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Colorful paper labels have been used to identify products since the early 1880s. Introduced to America by European artists, this profession became known as lithography, the first commercial art. The goal was easy: catch the customer's eye. As the fruit market grew larger each season, immense competition at the local markets erupted. Orchard owners used this new concept of lithography to bring attention to their fruit. Labels were used on everything including cedar crates full of fruit, cans of vegetables, and boxes of cigars.

In the 1950's, the development of pre-printed cardboard boxes caused wooden crates with paper labels to be a thing of the past. Unused stocks of labels remained undiscovered for years in old barns across the country. Labels were slowly being gathered by historians, collectors, and art lovers. These rescued labels form the remaining stock of labels available for purchase today. We guarantee all of the labels we sell to be originals. We do not sell reproductions.

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1 Alden Pear Crate Label San Jose, CA
1 Wise Bird Citrus Crate Label Winter Garden, Florida

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