This tomato had been on my want list for years. The only source I could find was Sandhill Preservation Center, and ever year they were not available... until this year.
It won a bronze medal in the 1942 All America Selections, and was highly touted in the catalogs. Park Seed carried it well into the 1950's.
Burpee's 1942 catalog has the following description: "60 days. A first early, heavy cropping with fruit the size and shape worthy of a mid season variety. Developed at North Dakota Experiment Station especially for the northern states, Canada, as well as dry and mountain areas. Tomatoes are scarlet, very uniformly colored, 5ozs in weight, semi globular, fairly smooth and refined. Plants are small, short, and may be set as close as two feet apart in the row; they are not suited to pruning or staking. Amazingly productive over a long period."
Above, the first cluster which has begun to ripen. In size I would say it compare to a "saladette" tomato. All fruit in the cluster are smooth and blemish free.
Above, enlarge the photo and note that the clusters are very close together, less than 2 inches apart. And this is only one stem.
Above, click to enlarge and you can see how nice and compact the plant is. It does grow a bit wide, but so far hasn't taken up that much space.
My three plants are short, very healthy, well behaved and starting to pump out a large quantity of fruit. I'm hoping the first ones are ripe by the 4th of July. I'm hoping that they taste as good as they look.