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AN APPLE A DAY and ANTIQUE LABEL COMPANY PRESENTS:
CUSTOM FRAMED IN COPPER AND GLASS VINTAGE FRUIT CRATE ART READY TO HANG
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Antique Labels from 1890's - 1950's

WELCOME to Antique Label Company. We have collected thousands of Vintage Original Orange, Apple, Pear and Lemon Crate Labels over the last 25 years then custom framed them in a simple manner with glass and a copper edging so they are ready to be displayed. All you need is a hammer and nail. Fruit crate labels come in many sizes and shapes and we have done our best to describe to you the vivid or subtle colors, the decorative edging or the unusual choice of image the growers or lithographer has chosen to use to advertise their fruits and vegetables. The descriptions we put forth reflect our mood and funny (some say strange) sense of humor. Please keep that in mind.

You say you're looking for a cauliflower box label? We have it along with cherry, prune, sweet potato, yam, celery, plum, wine, soda, beer, avocado, peach, tomato…well, you get the picture; we've got a wide selection of very nice original vintage produce ephemera from all over the U.S.A. as well as Canada, Australia, Europe and Mexico. If you have a specific town or state or would like to see a dog or cow use our handy search feature to find the picture you have in mind.

These artistically created Antique Fruit Crate Label images represent American activities and ideals from the first half of the last Century. The early lithographic skills of the artists, an eye for detail and, indeed, the humor that is often in evidence have made these Vintage Fruit Crate Art Labels present day cherished collectibles. Should you collect original art prints or colorful old lithographs make sure to take a few minutes to review these early examples of American crate posters.

Thank you for visiting our site. Grab a cup of coffee, sit back and take a gander at the hundreds of Crate Labels presented here. No Reproductions! No Zip Codes!



 
 
A BRIEF HISTORY OF FRUIT CRATE ART
Starting around 1880 the western United States experienced the beginning of nearly seventy five years of intense competition among orange growers in their quest to create ever more colorful, artistic and eye catching Paper Crate Labels or posters used to identify their citrus fruit crates. German immigrants combined their printing skills with local concepts to create Orange Crate Commercial Art unsurpassed anywhere in the world. German Americans had for decades been in the business of lithographing labels for wine bottles. California Orange growers and shippers simply adapted the wine label concept to a larger format and the foot square Orange Crate Labels were born. Bavarian lime stones were imported to provide a surface upon which the original orange citrus label art would be etched. Costly inks were used in a time consuming process done completely by hand. This "Stone Lithograph" process is seldom seen today in any art form. Orange Crate Labels from the 1880's through the 1920's can be seen to have been created by this Stone Lithographic process. More modern processes have taken the place of this artistically demanding effort.

During the 1940's and 1950's these elaborate fruit and produce box labels and their wooden crates were largely replaced by preprinted cardboard boxes. The paper labels were destroyed or consigned to the warehouse storage areas where they remained undiscovered until recently.

In the 1960's the dreaded Zip Code was introduced by the U.S.P.S. Astoundingly enough, this nightmare of Modernity, the Zip Code, appears on some inferior and relatively recent labels. You will find none of them on our AntiqueLabelCompany.com website.
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