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Citrus Crate Label Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Project Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Subjects

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Citrus crate label collection
    Dates: 1890-1954
    Bulk Dates: Ca. 1920-1945
    Collection number: Consult library
    Collector: Corona Public Library
    Additional collectors: Verity, Roger Allmon, Lorne
    Collection Size: 78 items 78 online items
    Repository: Corona Public Library
    Corona, California 92882
    Abstract: The collection includes labels from all the major packing houses in Corona including the Jameson Packing House, the Orange Heights Orange Association and Foothill Lemon Company. The labels are primarily lemon and orange crate labels with some grapefruit labels.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English
    Selected digitized images from this collection.

    Access

    Collection open for research.

    Preferred Citation

    Citrus crate label collection. Corona Public Library, Corona, California 92882.

    Acquisition Information

    This collection was created was created by the Corona Public Library staff from 2004 as part of the Corona Heritage Online Project from materials donated and purchased from 1980-2004.

    Project Information

    These Fruit Crate Labels were copied from the library's collection and digitized as part of a one-year project again funded by the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) from July 2003 through June 2004 in order to provide a single access point to primary graphic resources documenting the history of Corona.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Fruit crate labels began to be designed at the end of the 19th century. As refrigerated railroad cars helped make the long distance shipping of citrus fruit possible, the industry developed labels so shippers and merchants could more easily identify what was in the crates. These vibrant and colorful paper labels were pasted onto the boxes they shipped around the country and were a lively mobile advertisement. Labels featured a wide range of designs and usually depicted fruit on the label, but that was not always the case. Labels drew on a wide range of in order to entice people to buy fruit. Early images included citrus groves, homes, historical or patriotic themes, animals, birds, flowers and scenic California views. In the 1920's with the urbanization of America and increased awareness of health issues, the images changed to reflect these concerns. The Corona Public Library Citrus Label Collection reflects the breadth of images used in crate label art. The labels are primarily lemon and orange crate labels with some grapefruit labels. The collection includes labels from all the major packing houses in Corona including the Jameson Packing House, the Orange Heights Orange Association and Foothill Lemon Company. In addition, the labels were designed by the major lithography companies in California including Schmidt & Co and Western Litho.

    Subjects

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Names

    Charter Davis
    R.H. Verity and Sons
    Spence Fruit Co.
    American Fruit Growers
    Davis & Verity
    W.H. Jameson
    Call Ranch
    Orange Heights Orange Association
    Corona Foothill Lemon
    Corona Citrus Association
    Jameson Co.
    Thieme Fruit Co.
    Brigg, Spence Co.
    Queen Colony Fruit Exchange
    Sunkist Growers
    Mutual Orange Distributors
    Western Litho, Los Angeles, CA
    Schmidt & Co.
    Union Litho
    Carton Label, San Francisco, CA
    Crocker Litho

    Places

    Corona (Calif.)
    Riverside County (Calif.)

    Topics

    Citrus Fruit Industry -- California--Corona
    Lemons--California--Corona
    Oranges--California--Corona
    Grapefruit--California--Corona

    Genres and Forms of Materials

    Fruit Crate Label