Johnson & Stokes Quarterly Wholesale Price List (1890)

The Brandywine or No. 45 Tomato

ITS HISTORY.—In the spring of 1887 a customer in Ohio sent us a small package of tomato seed, requesting us to give it a fair test on our trial grounds. A few plants were set out along with forty-five other varieties we were testing, both new and old; this being the last on the list was numbered 45. To our astonishment, it completely eclipsed in great size and beauty all other varieties we were testing, specimens when ripe weighing three to three and one-quarter pounds each, as smooth as an apple and remarkably solid. To still further test this tomato, we sent a few packets to tomato specialists, requesting them to report on its merits. The name given it was suggested by our friend, Thos. H. Brinton, of Chadd's Ford, Pa., who has probably grown and tested more varieties of tomatoes than any other person in the United states, who wrote September 25, 1888: "The more I see of the Tomato No 45, the more I am pleased with it. It is certainly a magnificent, new most valuable and distinct variety, and worthy of the name of 'Brandywine', after that most beautiful of all streams, which flows near our Quaker village."

Bulletin 83 — Agricultural Experiment Station, North Carolina  (1892)

Brandywine—A perfected Trophy. We regard this as one of the very best. Not early, but large, smooth, solid and productive.