I photographed a story in the July issue of Smithsonian Magazine about efforts in the mid-19th century to trademark fruit by horticulturalist Charles Hovey. He used artists to create drawings of the fruit as a document to identify different varieties and bound them in a multi-volume book called The Fruits of America. The story is a very interesting example of early intellectual property.
Hovey was also a three year president of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. The MHS, which is located currently at Elm Bank in Wellesley, MA, was where these photos were made. The reservation also happens to be one of my family’s favorite places to picnic. I highly recommend a visit if you are in the area.