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BEST CHOICE, Santa Clara Valley, San Jose, California, vegetable box label, fruit crate label, [FRAMED]


BEST CHOICE brand Original old Fruit Crate Label was used by the Santa Clara Valley Fruit and Produce Co., San Jose; California, Fruits and Vegetables.  Illustrated on this exciting authentic antique fruit box advertising poster is a pretty 1920's girl with blue eyes, red lipstick and a "come hither" look that was Designed by The Union Litho Co., San Francisco. We custom framed this beauty and it Measures 5 ¾ X 4 ¾. The early days before Silicon Valley this collectible vintage California Produce Crate Label was rescued from a fruit packing shed in San Jose, in the 1960's, just as the packinghouse was being torn down. "California produces and ships a wide variety of fruits and vegetables in addition to citrus fruit, apples, pears and grapes. These are grown throughout the state in regions which have suitable climate, freedom from pests, availability of irrigation water if needed, and the capability of growing crops in off market seasons. Most vegetables are grown in the Watsonville - Salinas area south of San Francisco, in the Sacramento and San Joaquin river valleys, and in the Imperial and Coachella valleys in the southeastern part of the state. Winter vegetables are grown in these California desert valleys as well as, more recently in Arizona and Texas. The most common vegetable box used for lettuce, carrots and other vegetables, is a wire-wrapped wood slat box, with a tall rectangular label about 7" x 9". A number of fragile products including cherries, melons, peaches, plums and tomatoes are shipped in flat lug boxes similar to grape boxes. The long rectangular labels used on these range in size from 13" x 5" to 9" x 3". Asparagus, grown mainly in San Joaquin county is packed in a trapezoidal box, narrower at the top than the bottom to hold the tapering stalks of asparagus. The trapezoidal label is about 10" x 9"." Fruit Box Labels, McClelland & Last, 1983 (Out of Print)