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Old Crate Labels

 

Paper labels have been used since the early 1880s. They were introduced to America by European artists, and this printing process became known as lithography. This was one of the first forms of commercial art. In America, orchard owners used this art as a way to advertise their crops. The labels were designed by artists and were glued on fruit and vegetable crates. Often the labels had very little relationship to the product, but that was not the point. The point was to draw attention to the product. Consequently, some of the images are incredible.

As the 1950s wore on, cheaper cardboard boxes became plentiful and caused wooden crates with paper labels to be a thing of the past. Many of the labels were left in storage and have been salvaged over the years. They are a real thing of beauty.

Please note that like all of our other merchandise, our labels are guaranteed old and original. We do not deal in reproductions.

Each label below can be fitted with matting, backing in poly bag for $6.50 extra each item. Protects the label and show off beautifully. Email us if you wish Matting & Backing we will ad to invoice.

 


 

Old Ads Crate LabelsVintage 11" wide Gladiola Oranges crate label.

Beautiful old stone litho.
Spectacular colors, Circa 1920s.
Unused old stock from the Covina Orange Growers Assn. in California.

$7.50 ea.

Matting, Backing and Poly Bag add $6.50 per item.

 


Old Ads Crate Labels#ZLC105 - Our Pick Pear Label
 
Vintage 10 3/4" wide Our Pick Pear crate label from the Loomis Fruit Growers Association in Loomis, CA. Image of a chicken about to peck at a bowl of fruit. These would be great framed in a kitchen. Nice unused condition. Circa 1930s. SPS litho.

$7.50 ea. Matting, Backing and Poly Bag add $6.50 per item.

 


Old Ads Crate Labels#ZLC056 - Statue California Batletts Label

Vintage 11" wide label from the Suisun Valley Fruit Growers Association in Suisun, CA. Very colorful label with a great patriotic image of the statue of liberty. Marked copyright 1927 on the label. However, they were used into the 1940s. Unused old stock in great condition.

$6.00 ea. Matting, Backing and Poly Bag add $6.50 per item.

 


Old Vintage Ads Crate Lables#ZLC104 - Carefree Orange Crate Label - Covergirl

Vintage 10 3/4" wide Carefree Brand orange crate label from the Redlands Orangedale Association in Redlands, CA. Circa 1940s.

This pinup covergirl image was meant to attract attention and it probably did. We got these from a long time dealer who put them away many years ago and is retiring.

$7.50 ea. Matting, Backing and Poly Bag add $6.50 per item.

 

 
 


#ZLC144 - Victoria Brand Sunkist Grapefruit Crate Label
#ZLC144 - Victoria Brand Sunkist Grapefruit Crate Label
Vintage 11" wide Victoria Brand Grapefruit crate label. Fantastic colorful image of Queen Victoria and the crown jewels. Circa 1940. Unused stock from the Victoria Citrus Association in Riverside, CA. Printer's mark is Schmidt Litho. Got these from a kindred spirit who also loves looking for old store stock. I got him hooked on this stuff 20 years ago and he has been looking for it ever since. This is one of several outstanding labels he has been able to procure.
 
 
$3.50
 



#ZLC078 - Trout Brand Apple Crate Label
#ZLC078 - Trout Brand Apple Crate Label
Vintage 11" wide trout brand apple crate label. These have a great image of a jumping trout. This is a very good selling label. Found at the Lake Chelan Fruit Growers in Chelan, Washington. This is a great price on this label. Circa 1940.
 
 
$3.00
 



#ZLC097 - King's Cadets California Asparagus Label
#ZLC097 - King's Cadets California Asparagus Label
Vintage 10 1/2" wide King's Cadets California Green Asparagus crate label. This is a great price on these. Really detailed image of marching cadets with lots of gilding. Circa 1940s. Looks great framed. We got these from a long time dealer who put them away many years ago and is retiring. Unused stock from King Growers in Clarksburg, CA. Printers mark is Crocker-Union.
 
 
$1.50
 

 



#ZLC089 - Exeter Sunkist Orange Crate Label
#ZLC089 - Exeter Sunkist Orange Crate Label
Vintage 11" wide Exeter Sunkist orange crate label. This one is a real bargain. It's a very old version of this label that was done in stone lithography. You can't see the detail on the scan, but it is very nice looking. The image is a map of Exeter running around an orange. Bright colors and gilding. Circa 1930s. We got these from a long time dealer who put them away many years ago and is retiring. Unused old stock from the Placentia Mutual Orange Ass'n in Placentia, CA. Printers mark is Schmidt Litho.
 
 
$1.50
 



#ZLC104 - Carefree Orange Crate Label - Covergirl
#ZLC104 - Carefree Orange Crate Label - Covergirl
Vintage 10 3/4" wide Carefree Brand orange crate label from the Redlands Orangedale Association in Redlands, CA. Circa 1940s. This pinup covergirl image was meant to attract attention and it probably did. We got these from a long time dealer who put them away many years ago and is retiring.
 
 
$2.50
 



#ZLC113 - Scotch Lassie Jean Orange Crate Label
#ZLC113 - Scotch Lassie Jean Orange Crate Label
Vintage 11" wide Scotch Lassie Jean orange crate label. Very colorful with a phenomenal image of a Scotch Lass with a castle on the water in the background. Circa 1930s. Unused factory stock from the Strathmore Packing House in Starthmore, Tulare Co. CA.
 
 
$3.00
 



#ZLC120 - Life Bartlett Pears Crate Label
#ZLC120 - Life Bartlett Pears Crate Label
Vintage 11" wide Life Bartlett Pears crate label. Nice colorful picture of a guy smoking a pipe and reeling in a jumping trout. Circa 1950. Unused factory stock from the Dennis W. Leary Co in Walnut Grove, CA. Excellent unused condition. Great framed for the fisherman or outdoorsman.
 
 
$2.50
 



#ZLC086 -Victorious Louisiana Yam Label
#ZLC086 -Victorious Louisiana Yam Label
Vintage 10" tall Victorious Louisiana Yam label. Fanciful image of a cowgirl on a decorated horse strutting on top of giant yams. Circa 1950. This is another very scarce label that retails in the $15 and up range. Unusual. These are in very good condition. Unused stock from the St. Landry Packing Co. in Sunset, LA. Got these from a kindred spirit who also loves looking for old store stock. I got him hooked on this stuff 20 years ago and he has been looking for it ever since. This is one of several outstanding labels he has been able to procure.
 
 
$5.00
 



#ZLC063 - Sweet Adeline Sweet Potatoes Crate Label
#ZLC063 - Sweet Adeline Sweet Potatoes Crate Label
Vintage 9" square Sweet Adeline sweet potatoes crate label. Image of Sweet Adeline in a heart. Unused old stock found at the Simon Latour Packers in Carencro, Louisiana. Circa 1930s.
 
 
$2.00
 



#ZLC119 - Nuchief Loop Loop Apple Crate Label
#ZLC119 - Nuchief Loop Loop Apple Crate Label
Vintage 10 1/4" wide Nuchief Loop Loop apple crate label. It doesn't show up well in the scan, but this label has a fantastic inset image of an Indian chief picking an apple off of a tree while riding his horse. Very nice. Circa 1940s. This label is extremely difficult to find in this excellent unused condition. Old stock from the Wenatchee, WA area.
 
 
$3.00
 



#ZLC045 - Pastore Olive Oil Label with Indian
#ZLC045 - Pastore Olive Oil Label with Indian
Really nice old label. Circa 1940s. Pictures an Indian on a cliff raising his hands to the sky. Very colorful and nice. Went on a large 2 gallon can. 10 inches tall. Unused vintage label. Old stock from the Pastore Olive Company in Selma, California.
 
 
$1.50
 



#ZLC112 - Panama Lemon Crate Label
#ZLC112 - Panama Lemon Crate Label
Vintage 12 1/2" wide crate Panama crate label picturing a map showing where the fruit was delivered from Panama. Very colorful Schmidt Litho image. It is marked with a 1912 copyright date, but this same image was used up into the 1930s which is likely when these were made. Unused factory stock from the Johnston Fruit Co. in Santa Barbara, CA.
 
 
$2.50
 



#ZLC116 - Tot Brand Vegetable Label
#ZLC116 - Tot Brand Vegetable Label
Vintage 9 1/2" tall Tot vegetable crate label. Image of vegetables and the face of a young tot. Circa 1940s. Unused factory stock from the T. O. Tomasello Co. in Watsonville, CA. Excellent unused condition.
 
 
$1.00
 



#ZLC107 - Strathmore Sunkist Orange Crate Label
#ZLC107 - Strathmore Sunkist Orange Crate Label
Vintage 11" wide Strathmore Orange crate label from the Strathmore Packing House in Strathmore-Tulare County, CA. Super colorful and detailed image of a scottish fellow playing the bagpipes. Nice unused condition. Circa 1930s. We got these from a long time dealer who put them away many years ago and is retiring.
 
 
$3.00
 



#ZLC128 - Repetition Pears Crate Label
#ZLC128 - Repetition Pears Crate Label
Vintage 11" wide Repetition Pears crate label. This one is a real beauty. Great for framing. Pictures three images of an old time boy with a crate of pears. Circa 1930's. Unused stock from R. Wachsmith in Yakima, WA.
 
 
$2.50
 



#ZLC140 - Honest John Yams Crate Label
#ZLC140 - Honest John Yams Crate Label
Vintage 9 1/4" square Honest John yam label. These were found at the Bockmon Distributor in Pittsburg,TX and are in excellent unused condition. They have a 1926 copyright date on them, but based on the lithography are more likely from around the 1940s. Great image. Good seller to anyone named John.
 
 
$2.00
 



#ZLC084 - Cambria Orange Crate Label
#ZLC084 - Cambria Orange Crate Label
Vintage 11" wide Cambria orange crate label. An eagle and torches pictured. Circa 1940s. We got these from a long time dealer who put them away many years ago and is retiring. Unused old stock from the Placentia Mutual Orange Ass'n in Placentia, CA. Printers mark is Western Litho.
 
 
$1.50
 

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