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CALIFORNIA CITRUS LABELS
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The first citrus crate labels were used in California in the mid-1880s and continued until the 1950s. In the course of that time, many thousands of brands were used, often with many different artistic "versions" of each brand. And, these labels were printed from the thousands to millions each! Labels for oranges were even used in 1990!

Of the citrus labels available today, about half are considered quite rare and hard to get, and the others are fairly inexpensive and easy to acquire. Rare labels, may sell for $100. to as much as $2,000.00, and may number in quantities from 1 to 20 known copies. Common labels, on the other hand, usually sell between $5.00 and $100., with the vast majority under $15.00. Dealers, collectors and label hunters in the wild, have swapped, bought and sold, found and offered lists of labels for sale since the early 1970s. Nearly thirty years collecting interest., has seen a great number of changes in the availability and values of citrus labels.




CALIFORNIA CITRUS NOTES:
California citrus box labels were first used around 1884 in southern California (and possibly sooner but, evidence is lacking). This listing contains orange, grapefruit and lemon labels from California, and broker labels with addresses outside California, except Arizona. California citrus labels, meaning oranges, grapefruit and lemons, were by far the most plentiful type of label used, followed by the Washington apple industry and Florida citrus. There are an estimated 8,000 different known examples or western citrus label art. Because the industry was so large and so profitable for so many years, lithographers had a huge market to service. There were hundreds of packing houses and thousands of brands needed for the packing industry.

A FEW OBSERVATIONS
The number of images printed from stone and printed from photographic techniques were about 50/50. Stone was used from the 1880s to the mid 1920s, that's forty years of production. Photographic techniques were used primarily from the mid-1910s to the 1950s, or, almost 40 years. So, the two printing styles had almost the same life span. Besides this, early stone printingwas slower, and fewer orders were filled, as the fruit industry was still growing and developing (1880s to 1920s). By the time the mature fruit industry settled into being, fewer growers were individually packing. Most had joined cooperatives. Thus, fewer brands were needed, but, in larger numbers. California citrus labels include oranges, lemons, limes, tangerines and grapefruit, from throughout California. The most prolific designs in citrus labels is the orange label. Most of the southern California packed Navel oranges one part of the year and Valencias the other months. Some packing operations were running most of the year. Depending on the region in which it was located (No. California, Southern California or Arizona) and the dominant type of plantings (grapefruit, lemons, navels, etc...), the numbers of necessary brands varied.

There were between 25 and 30 lithographers and printers who made citrus labels. Although most of these printers only had facilities in San Francisco, they all had an office in L.A. to take orders. Most citrus labels, 2 to 1, have an L.A. litho bug address. However, in actual manufacturing numbers, San Francisco put out the greatest volume. Since each printer had different markets and different industries to service, each created its own portion of the overall art-form and each in its own volume. In order of prominence, these citrus label printers are:

SCHMIDT LITHOGRAPH CO.
WESTERN LITHOGRAPH CO.
MUTUAL LABEL AND LITHOGRAPH (collectively)
CARTON LABEL CORP.
STECHER - TRAUNG LITHOGRAPH CO.
CROCKER - UNION
UNION LITHO CO.
LEHMANN PRINTING AND LITHO
TRAUNG LITHO CO.
STECHER LITHOGRAPH
SCHWABACHER - FREY
LOUIS ROESCH
OLSEN BROS. (OLSEN LITHO)
NEUNER LITHO.
SMITH - BARNES LITHO.


Here, finally is the list. This is probably going to change soon, as I am upgrading the prices in my new book. All prices and availability may change at any time without notice. I know there are a few possible confucions, or questions about "which variety" I am listing, so please be understanding. This is a big project. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. -- Pat

365 Brand or yelo title: glass of juice, 1.5 oranges upland 5.00

AIRLINE or block lettering on blue/blk Fillmore 5.00

AK-SAR-BEN or four oranges on blue, tilted title Lemon Cove 5.00

AK-SAR-BEN or schmidt's most popular stock, orch/mtns Lemon Cove 5.00

ALBION lem two limbs of lemons, blue panel w/ info 12.00

ALL YEAR lem so. Calif. valley scene w/ palms Fillmore 7.00

ALL YEAR lem so. Calif. valley scene w/ palms Fillmore 10.00

ALTISSIMO or title under mountain peaks Placentia 6.00

american desert or shield w/ view of cactus, desert mesa Los Angeles 40.00

annie laurie or girl in racy blu dress/ribbon by fence Strathmore 10.00

ARBOLEDA lem oval shore scene in blue label Goleta 6.00

ariz-glo or angry indian on horse looks out at train mesa 125.00

ATHLETE lem 3 men reaning/ title on sky bkgrdn Claremont 10.00

ATHLETE or 3 men reaning/ title on sky bkgrdn Claremont 12.00

AVENUE or car driving down Victoria Av. 1916 Riverside 10.00

AVENUE or short stock w/ oranges/blossoms Riverside 5.00

BESGRADE lem block letters & 2 lemons on blu Oxnard 6.00

big j or blue seal, red/ylo title, red stripe, 2 or sf 5.00

blue goose grft blue goose ; inste winter sweet label Los Angeles 15.00

blue goose grft blue goose ; inste sunny mesa label Los Angeles 25.00

bronco or cowboy & horse galloping on sand Redlands 8.00

bronco or cowboy & horse galloping on sand Redlands 8.00

cal-crest or orange w/ limb above title Riverside 5.00

cal-crest lem schmidt's most popular stock Riverside 20.00

cal-crest grft orchard valley, hills, road, farm Riverside 5.00

cal-early or orange over title Riverside 5.00

cal-sweet or four oranges & buds on black Riverside 5.00

cal-sweet or one orange on violet drapery Riverside 5.00

caledonia or branch of thistles on plaid bkgrnd placentia 5.00

caledonia or branch of thistles on plaid bkgrnd placentia 5.00

caledonia grft thistle frond w/ 5 flowers on tartan placentia 10.00

caledonia or branch of thistles on plaid bkgrnd placentia 5.00

california dream or 2 gold peacocks, colorful bldg. placentia 45.00

caluma or stock label w/ blossoms on blue corona 5.00

cambria or bird on oval title, torches on sides placentia 5.00

cambria lem bird on oval title, torches on sides placentia 6.00

carefree or face of pretty girl in circle redlands 6.00

carro amano or girl buying oran. from street vendor east highlands 8.00

channel lem 5 gulls / oval seaside farm scene goleta 8.00

chuckles fruit cartoon laughing face, w/ jumbled title tempe 45.00

citrus cove or bold title on red; logo w/ ribbon ovrprnt orange cove 5.00

city in the sky o futuristic city floats in clouds; airship Fallbrook 5.00

co-ed lem girl in graduation gown on violet claremont 28.00

collegiate grft golfers, cut fruit on plate claremont 18.00

consul or 3 oranges on blue and orange bkrnd corona 5.00

corona lily or lily w/ leaves on black bkgrnd corona 8.00

cutter lem streamlined gunboat on ocean oxnard 8.00

cycle or four-seasons insets on blue fillmore 14.00

dahlia or 3 flowers w/ leaves on black redlands 5.00

daisy or one large daisy on black covina 8.00

desert bloom grft 8 bloomed Yucca plants; underbrush redlands 8.00

Desert Sea Ranch "C" tangerines Mecca 8.00

double a or cartoon train on tressel on river east highlands 5.00

encore lem map of Ca, shield, 2 lems in circle Porterville 5.00

envoy lem winged circle around title on ribbon corona 8.00

esperanza or spanish girl's face placentia 12.00

estero lem 3 ships in ocean cove; palms;coast goleta 8.00

evening star lem car in front of mission style building san fernando 10.00

exeter or oran w/ map on it, red round border Exeter 8.00

exposition lem diploma of grand prize on blk santa barbara 6.00

fallbrook lem inset of river falls; 4 lemons on blk. fallbrook 5.00

farm belle citrus sillhouette of girl w/ bonnet, ribbons Los Angeles 25.00

festival lem 2 ladies, 1 man in coach, 2 horses santa barbara 7.00

fillmore crest or 3 natural-color oranges on blu/blk fillmore 5.00

flavor or orchard scene against mountains corona 10.00

full o' juice or glass of juice w/ peeled orange redlands 9.00

gateway lem 2 horses/riders on trail thru redwoods Lemon Cove 9.00

gladiola or title and icon in cntr; 2 flowers on sides Los Angeles 8.00

gold buckle or 2 belts buckled as one; valley scene east highlands 20.00

golden circle or wreath of 25 orans encircle title & logo redlands 8.00

golden eagle or wing-spread eagle on three oranges fullerton 15.00

golden rod group of tall golder rod flowers on blu 15.00

golden rod or group of tall golder rod flowers on blk redlands 5.00

golden rod or group of tall golder rod flowers on blk redlands 5.00

golden rod group of tall golder rod flowers on blk 5.00

golden rod or group of tall golder rod flowers on blk rialto 5.00

golden rod or group of tall golder rod flowers on blk rialto 5.00

golden state lem map of CA., oran w/ rays; gold title, lems Lemon Cove 10.00

goleta lem sailing ship on ocean by rocky shoreline goleta 5.00

goleta lem sailing ship on ocean by rocky shoreline goleta 5.00

good year or diag title ulhc; limb w/ or, 14 lvs, 2 bls rayo 10.00

grand entry or red/yelo title on blue; logo w/ blue ovrpr orange cove 6.00

great valley or big title; inset pix of groves, house, mtn orange cove 5.00

greenspot or oran. in grn circle, on mottled blu bkgrnd east highlands 5.00

guide lem wooden sign-post over grove scene saticoy 8.00

handsum or hand holds orange over bronze sunburst Strathmore 10.00

have one or hand (bracelett) holds partially peeled or Lemon Cove 8.00

hi-tone or yelo title w/ four grn music notes on blk upland 5.00

hill beauty or schmidt's most popular.... Porterville 5.00

hill choice or schmidt's most popular.... Porterville 5.00

homer or blue pidgeon.; grn border; sunkist on left corona 5.00

honeymoon lem moon and castle knoll between trees Los Angeles 65.00

household lem woman works at stove in kitchen, big title Porterville 7.00

idyllwild or grove scene in center, 2 orans. (stk 164) Riverside 5.00

indian belle or indian brave courts maiden on rock, groves Porterville 60.00

jameson or logo "WHJ" on red; ylo/blk title corona 5.00

juciful or oran w/ 3 leaf stem "in the spotlight" redlands 7.00

just as good lem road past home; mountain valley scene Lemon Cove 8.00

justrite or oran, shield, title on blue corona 5.00

justrite or oran, shield, title on blue corona 5.00

kaweah maid lem indian maid center; logo Lemon Cove 10.00

kiltie lem scotish kilt being "worn" by the fruit corona 6.00

kiltie grft spoon, plate, 1/2 grft on plaid corona 5.00

la patera lem inset of lake & coastal orchard goleta 6.00

la reina or span. girl w/ fan; palms; hacienda, mtns rialto 10.00

laurel or laurel wreath w/ vignette of oranges above covina 18.00

leader lem horse, house, fields, fence, 7 flowers corona 135.00

legal tender or stack of $5. bills ($250.) on blk square fillmore 10.00

lemonade lem word panel; rolling hills behind; 3 lems Ivanhoe 7.00

lily or 2 lilys, 5 big leaves, title on black Exeter 8.00

lincoln or title and orange/limb on blue lincoln 25.00

lincoln or lt. grn on wht only, with sunburst logo Riverside 15.00

lincoln or lt. grn on wht, 3 orange colored oranges Riverside 15.00

lincoln or full color bust, oranges & grn. leaves Riverside 5.00

linen or red title diag. on fabric doily. irvine 6.00

linwood or lemon vignette corona 10.00

loch lomond or lake, village, pier, hill, flowers, plaid Strathmore 8.00

madras or irvine 5.00

majorette or script title; girl in majorett outfit woodlake 8.00

malta or 4 point white cross on geom. squares bkg Porterville 7.00

marvel or plaque w/ gold title letters and 4 screws placentia 5.00

marvel or plaque w/ gold title letters and 4 screws placentia 5.00

McKellips grft red zig zags, grft, titles on blk mesa 25.00

meteor lem firey meteor in night sky; red hills; lems san fernando 8.00

metropolitan or diag. title; street scene, fruit cart inse orange cove 8.00

miracle or genie w/ tray of 3 orans.; grove scene, mt placentia 6.00

montalvo lem gld/red title on blu.; inset of mtn scene saticoy 7.00

morjon or oran in grn/blu triangle on ylo. red title sf 5.00

morning sun lem mission style mansion; flowers; palm san fernando 10.00

mountain palace grft city built in mountainside, tram, trees, Fallbrook 8.00

nimble or schmidt's most popular.... santa paula 10.00

oceana lem city on ocean floor, fish, whales, rays Fallbrook 5.00

oh - cee OC lem title above OC; 4 lems orange cove 6.00

onward lem statue of lib. looking over oceanic vessel montalvo 35.00

orange circle or title in 2 red bars on O, 2 orans, 10 lvs orange cove 6.00

orchard king or oran. w/ ylo/red/blu crown covina 8.00

orland or mtn dam inset, ribbon, wht title on blu orland 8.00

orosi or wht title on dk. blue bkgnd. orosi 8.00

pacific maid lem redhead girl in nautical hat holds lemon montalvo 35.00

pacoast or coast grove/farm scene; sailboat; highway Los Angeles 5.00

pala brave or indian in headdress placentia 10.00

panama lem map of America with eastern sea-routes santa b 8.00

par gold or round "Pure Gold"-like emblem fo mod redlands 7.00

parade lem drum major w/ 6 man drum corp saticoy 7.00

pine cone or pine bough & cone w/ san bern. mtns inset east highlands 20.00

pleasant or framed orchard, hill, tree, mtn. scene success 35.00

polo or polo rider & horse east highlands 10.00

ponca or oran in cntr/ brown area; wht title; ylo Porterville 5.00

preferred or C.O.G.A. stock cert., w/ oran, leaves,seal covina 5.00

premium or title over wrought iron and cloth banner fullerton 5.00

pride of venice cove or crowing rooster; limb w/ 2 orans, lvs Ivanhoe 5.00

princess grft inset of girl with crown on corona 10.00

princess grft inset of girl with crown on corona 10.00

princess or inset of girl with crown on corona 10.00

progressive lem natural color limb w/ 3 lems, leaves, etc. corona 6.00

ramona memories lem pretty span. girl; inset of adobe archway san fernando 10.00

red bird or ylo title on blk; red bird on blue/blk Porterville 8.00

red bird or ylo title on blk; red bird on blue/blk Porterville 8.00

red circle or orange over 4 red circles on blue Riverside 6.00

red mountain or pickers w/ box of orans; colored mountains corona 7.00

red peak or grn/wht mtn peak; brn/blk hills; red sky tustin 11.00

redlands foothill or snow mtn. grove scene; span. adobe redlands 6.00

redskin or indian cooks meat on strick over fire rialto 28.00

rocky hill or indian chief/horse on cliff; title above Exeter 10.00

rosa de oro or red label, yello ribbon, inset of tree,etc thermalito 5.00

rosa de oro or red lettering on yellow panel on blue thermalito 5.00

rosa de oro or title/rose, above 3 oran; mission, groves thermalito 25.00

rough diamond or letter "L" inside blue diamond; brand santa paula 5.00

royal knight or knight on horse; castle; distant orchards redlands 7.00

rubaiyat or persian tent under palms; four people redlands 6.00

san marcos lem 3.5" x 4" inset of mtns w/ foothill gorves goleta 5.00

santa lem santa clause w/ bag of goodies santa paula 10.00

satin or yelo diag. title over red satin fabric irvine 8.00

schooner lem 7 sail schooner sailing on ocean goleta 5.00

schooner lem 7 sail schooner sailing on ocean goleta 5.00

scotch lassie jean or girl in grn/red; castle behind; red socks Strathmore 5.00

scotch lassie jean or girl in grn/red; castle behind; red socks Strathmore 5.00

sea breeze lem sea-cliff grove, home, 3 sailboats; clouds carpinteria 6.00

sea gull lem 3 gulls, waves on rocks; cloudy sky upland 10.00

selected, (limoneira co.) lem wht and blue wording on red;logo cntr santa paula 5.00

selva lem or/blk/brn title in brn stripe across sky fillmore 8.00

serge or title on diag blue strip; oran on green irvine 5.00

sespe lem rocky river gorge, w/ foothills behind fillmore 12.00

shamrock grft three leaf clover over mtns, grove placentia 8.00

shamrock or three leaf clover over mtns, grove placentia 5.00

shamrock lem three leaf clover over mtns, grove placentia 5.00

shamrock or three leaf clover over mtns, grove placentia 5.00

sierra vista or flat valley orchard scene; snow mnts behin Porterville 20.00

silver moon lem adobe w/ road, palms, orchards, moon san fernando 7.00

snyder's select or yelo title diagonally across blu; oran pomona 5.00

snyder's winner or yelo title diagonally across red; oran pomona 5.00

solid gold or red panel w/ title; gold state seal; orans Exeter 25.00

solid gold or red panel w/ title; gold state seal; orans Exeter 5.00

solo lem lem in red w/ 87 rays/stars radiating out saticoy 5.00

somisea lem red/wht title on blk; blue waves, map oxnard 8.00

south mountain or lemon and orange groves, mtns; 3 bldgs santa paula 12.00

southland beauties or 6 roses w/ dew; 11 leaves, tall BEAUTIES corona 6.00

southland beauties lem 7 roses w/ dew; 1 lem, 2 oranges, leaves corona 80.00

splendid lem road by home/groves; lems on left side Ivanhoe 5.00

star of california or red star over map of Calif. title on top Exeter 5.00

Stock # 102-1/2 or blue label, red brdr, 4 oranges, leaves 15.00

Stock # 148 or purple mtns, distant groves,1 orng on limb 14.00

Stock # 222 o sillouhette: dog, 4 horse coach, 5 people 20.00

Stock # 8030 or woman w/ vanishing oranges, farm, mission 45.00

Stock # 8032 or orange on violet drape, blosms, leaves 10.00

Stock # 8048 lem blu label, round grove,mtn scene, 3 lems 15.00

Stock # 8064 or blk, red,blu,ylo design, limb w/ 3 oranges 17.00

Stock # 8066 or limb w/ 3 oranges on lft, groves, mtn scen 10

Stock # 840 or plate w/ grapefruit, window, grove scene, 20.00

Stock # 846 or plate w/ orange, window, grove scene, 22.00

Stock # 946 or valley orchard scene, mtns, limb w/ 3 oran 16.00

Stock # 964 grft 1/2 grft w/ cherry on plate w/ spoon 8.00

strathmore or man w/ bagpipe in center wht title above Strathmore 7.00

summit or hunter/3 horses/prey tied to 2nd horse;mtn redlands 14.00

sun devil citrus red devil w/ pitchfork runs across desert mesa 25.00

sun prince or sun; title; violet ribbon; all on blue orange cove 5.00

sun - tag or i.d tag w/ sunburst & title; 12 oranges placentia 5.00

sun - tag or i.d tag w/ sunburst & title; 12 oranges placentia 5.00

sunflower or huge sunflower w/ 6 leaves on blue 5.00

sunflower or huge sunflower w/ 8 leaves on blue redlands 10.00

sunkist or red/wht titles; yelo CALIF..., on blk/blu Los Angeles 6.00

sunland standards or 5 orans in circle; title on ylo sky/grove Porterville 14.00

sunny heights or rolling valley groves, homes, mtns, tree redlands 8.00

sunny mesa lem road in front of bungalow, tree, valley gr mesa 15.00

swastika or title, symbol, price boxes Riverside 8.00

symbol or 2 popies; title; oak leaf; logo Riverside 5.00

t - e - a or title top; filligree panel w/ leaf/blossom Lindsay 5.00

talisman or 3 stemmed roses redlands 5.00

tartan grft plaid fabric : 1/2 grft on plate w/ spoon corona 7.00

tepic lem air brush title: inset lemon in black box saticoy 6.00

tesoro rancho or home & grove, mtns, behind 2 palms placentia 10.00

The Big Orange or Santa Ana 5.00

tom's best grft schmidt's most popular.... portland 6.00

trading post citrus amigo taking siesta under cactus, groves chandler heights 75.00

tree top or 2 redwood trees tower; ylo title across Lemon Cove 20.00

truth or title on plaque/shield w/ logo arlington 7.00

Twenty: "24 K" or 24K in circle in center fullerton 135.00

upland pride or 2 rosre, 13 leaves, stem on blue upland 10.00

valley view or valley orchards w/ home, road, palm, trees claremont 8.00

vandalia o tall wht title; bird on rt. by moon Porterville 10.00

velvet or title floats over royal blue, plush fabric irvine 5.00

vesper lem evening relirious service; evening star Porterville 8.00

victoria grft silver-metal titlw w/ wrapped logo grft Riverside 5.00

victoria or silver-metal titlw w/ wrapped logo orange Riverside 7.00

victoria or queen in crown, necklace, lace wrap Riverside 5.00

victoria grft queen in crown, necklace, lace wrap Riverside 5.00

washington or wash. D.C. monument; white house Exeter 25.00

washington or wash. D.C. monument; white house Exeter 7.00

woodlake gold or sillhouette cypress, lake, gold hills,mtn woodlake 9.00

woodlake nymph lem nude nymph by tree, lake; lemons on left Woodlake 15.00

yokohl or indian by stream w/ pot fishes; waterfall Exeter 20.00

zenith lem castle on mtn top; blazing sky and clouds east whittier 100.00

(Page last update: 8/19/99)