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Riverside Public Library Citrus Label Collection
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Series I: Citrus Labels

Scope and Content Note

This series makes up the bulk of the collection. The following labels may be of interest to the researcher. Folder 1 has Camel, the only label in the collection using an Arabian theme. It has also has the Red Ball logo blacked out. In Folder 2, Columbia and Conversation show label variations between different brands using the same design with some modifications. Folder 3 contains two Maduro labels showing the change from an early complex design composition with a woman as the focal point to a later simplified design with the lemon still life in the center. Folder 5 has the label Peasant, a humorous design of an old woman. Most labels depicted younger women as seen in Native Daughter, Princess, and Marquita, among others in the collection. Folder 5 also contains Red Rover, the only label in the collection with a black Americana male as its subject. Yellow Aster , in Folder 6, shows brand variation in terms of changes in the company affiliated with the brand and in the subject matter (from a buffalo hunt to an orange still life).
  • Folder 1: Albion-Casa Blanca (twenty-eight items)
  • Folder 2: Chinook-Geranium (thirty items)
  • Folder 3: Golden-Maine (thirty items)
  • Folder 4: Mallard-Peacock (thirty-two items)
  • Folder 5: Peasant-Squaw (twenty-eight items)
  • Folder 6: Squirrel-Young Sports (thirty-three items)
  • Folder 7: Stock labels (nine items)
  • Folder 8: Over-sized labels (three items)

Series II: Packing Materials

Scope and Content Note

These materials were used in the shipment of citrus. They provided a means of identification, which the sticker stamps have currently replaced. All are marked from Oatman's; four are from the Blue bird brand while two are for the Sunny Mountain brand.
  • Folder 1: Citrus wrappers (six items)

Series III: Slides and accompanied index

Scope and Content Note

The slides are arranged alphabetically by packinghouse, starting with those in Riverside. Robert L. Allmon, Steve Nathan, and Lorne Allmon did the slide photography with Lorne Allmon responsible for the inventory, dated 10 June 1983. The 1984 notation at the end of the index by library volunteer Betty Irving is of particular interest. It relates background information regarding Robert Matthew Irving's Chinook label, including the inspiration for the label's subject matter.
  • Folder 1: Slides (146 items)
  • Folder 2: Index

Series IV: Miscellaneous

Scope and Content Note

The newspaper article (dated 3 March 1969) relates information regarding a booklet about the citrus business in the Riverside region. The 1985 index records the items originally bound in the six volumes. The handwritten note (26 March 1986) accompanied the later additions to the collection.
  • Folder 1: Documents accompanying the collection (three items)