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Excerpt from book: THE AMERICAN POMOLOGICAL SOCIETY L. H. Bailey The fruit interests of North America are strikingly large. They are commercial, representing great areas and the investment of heavy capital, with the application of marked technical and manual skill and the exercise of much resourcefulness in marketing. They are also amateur, contributing to the home- making instinct and affording the exercise of attractive personal ingenuity in the growing of the choicest products. These fruits are of extensive variety, ranging through all the orchard kinds to nuts, grapes, berries, citrus and tropical fruits, and the still wild produce of woods and fields. It may not be generally known that these extensive interests are represented by a society of great age and high standing. This, the American Pomological Society, is the subject of this article, inasmuch as it is now in process of active reorganization and it is attracting renewed attention. Even as long ago as 1880, the cautious Robert Manning, in writing his history of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society and incidentally of American horticulture, was able to say that the American Pomological Society "has effected more for the advancement of pomology than any other association in the world, and its publications have become a standard on the subject." In fact, this shelf of volumes is indispensable to any one who would understand the development of the horticulture of the country. The Society has been called "the supreme court of horticulture". In particular, its opinions on varieties and nomenclature have been accepted. It has tried to- maintain the best standards, to prevent duplication, substitution, misnaming, and the exploitation of inferior kinds. The Fruit Catalogue was long a recognized authority. This Catalogue, with recomm...  
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