Growing a Business by Mail: 1885:
The mail-order business blossomed in the late 1800s. With the postal service as a distributor, companies began to serve more and more customers across the country.
The seed business thrived on mail orders. Seeds were crucial to the economy, and they were given a special, lower postage rate. Seed catalogs and mail-order shipments enabled farmers to try new varieties of plants and follow the latest scientific advice.