For sale is a mid-Century era STAFFORD’S BLACKS fruit crate label used by shipper Gerry Dellolio, Tulare County, California. The label would have been used on shipping crates of Oranges imported from Spain. This original advertising glossy label measures about 13 inches by 4 inches. Label depicts a happy child playfully wearing a colander with a feather for a hat.
From the 1900s to 1950s fruit crate labels were used to market and differentiate fruit packer brands at farmer markets where people purchased most of their produce. This label was printed with the intention of being pasted on a wood crate. Crate labels are fairly abundant, most of what you see comes from left over warehouse stock. They have been gathered up over the years by collectors and dealers. Crate labels are wonderful reasonably priced works of art which look great framed.