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Finding aid to the Crate, can, and bottle label collection, Kemble Spec Col 8
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  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Separated Materials
  • Related Collections
  • Additions to the Collection
  • Processing Information
  • System of Arrangement
  • Scope and Contents
  • Indexing Terms

  • Title: Crate, can, and bottle label collection
    Date: circa 1920s-1940s
    Collection Identifier: Kemble Spec Col 8
    Extent: 5 boxes, 3 oversize boxes (5.6 linear feet)
    Contributing Institution: California Historical Society
    678 Mission Street
    San Francisco, CA, 94105-4014
    (415) 357-1848
    reference@calhist.org
    URL: http://www.californiahistoricalsociety.org/
    Location of Materials: Collection is stored onsite.
    Language of Materials: The bulk of the collection is in English, with some labels in Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, and Hebrew.
    Abstract: Comprises thousands of crate, can, and bottle labels, the bulk of which were designed and created between the 1920s and 1940s by San Francisco and Los Angeles lithography companies. The core of the collection consists of labels and stock label catalogs designed by Lehmann Printing and Lithography Company in San Francisco for a wide variety of food, beverage, and household products grown, manufactured, canned, or packed in California and throughout the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Other major California lithographers represented in the collection include Schmidt Litho. Co. (San Francisco) and Western Litho. Co. (Los Angeles).

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Director of Library and Archives, North Baker Research Library, California Historical Society, 678 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105. Consent is given on behalf of the California Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Crate, can, and bottle label collection, Kemble Spec Col 8, California Historical Society.

    Separated Materials

    Wine and other alcoholic beverage labels have been removed from the collection and integrated into the California wine label and ephemera collection, Kemble Spec Col 7.

    Related Collections

    California wine label and ephemera collection, Kemble Spec Col 7

    Additions to the Collection

    Additions to the collection are ongoing.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Marie Silva, 2014.

    System of Arrangement

    The collection is arranged into three series: 1) Lehmann Printing and Lithographing Co.; 2) Schmidt Lithography Co.; and 3) Miscellaneous lithographers. Within series, labels are organized alphabetically by product.

    Scope and Contents

    The collection comprises thousands of crate, can, and bottle labels, the bulk of which were designed and created between the 1920s and 1940s by San Francisco and Los Angeles lithography companies. The core of the collection consists of labels and stock label catalogs designed by Lehmann Printing and Lithography Company in San Francisco for a wide variety of food, beverage, and household products grown, manufactured, canned, or packed in California and throughout the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Other major California lithographers represented in the collection include Schmidt Litho. Co. (San Francisco), Western Litho. Co. (Los Angeles), Louis Roesch Co. (San Francisco), and Traung Label Co. (San Francisco).
    The collection documents the intersecting agriculture, food processing, and marketing industries, particularly in California, with large holdings of labels for beverages, canned foods, and fruits, especially apples, pears, and citrus fruits. Numerous growers, packers, distributors, and brands are represented, including Western Fruit Growers, Inc. (Los Angeles), Di Giorgio Fruit Corp. (San Francisco), Heggblade-Marguleas Co. (San Francisco), Newcastle Growers and Packers (Newcastle, California), Pacific Fruit Exchange, Parrott & Co. (San Francisco), Sylmar Packing Co. (Los Angeles), and Sunkist.
    Labels in the collection contain a wealth of advertising imagery, including visual representations of agricultural products, farms and fields, missions, California scenery, and stereotypes of Native American peoples.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's public access catalog:
    Lehmann Printing and Lithographing Co.
    Schmidt Litho. Co.
    Western Litho. Co. (1908-).
    Advertising--Beverages.
    Advertising--Food.
    Agricultural industries.
    Beverage industry.
    Canned foods industry.
    Food industry and trade.
    Labels--Catalogs.
    Labels--Design.
    Labels.
    Fruit crate labels.
    Lithographs.
    California Ephemera Project.