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Blue Mountain Oranges
Blue Mountain apples
from Wenatchee, Washington (8.75" x 10.25")
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Snowline Apples
Snowline apples
from Oakglen, California (9" x 10.5")
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Land O Lakes Apples
Land O Lakes apples
from Oconomowoc, Wisconsin (9.5" x 11.5")
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Three above -- Set 3: Scenic, bright colors

Antique fruit crate labels

All the labels you see on this page have been collected by a gentleman named Dick Maule out in California. Dick has collected them since 1979 by, as he says, "crawling around in packing sheds and talking to the old timers."

For a larger view of any one of them, click on the image.

In addition to collecting them, Dick frames them too. He puts them behind glass with a copper foil trim. They're handmade, but handmade doesn't mean unprofessional. He's been doing these for 20 years (twenty years!) and he knows the right way to do it. The simple copper trim frames are neat and clean and they don't distract from the art itself.

I asked Dick to help me put the labels in sets of three so that they'd make perfect mini-collections for the kitchen wall.

The labels in the sets below were selected to complement each others' style, color, age, and theme. But you can mix and match, or just take one or two.

All of these are original unused labels, not reproductions. They cost an average of $25 for each label, framed and ready to hang.

Dick has other labels, too. If you want to browse his complete collection of antique fruit crate labels, click here.

To order, just email Dick at Labeldude@cox.net. Be sure to tell him you came over from Interesting.com. Not only will that earn us a few bucks (at no additional cost to you), Dick will throw in a free gift for you.

Homer Oranges
Homer oranges
from Corona, California (10" x 11")
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Leader Lemons
Leader lemons
from Corona, California (9" x 12.5")
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Coon Sweet Potatoes
Coon sweet potatoes
from Leonville, Louisiana (9" x 9")
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Three above -- Set 1: Animals

Sierra Vista Oranges
Sierra Vista oranges
from Porterville, California (10" x 11")
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Appleton Apples
Appleton apples
from Watsonville, California (9.5" x 10.25")
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Touchet Apples
Touchet Valley apples
from Dayton, Washington (9" x 10.5")
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Three above -- Set 2: Scenic, muted colors


For the story of "agri-lithography," click here.


To e-mail one of these labels as a virtual postcard, click here.


 
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