Vintage Forest Service Canvas & Leather Tree Planter's Seedling Bag


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Ed Humley wiped the sweat off his brow with a red bandana then lifted his head to take in the beauty of the northern Idaho landscape that lay before him. His legs and shoulders ached and his skin was coated with sweat, dust and yellow pine pollen. The young college student had taken a summer job with the Forest Service planting seedlings back in the summer of 1968 in an effort to reforest after the nasty Sundance fire of 1967. It was hard work but it being outdoors beat flipping burgers all summer. Ed took a drink from his canteen and then returned to the drone of his work--swiping the ground with his pick, reaching into a canvas pouch that was clipped to this belt, pulling out a seedling, dropping it into the hole he'd just made and then stomping dirt back around the seedling's roots with the heel of his boot...repeat...repeat. Only 500 more acres to go.

Here's a cool find--a heavy duck canvas and leather pouch that we think was used by foresters to carry seedlings for planting. This sturdy pouch measures 9" wide X 15" long with 4" wide sides and features a 3" flap that snap hut as well as a metal belt clip on the back side that is attached by a leather loop and riveted/stitched leather patch. This bag has a great patina of soiling and wear from years of use. It could still be used as a belt utility bag but we think it would look great hanging on the wall in a cabin for lodge decor, stuffed with flowers or fun treasures. We are dating it to the 1960s - 1970s.

As mentioned above, this canvas bag has some wear, soiling and distressing from years of use but still has lots of life left in it. The canvas has been washed but retains lots of embedded soiling. We found some tiny pinholes with some fraying but no large holes and over all it is structurally sound with good stitching integrity. The leather is in good shape and the belt clip is firmly attached. The snaps/rivets have some surface rust and pitting.

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