A great example of the King Pelican Lettuce Crate Label. This must be one of the most artistic labels produced by F. S. and F. E .King. of Clarksburg, California.
A piece of stunning artwork. With the expanding railway system linking the vegetable grower with the growing population of the big cities the fruit and vegetable growers started shipping their produce by train to the wholesale markets. They needed a way to make their boxes of produce stand out and also be recognised by returning customers, hence the crate labels.
This amazing piece of 1930s ephemera was discovered in a disused American vegetable packing factory. In the 1940/50s when printing was advanced enough to be able to print directly on to a packing crate or box, printed labels were obsolete and discarded. Luckily for lovers of vintage advertising and ephemera some label were put aside , just incase they might be needed. 80 years later they were right.
The label is 9inch high x 7inch wide
The frame size is:
12inch x 12inches
This framed advertising was photographed without glass to try to solve the problem of glare.