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OLD ORCHARD Brand Santa Clara Pears, Will Weston, Old label pictures his two, little girls [FRAMED]

OLD ORCHARD Brand Santa Clara Pears, Will Weston, Old label pictures his two, little girls [FRAMED]
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OLD ORCHARD Brand Santa Clara Pears, was once used by Will B. Weston and shows two lovely little girls enjoying their Dads Pear Orchard; lots of gilt on this old pear fruit crate label. We have custom framed this gilt printed old vintage pear box label in copper and glass so it is ready to decorate your home or pear packing shed. The oldest of these two girls stopped by our booth in Marin County in the year 2002. It measues aproximately 11" x 4 1/2". Here's a fine old Pear Box Label from Santa Clara, California, used during the early days way before Silicon Valley. 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!" "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. Crates gradually were replaced by cardboard boxes in the 1950's. Fruit Box Labels, McClelland & Last, 1983" (Out of Print)