Crate labels are the paper labels that were stuck on the end of wooden packing crates for produce to indicate the origins, type, and quality of the contents. Elaborate and colorful labels began to appear at the turn of the 20th century as sellers began to realize the power of a recognizable brand with a strong visual image. The replacement of wooden crates with cardboard eventually eliminated the need for separate labels during the 1960s-1970s. Amazingly a great many mint and unused labels still exist. They are found in old packing houses as unused stock, or in label printing company archives. The varieties from printers may only have 3 or 4 examples in existence, but those from packing houses can number in the thousands. Online retailers of vintage fruit crate, vegetable crate, and can labels are listed in this category. Informational and collector sites can be found in Recreation/Collecting/Food_and_Drink_Related/Fruit_and_Vegetable/.

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A-1 Beerprints
Offers lithographic reproductions of the original A-1 Beer labels painted by artist Lon Megargee.
Antique Label Company
Labels from the first half of the twentieth century in custom frames of copper and glass.
Crate Labels Online
Specializes in fruit labels, fruit branding stamps, and related items. Includes historical background.
CrateArt
Features both framed and unframed originals, including vintage seed packets. Includes history of labels, and a wish list service.
Fruit Crate Labels (dot) Com
Various original labels, appraisals, and historical information.
Label Place
Features vintage fruit crate labels used for apple, pear, and citrus boxes.
Labelcollector.com
Vintage fruit crate, cigar, and can labels from 1900-1980. Includes picture search, FAQ, and history.
The Labelman
Broad selection of crate and can labels available with large images to view.
Paperstuff
Original fruit, vegetable, and can labels organized in a wide variety of searchable categories.
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