Monday, October 12, 2009

Historic Florida Citrus Labels





Early advertising for the Florida citrus industry came in the form of paper labels glued to packing crates for fresh fruit. Many popular subjects were illustrated with these labels and individual growers were easily recognized by their distinctive labels. The first shot shows a stack of citrus crates displaying labels from the 1800's through the 1960's. After that, cardboard boxes replaced wooden crates and the labels were no longer used. The other two pictures show closeups of two of the labels. These are all on display at the Museum of Florida History in the R.A. Gray Building located in downtown Tallahassee. Click on any of the pictures to enlarge and get a better look.

27 comments:

Julie said...

These photos are quite delightful, Lois. I used to love boxes like these with the labels on the planks. My dad used to go to the market, make his purchases and then sell to houses for the rest of the day. He would take the empty boxes home, dismantle them (keeping the nails) then remake them into planter boxes for nurseries and on-sell them.

Thank you for this post. Brought back lovely memories.

B SQUARED said...

Glad to see some survived and are being preserved.

Birdman said...

Interesting post and quite a history I bet.

Cezar and Léia said...

wow the second picture is so funny and the last one so romantic!Cool and very interesting post!
A vintage one! :)
Léia

hadv said...

I like the old style advertising. These are nice!

Corker2 said...

A nice colorful Post and very informative, I must say. I like all the color and information you have provided. Thanks for sharing.

Les

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

There were some real artists amongst old label producers.

Steffe said...

Love the mother-in-law box!

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Fantastic shots !! Loved the beauty !! Thanks for sharing..Unseen Rajasthan

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Some fantastic shots !! Loved the last one !Thanks for sharing..Unseen Rajasthan

James said...

This is very nostalgic for me. I was born and raised in Orange County, CA. Orange groves were all over the place and old labels like these could be seen in certain places. I caught the tail end of the Orange heyday. Now they should call it Developement or Stripmall County. Sadly most of the oranges are long gone.

Great post Lois!

Tricia said...

from the 1800's? Fantastic! Lots of history there too

Beth Niquette said...

Those are absolutely wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing. I LOVE this entry! (grin)

Darla said...

I simply adore these old crates!

Frank said...

Isn't Miss Charm just lovely and charming? She looks like a Florida State Teacher's College student from about 1938.

Great shots!

(Sorry 'bout FSU's current situation.)

Jacob said...

These are wonderful, Lois. Sure wish they still used wooded crates and the crates themselves were good for many things.

Yes, the "Dead Sea" folks can be aggressive...they stick their little pills right in your face as you try to walk by.

Leeds daily photo - Paul said...

Steffe is right I too love the mother in law label. Cannot image it being used in these PC times.

Rob said...

That's one of my favorite postings on your blog so far. It's original, colorful, different. Congratulations for some really really good pictures!

Clytie said...

I have always loved crate labels. They are so colorful, and many are downright hysterical!

Don and Krise said...

I really miss this sort of packaging and labeling. They were actually fun to look at and like the one pictured, gave you a chuckle. Today's packaging is all about cost, so advertising like this just isn't in the budget. Fantastic post Lois.

Hilda said...

Love this! Being a former graphic designer, I enjoy seeing historic advertising. Not to mention the fact that I've always loved old wooden produce crates and I'm still wondering where I can get some here.

Halcyon said...

I like those old-timey crates. It's too bad they don't do things like that anymore.

Tabib said...

"to good to give up"
Great crates labels.

Lisa Wilson said...

Those are great! The mother-in-law one is too funny.

Pam said...

These are very fascinating, Lois. When I was a kid living in the New Jersey, my uncle use to ship us oranges in crates like these.

JM said...

Love the way they are displayed! They all look fantastic!

Tash said...

My thought too - these are fantastic. So glad you posted them.