ROYAL TIGER Brand of California Irrigated Flame Tokay grapes was long ago used by R.A. Richards of Lodi, San joaquin valley,
California, as his company's produce label. A Fine Art piece showing a Bengal Tiger crouched in a grassy area would have been seen on ordinary grape crates in the very early 20th Century. It's Custom framed in copper and glass, ready to decorate your home or zoo. It measures approx. 4 1/2 x 13 inches. This ROYAL TIGER Brand is a Very old Original Grape Lug crate Label from Lodi, California, and may be the oldest grape label we offer; the colors are deep and vibrant! I believe that this label was lithographed earlier than thought by some collectors. "It is Written" that this Royal Tiger label was lithographed a decade after the turn-of-the-20th-Century. Older, I say. The printing and art style reflect the late 1800's lithographic arts. The paper itself, has a thick and slightly waxy feel. Again, typical of the 1800's. The extreme right and left margins of the paper have been slightly trimmed. The wider label was originally created to fit a much bigger lug box than that used in the 20th Century. "Elephants", you say? Check out our Elephant Brand label # 3189.
"Grapes are a major California agricultural product, consumed as tables grapes, raisins, and wine. While grapes are grown throughout California, table grapes are grown mainly on the east side of the San Joaquin valley in central California, in Tulare, San Joaquin, Kern and Fresno counties. Many varieties of grapes are grown, with Thompson Seedless, Emperor, Tokay and Malaga being of key commercial importance. Grapes are very perishable, and require careful handling to prevent crushing. They are packed in flat lug boxes containing about 25 pounds of grapes, with labels about 13" x 4". Wooden boxes were used until the early 1960's. The long narrow shape of grape labels requires different design treatments than those on the relatively square labels used for other fruit boxes. Effective designs are those which feature extended lettering and elongated images. Fruit Box Labels, McClelland and Last, 1983" (Out of Print)