Far West Brand Original Pear fruit crate label pictures a pioneer looking out over the vast Pacific Ocean at Sunset. This label was used by the North Pacific Sales Company of Seattle, Washington. An excellent vintage American commercial art crate poster, it was lithographed by "Stecher - Traung, San Francisco, California. We have custom framed this Vintage pear fruit box label in copper and glass and it is ready to decorate your home. It measures approximately 10 1/4 x 7 3/4".
In a Novel by Lawrence Sanders about the 1920's Hollywood Movie Industry, entitled "The Dream Lover", a wealthy banker from back East complains about California saying: "Last night at my hotel I met a man who claimed to be a rancher. He looked like a rancher; boots with high heels, leather clothes, sombrero. I asked him how many cattle he had. He said he didn't raise cattle; he owned a PEAR ranch!"
In a 1979 Novel entitled "Nobody's Angel", by Thomas McGuane, a tough Old Time Montana Rancher expresses his distain for irrigation farming by saying, "I'd like to see to just the horses, but it ought to be farmed up quite a bit more. I always thought farrming was a highly evolved form of mowing the lawn."
"Pears are grown commercially in scattered areas of north central California, and in Oregon and Washington. In California, the main areas are the rich, moist lands of the Sacramento River delta, the cooler foothills of the Sacramento and San Joaquin River valleys, and in Santa Clara County. In Oregon, pears are grown in the Hood River area, east of Portland near the Columbia River. In Washington, the main area is in the Wenachee and Yakima valleys, the same general area where apples are grown. The industry in these three states, which developed in the 1920's, is now the most highly commercialized pear growing region in the world. The principal variety grown in California is the Bartlett; additional varieties gown in Oregon and Washington include the Bosc and d'Anjou. Pears were packed in rectangular wooden boxes, containing 4/5 bushel, somewhat smaller than apples boxes. The label size was somewhat variable, usually about 10 1/2" x 7 1/2". As with other wooden fruit boxes, pear boxes gradually were replaced by cardboard boxes in the 1950's. Fruit Box Labels, McClelland & Last, 1983" (Out of Print)