Starting around 1880 the western United States experienced the beginning of nearly seventy-five
years of intense competition among fruit growers in their quest to create ever more beautiful,
nearly artistic and eye-catching PAPER LABELS used to identify their fruit boxes. German
immigrants combined their printing skills with local concepts to create COMMERCIAL ART unsurpassed anywhere in the world. Bavarian limestones were imported to provide a surface upon which the original 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.
More modern processes have taken the place of this artistically demanding effort.

During the early 1940's these elaborate paper labels and accompanying 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.

The label's pictorial themes represent values and lifestyles of Americans through the years.
These themes, coupled with the increasingly limited supply of labels have made these
AUTHENTIC FRUIT CRATE LABELS present day cherished collectibles.

These are ORIGINALS not reproductions.

Antique Label Company cuts glass, and uses copper foiling techniques to custom frame original 70 year old commercial art. These early advertising posters are neatly done and fit into most any decor; often in a whimsical way. People are delighted by the unique treatment of this ready to hang poster art.

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