Black Raspberries can label Illinois
DESCRIPTION: Stunning gold-trimmed, label comprising two panels: to the left in an ornate frame is a group of black raspberries; to the right is another ornate frame with a superb image of a waterfall. Note that due to the size of the label, I had to scan it in twice and merge the image - the line you see to the left of the packer's initials, WG, is a result of my merged scan and does not appear on the label itself.
APPROX. SIZE: 4.25" x 13.50"
APPROX. AGE: 1920's.
CONDITION: Near mint.
LITHOGRAPHER: Stecher Co.
ORIGIN/OTHER: Danville, Illinois
WHAT ARE CRATE LABELS……
Crate labels were originally intended to be applied to the ends/tops of produce-filled wooden crates. These wonderful works of art were created as a means of identifying and advertising a particular brand of produce. Fierce competition in the local markets meant that sellers had to find creative ways of attracting buyers to their particular produce – hence the need for captivating and enticing labels. Initiated in the 1890’s, the use of labels flourished until the 1950’s, when the preprinted and cheaper cardboard box was introduced. As a result, the need for labels diminished and they were left in packing houses, storage sheds, printer’s archives etc. for collectors, historians, & enthusiasts to later discover.
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