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Orange crate labels first appeared in California in the 1880s. Florida, the nation's primary citrus producer, quickly picked up on the value of the distinctive artwork used to designate the company, grove, or grower where the fruit originated. 

I liked the distinctive artwork and found the crates themselves great for basement or garage storage. Unfortunately, cardboard boxes replaced the wood crates and the use of the beautiful labels ended in the mid-1950s. Since I grew up in Florida, it was only natural for me to mention these labels in my Florida Folk Magic trilogy. If you're interested in the labels for research or use in articles and books, one place to start isThe Florida Citrus Archives at Florida Southern College.




Seald Sweet was Florida's answer to California's Sunkist.

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Orange Crate Labels

Two of the resources available on Amazon.

If you want to collect labels, check out these sites:

​Tips on Building your Collection of Vintage Fruit Crate Labels

​Jacobsen's Fruit Crate Labels