Fifty years ago BLUE MOUNTAIN Brand Apples were shipped by Mojonnier and Sons, Inc., from Wenatchee, Washington, in fruit crates made of sturdy pine, with Spruce tops . This older variety of the Blue Mountain Brand apple fruit box label shows the Blue Mountains of Eastern Washington in a realistic setting of orchard and forest. Wrapped fruit in the foreground displays two varieties of heirloom fruits, a yellow apple and a red apple. This fine old American advertising agriculture print produce label was lithographed during a time when lead, cobalt and other compounds were often introduced as a part of the ink used to make the images brilliant, vivid and colorful. I found this scarcer version of this apple crate label in a now destroyed packing shed in Walla Walla, Washington. We also have the common variety (Nice, more of a cartoon look) of "Blue Mountain" available. Measures 10 ¼" x 8 ¾". Vintage Fruit Crate Labels have been discovered over the years in a large variety of Nooks and Crannies. In the North Western U.S.A. packing sheds built during the 1880’s have sheltered this unused art, or artsie, apple crate labels atop attic rafters, inside timber-built walls and beneath floorboards. Unappreciated, these brilliantly colored works of fruit crate art have been found simply languishing in the company file cabinet or safe. The following tells of the discovery of a one hundred year-old find undisturbed until recently in Western Montana near the Bitterroot Mountains. In the words of a newly minted archeologist: “ Well it was a dark and stormy night............and something odd with the bathroom light caused my husband to venture up into the attic and investigate the wiring. Its a good thing he checked on it, kind of an amateurish job from a former tenant. I guess nobody ever noticed the cardboard box at the far end of the attic, snuggled up to an old brick chimney, or maybe if they did they weren't interested in the contents. They were not charming to see at first glance. Lots of dust and dirt and the box was falling apart but Craig knows I like old things and he could tell that some of the labels were nice so he brought them out. Plus it was apple labels and we live over the apple cellar and they said Bitterroot Valley on them. As far as knowing anything about labels as a collectors item, neither one of us had any idea. We thought maybe friends or family would like one framed up and did a few of those but after that they languished in a newer card board box in a closet for a couple of years.” The particular apple label discussed may be searched for and purchased on www.AntiqueLabelCompany.com Here’s a description of this fine old stone lithographed image: Mountain Valley Apples A beautiful 100 year-old apple box label from the Bitterroot Mountains of Western Montana near the Idaho border. “Grown By Kress & Carey, Hamilton, Montana.” A fine example of stone lithography by “Bankers Supply Co.”, Denver, Colorado. The image created shows a variety what would now be referred to as “Heirloom” apples. Big luscious apples of several sizes, shapes and colors come tumbling from an over-turned wicker basket onto the prairie grass. In the distance can be seen two small ranch buildings nestled amidst the apple orchard. Farther we see pine trees and the snow covered Bitterroot Mountains rising majestically.