10 Fruit Crate Labels That Make SoCal Look Like Heaven

California's agricultural roots run deep, especially when it comes to citrus. Spanish missionaries settling the state in the 1700s cultivated oranges and lemons, and their popularity boomed during the Gold Rush, during which time they were coveted for their scurvy-preventing properties. When the transcontinental railroad reached the state in 1877, California began exporting its citrus in crates adorned with bright, colorful labels, many of which portrayed SoCal as a paradise of yellow sun, green fields, blue waves, and Mission Revival architecture. If I pulled a crate like this off a railroad car, I'd take one look at it before jumping aboard to head west myself.

All Year lemons. Image courtesy LAPL Fruit Crate Label Collection


Miss Los Angeles produce. Image courtesy LAPL Fruit Crate Label Collection


Oxnard lemons. Image courtesy LAPL Fruit Crate Label Collection


Sunny Cove oranges. Image courtesy LAPL Fruit Crate Label Collection


Wayno citrus. Image courtesy LAPL Fruit Crate Label Collection


Bird Rocks oranges. Image courtesy LAPL Fruit Crate Label Collection


Idyllwild oranges. Image courtesy LAPL Fruit Crate Label Collection


Desert Bloom grapefruit. Image courtesy LAPL Fruit Crate Label Collection


Gold Rush produce. Image courtesy LAPL Fruit Crate Label Collection


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