For sale is a vintage WASHINGTON BRAND ORANGE CRATE LABEL from the Exeter Orange Growers Association, Exeter, California. This striking handsome label features the Washington Mall and Washington Monument. Full of elegant colors and detail this fine old Orange crate label was created by “Schmidt Litho. Co.”, San Francisco. The label is in excellent condition. This large label measures about 10″ by 11″. The label probably dates to the 1930s. California Oranges were shipped to the four corners of the World. A great advertising collectible, especially for someone living in the DC area.
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.