler is now the editor. A photo of the late Mr. Tillotson forms the frontispiece, and his spirit
lingers in the book, together with some of his descriptions of the many old-fashioned and modern roses that the nursery
stocks. Mrs. Stemler, it seems to me, has made no missteps. The catalogue is now her own; the tone is a bit less rapturous and
the whole presentation is more down to earth, yet still full of charm. The photographs of the roses, which were always hers,
are better than ever. The cover this year is Watteau's 'L'Amante Inquiete,' and it is in delicate color -- an innovation... I should
add that the 1958 Tillotson method of packing dormant roses in polyethylene bags worked perfectly; every rose I ordered
from Will Tillotson last spring ... made it from California to Maine in perfect shape, and lived to thrive, in spite of the change
of climate." (P.100)" (from UC Santa Cruz Library, http://library.ucsc.edu/sites/default/files/exhibits/rosehistory.pdf" CB