15 Fascinating Fruit Crate Labels

Fruit crate labels are a collector's item these days. These were created for commerce, but they're works of art. Accordingly, some of them are quite salacious. Not all, of course: some are glorified depictions of California, some call upon royalty, some reflect the wordplay of the brand's name. But some of these labels, all from around 1890 to 1940, have some not-so-hidden imagery of a sexual nature, too. Whatever gets that produce sold! (Although, some are just racist.)

Morning Sun lemons. Image courtesy LAPL Fruit Crate Label Collection


La Reina oranges. Image courtesy LAPL Fruit Crate Label Collection


Valley Queen grapes. Image courtesy LAPL Fruit Crate Label Collection


Talk O' The Town grapes. Image courtesy LAPL Fruit Crate Label Collection


Fat Pak grapes. Image courtesy LAPL Fruit Crate Label Collection


Yokohl oranges. Image courtesy LAPL Fruit Crate Label Collection


Up N'Atom carrots. Image courtesy LAPL Fruit Crate Label Collection


Victoria citrus. Image courtesy LAPL Fruit Crate Label Collection


Unicorn oranges. Image courtesy LAPL Fruit Crate Label Collection


Queen Esther oranges. Image courtesy LAPL Fruit Crate Label Collection


Ocean Mist artichokes. Image courtesy LAPL Fruit Crate Label Collection


Miracle oranges. Image courtesy LAPL Fruit Crate Label Collection


Carro Amano oranges. Image courtesy LAPL Fruit Crate Label Collection


Have One oranges. Image courtesy LAPL Fruit Crate Label Collection


Mercury oranges. Image courtesy LAPL Fruit Crate Label Collection


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Katherine's role as the Living editor at KCET.org keeps her running from farms to markets to restaurants to pop-up swaps all over SoCal. She's been living in and writing about this area for over a decade.
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