The Tales of a Traveler
A. T. De La Mare Printing and Publishing Co. Ltd.
TO MY FRIENDS, THE FLORISTS EVERYWHERE.
IN GRATEFUL RECOGNITION OF KINDNESS,
HOSPITALITY AND ENCOURAGEMENT
EXTENDED ME, I DEDICATE THIS LITTLE
VOLUME—THE SIMPLE STORY OF MY LIFE ON
THE ROAD FOR UPWARD OF A GENERATION
S. S. Skidelsky
MAY 1, 1917
The Tales of a Traveler
Open at a time when the florist business was just beginning to be recognized as a factor in the industrial development of the land. The story commences with the year 1888, and those florists who were cognizant of the general status of affairs at that time will best appreciate the wonderful changes which have occurred in the nearly thirty years which have passed away since then.
Mr. Skidelsky's narrative is a record of men and times, a running story of biography, skilfully unrolled. He has traveled the country very thoroughly; met with men of all kinds and nationalities, and has been so keenly observant through all of the years that to us older men particularly his writings and character descriptions ring wonderfully true and bring back many recollections.
The younger men should take a keen interest in The Tales, for we doubt whether at any time in the future there will be available so clear and unvarnished a statement of the period 1888 to 1916 as this one from the pen of Mr. Skidelsky.
The author well describes conditions existing in commercial floriculture in the United States during the years under review. The wages and traveling costs of that time are noted, and the hard work of the beginner on the road is told with candor. The young "ambassador of commerce" of the present day is not at all likely to have to start under as many difficulties, particularly those of finance, and he cannot help but be encouraged through reading these records.
As a result of his long experience, his perseverance and his ability Mr. Skidelsky is today one of the best known men in the florist trade, and thus his narrative, which gathers within itself much of the very essence of floricultural history in the United States, may be looked upon as standard.
Enormous advances in the cut flower and plant industry, and in the sale of florists' and all other supplies, have been made, and practically all of these transitions are faithfully noted by our chronicler and in the order in which they came about.
- Part I: Early Struggles
- Part II: On the Track of an Independent Business
- Part III: Holding to the Straight Line
- Part IV: Still at the Helm