Crisphead Lettuce (1955); Delaware Grape (1857, 1861)

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   No OED "crisphead" or "crisp head" entry, although there is a 1966 citation: "Crisphead or iceberg lettuce is the most widely grown type."

   4 January 1942, NEW YORK TIMES, pg. D8:
   The Imperial strains of crisp head lettuce are not as abundant as other lettuces.

(JSTOR database)
Shattering in Lettuce-Its Inheritance and Biological Significance
Thomas W. Whitaker; Gilbert D. McCollum
Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club, Vol. 81, No. 2. (Mar. - Apr., 1954), pp. 104-110.
Pg. 106:  Individuals of the progenies from these plants were used in crosses with two varieties of commercial lettuce, Imperial 615 and White Paris Cos. Imperial 615 is a crisp head type suitable for winter and early spring culture (Bohn and Whitaker 1951).
Pg. 110:  _Bohn, G. W. & Whitaker, T. W._  1951.  Recently introduced varieties of head lettuce and methods used in their development.  U. S. Dept. Agr. Cir. 881.

Lettuce Industry of the Salinas Valley
Paul F. Griffin; C. Langdon White
Scientific Monthly, Vol. 81, No. 2. (Aug., 1955), pp. 77-84.
Pg. 84 (NOTES): 1. Throughout the United States there has been a definite shift from the butter-head type of lettuce to the crisp-head type.


   "Delaware grape" is not in OED.  It's in FOOD LOVER'S COMPANION and has 153 Google hits.

   NEW-YORK WEEKLY TIMES.; New York Daily Times (1851-1857), New York, N.Y.; Apr 24, 1857; pg. 5, 1 pgs
("THE DELAWARE GRAPE" is announced in the contents for the NEW-YORK WEEKLY TIMES of April 25th, but the next hit is not that--ed.)

Saturday Evening Post (1839-1885), Philadelphia; Oct 19, 1861, Iss. 0
  Article 4 -- No Title; pg. 2, 1 pgs
   This variety deserves to be better known than it is among grape-growers.  (...)  Those we have seen come from the nursery of Mr. Edward Tatnall, near Wilmington, Delaware, where young plants may be obtained.

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