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LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEER Brand Wine grapes old fruit crate label grape box art poster, framed

LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEER Brand Wine grapes old fruit crate label grape box art poster, framed
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$45.00
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LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEER Brand Wine grapes were produced by Thomas Mouradick of Fresno, California.  This old grape fruit crate label pictures a Dramatic scene of  the old diesel Train rushing at full speed past vineyards as the engineer peeks out a side window and a man walks atop the freight cars. This early example of American advertising art eas designed and executed by Crocker Union, San Francisco. LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEER Brand Wine grapes old fruit crate label grape box art poster, framedt's Custom framed in copper and glass, ready to decorate your kitchen or den or railroad yard. Measures approx. 4 1/2 x 13 inches. Attention collectors; This early label is also available in two other varieties; marked for selling "Alicante Bouschet" grapes and also "Muscat" grapes. "With the completion of the transcontinental railroads in the 1880's it became possible to ship western agricultural produce to midwestern and eastern markets. Fruit, which had remained unpicked in western orchards due to lack of demand, suddenly became commercially valuable, and a new industry developed. The first products shipped were oranges and lemons from southern California, grapes from central California, and apples and pears from northern California, Oregon and Washington. As railroad refrigeration techniques became more sophisticated, perishable produce such as melons, lettuce and tomatoes also were shipped. A complex packing, shipping and marketing network was developed to transfer this wide variety of western agricultural produce to eastern consumers. The fruit box label was developed to identify and advertise these products. This colorful paper poster was pasted on the end of the wooden box; serving as a means of communication between the grower and customer. Tens of thousands of different label designs were used on billions of boxes until the 1950's when wooden boxes were replaced by cardboard boxes with cheaper pre-printed label information. The paper labels, nearly all designed and printed in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle and Portland, serve as a historical record of West Coast commercial art." Fruit Box Labels, McClelland & Last 1983 (Out of Print)