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This is a photograph of a close-up of a specimen of Luther Burbank's famous thornless cactus, 1912. This image was salvaged from an encyclopedia edited by F. E. Wright. The thornless cactus was invented to serve as food for livestock in the desert. Burbank later wrote that he would never have attempted this “ most arduous and soul-testing experience that I have ever undergone.” It was a torment to find little cactus spines imbedded in his skin and permanently lodged in his clothing. Burbank finally succeeded and produced a plant that grew only rudimentary spines and then dropped them voluntarily. His dream of the thornless cactus was never realized.

The paper measures 5 x 7.25 inches and is blank on the reverse side. The paper is in excellent condition. Ready to frame.

Thornless Cactus will be mailed to you in a non-bendable mailer, carefully housed in an acid free archival sleeve by First Class Mail.

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Vintage Image of Luther Burbanks Famous Thornless Cactus 1912


  • Vintage item from the 1910s
  • Materials: paper, ink, ephemera
  • Ships worldwide from Canada
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