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KIKUCHI, Brand, Vintage Apple Box label, Sebastopol, Japanese American Fruit Growers, old crate label in frame

KIKUCHI, Brand, Vintage Apple Box label, Sebastopol, Japanese American Fruit Growers, Vintage apple crate label in frame
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KIKUCHI Brand apple fruit box label pictures Sebastopol Apples, Fancy Grade by Kikuchi Farms, Inc., who were the Growers, Packers and Shippers from Sebastopol, California. These Japanese American Apple Growers operated under the KIKUCHI Brand which was the nick-name of the Lady of the House. As you know, KIKUCHI means "White Swan Resting Peacefully on a Tranquil Pond"; er, or, perhaps, "Large Frog Leaps Cheerfully Over the Full Moon".  This River Valley orchard scene with snowy mountains in the distance; two large different variety red apples, leaves and branch was designed by Schmidt Litho. Co., San Francisco. We have custom framed this colorful old apple box label in copper and glass so it is ready to decorate your kitchen wall. Measures 10" x 10 ¼".   This old original farm print fruit produce crate label was lithographed during a time when lead, cobalt and other compounds were often introduced as a part of the ink used to make the images brilliant, vivid and colorful. "While apples hae been grown in nearly all parts of California, major commercial production is centered in two relatively small areas, the Pajaro Valley near Watsonville, about 80 miles south of San Francisco, and the Sebastopol area near the Russian River, about 60 miles north of San Francisco. The Pajaro Valley industry was developed in the 1890's by immigrants, from the area for a time known as Yugosalavia, who continue to be the main growers and marketers of Watsonville fruit. Due to the prevalence of fog and the lack of sharp frosty nights prior to harvest, red varieties of apples do not attain a high color in this region. The most successful commercial variety is the yellow Newtown Pippin, a hard, crisp, juicy apple which ripens in the late fall. Apple production started in the Sebastopol area in the early 1900's. The main variety grown is the Gravenstein, a red striped apple which ripens in the summer, before fruit from most other areas are ready for market. Since California apples were shipped by rail, the bushel basket and the barrel used in the East were not satisfactory. A rectangular box with a volume of approximately one bushel was developed. A label about 10 1/4" x 9" was customarily used. Apples were shipped directly from the Watsonville and Sebastopol areas, as well as by large distributors in San Fransicso." Fruit Box Labels, McClelland & Last, 1983