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SMALL BLACK Brand, Alicante grapes old original grape lug-box - fruit crate label FRAMED

Victor Fruit growers African American advertising poster art
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SMALL BLACK Brand, Alicante grapes old original grape lug-box - fruit crate label was once used by Victor Fruit Growers, Victor, California. This excellent attempt at Farm Humor featured a little naked African-American baby sitting on some wet green grass near a multi-colored grape arbor dripping with luscious bunches of purple wine grapes. The term "small black" referred to a particular commercial grape thus resulting in much astoundingly brilliant humor by California's farmers. This example of African-American themed commercial art or Black historical Americana is quite collectible. Also, You'll want to buy my upcoming best selling book on American Farm Humor. This Antique fruit crate label is Custom framed.  Measures approx. 4 1/2 x 13 inches. "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)