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OUR PICK Brand Pear Crate Label from Loomis, California - Custom Framed


Our Pick A healthy looking chicken who has its pick of the fine looking bowl of fruit grown by the Loomis Fruit Growers Association of Loomis, CA. This label was used for their pears where the fruit has been "Hand Graded" "Hand Packed". Designed by S. P. S. Litho. Oak (I'm guessing Oakland, California); an unknown lithographer who nonetheless did a grand job on this old label. We have custom framed this fine piece in copper and glass so it is ready to decorate your kitchen wall or chicken coop. It measures 11 x 7 1/2 inches. 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, usually about 10 1/2" x 7 1/2". As with other wooden fruit boxes, pear boxes gradually were replaced by cardboard boxes in the 1950's. Fruit Box Labels, McClelland & Last, 1983" (Out of Print)