California pear labels come from many regions of the state. The most prominent of these are Lake and Mendocino counties, Placer, Nevada and El Dorado counties, the Sacramento River region around Courtland and Rio Vista, the Suisun Valley, Contra Costa county (near Walnut Creek), and the Santa Clara Valley. Pears were also grown elsewhere throughout the state, but, not in the same concentrations as in these regions. There are over 700 pear label varieties known from California. About a third of these are listed here. Many labels for pears were re-used and re-designed over the years, and many of these variations are barely worth mentioning. Other labels are so rare, we don't list them here.
In the early years of popular collecting (1970s-80s) on the Pacific coast, most collectors did not care much for pear labels. Today, however, most of them have begun collecting these as well. California pear labels are the favorite of the author, and have been the main focus of my many years of research.
There is so much history still undocumented about the agricultural regions of California, that very little can be gone into here. In the future, much more research will need to be done to document all of it. Being one the largest states in America, and being the most agrarian state in the Union, there are countless volumes of history to be recorded. This is on top of the already countless volumes that HAVE been recorded. As American states go, California has a rather young commercial history. Prior to the Gold Rush of the 1850s, virtually no agriculture was practiced here. Since then, agriculture has historically been the leading economic factor in the California economy.
There are about 200 pear labels listed here. Someone asked me about showing all of them in color picture form, but that would mean the page would take about an hour to load on most machines. So, the descriptions will have to do for right now. If you are serious about certain labels, give me a call and we can discuss! -- Pat
NOTE: This list is subject to changes in prices, availability, and new
images will be posted without warning.
|PHOTO||BRAND NAME||REGION||AGE||NOTES / SIZE||PRICE|
|BIG GAME||WALNUT GROVE||1936||STANFORD / CAL GAME||$18.00|
|BLAZING STAR||KELSEYVILLE||1960S||4/5, LAKES||$5.00|
|BLUE GOOSE||LODI / LOS ANGELES||1950S||COMMON||$ 5.00|
|BUY THE BEST||WALNUT GROVE||1950S||PHOTO PEARS||$5.00|
|CAMEL - zip||LOOMIS||1921-80s||COMMON ZIP
|CAPITAL PAK||SACRAMENTO||1940's||STATE BLDG.||$ 8.00|
|COLFAX F.G.A.||COLFAX||1940-50's||SCARCER||$ 8.00|
|COLOR-FUL||UPPER LAKE||1940-50's||UNCOMMON||$ 9.00|
|COVERED WAGON||NEWCASTLE||1950S VER||4/5 COMMON||$ 9.00|
|DONNER - zip||AUBURN||1928-70S||ZIP CODE||$ 9.00|
|DOUBLE EAGLE||SAN JOSE||1930S||VERY RARE!
|ELMWOOD||WALNUT GROVE||1950's||VERY COMMON||$ 5.00|
|EMBARCADERO||SANTA CLARA||1930S||GETTING RARER||$ 18.00|
|GOLD NUGGET||COLFAX||1950S||COMMON||$ 3.00|
|SONOMA||1930's||HARD TO GET||$15.00|
|HIGH-HAND - zip||LOOMIS||1940-50's||VERY COMMON||$4.00|
|HUSTLER||COURTLAND||1930S-40S||GETTING RARER||$ 12.00|
|ISLAND||SACTO. RIVER||1920S||STONE LITHO
|LADY OF THE LAKE||KELSEYVILLE||1950S||LATE VERSION||$ 14.00|
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