Crate Label, Santa Barbara County Lemons, “Schooner”, Original Lithograph, Vintage NOS
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Crate Label, Santa Barbara County Lemons, “Schooner”, Original Lithograph, Vintage NOS



Vintage Crate Label, “Schooner” Santa Barbara County Lemons – SEE BELOW FOR DESCRIPTION & CONDITION


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  • Made in USA
  • Vintage circa 1930’s – 1940’s
  • Details:  A very large and beautiful crate label.  It shows a large schooner sailing in a bit of rough seas.  The skies are partly cloudy and you can see a mountain in the background.  Marked California Red Ball, this is genuine, unused old stock label from the Goleta Lemon Association in Goleta, California.  It reads: “famous Santa Barbara County Lemons, Grown in U.S.A”.  This lithograph was done by Schmidt Lithography Co, more information below.  These large labels are perfect for framing and framing is recommended to maintain this condition.  Collecting labels has become a very popular hobby, mainly because of the beautiful and unique images/artwork that can be found.  If this is your hobby, we have lots more labels available, please feel free to browse. 
  • Material:  Paper
  • Dimensions:   10.75 inches  Wide by 8.5 inches Tall
  • Condition:  Vintage – NOS.  Excellent unused mint condition.  There are a couple of creases on the bottom corners, if you’re a collector, this may be important to you.  This is an original label, new old stock item, never been used.  The paper is yellowing but this is consistent with its age.  Please review all pictures and make sure you love this item before purchasing, we can’t accept returns.  Please remember these are VINTAGE and ANTIQUE items, every effort has been made to show any scratches, wear and tear and imperfections. 
  • Shipping is included, (continental US only), unless otherwise noted.  This item ships First Class Mail, if you need it sooner, please Contact US for Priority or Express Mail for an additional fee.  AK, HI and International shoppers will see additional shipping based on your location. 

The Schmidt Lithography Co. was founded in October 1872 by a German immigrant named Max Schmidt.  It was once the largest printing company on the West Coast.  Early on Max was very lucky, his brother sent from Germany a pamphlet describing a new engraving process started in Vienna called zincography, designed to take the place of slow and expensive wood engraving.   After some experiments, Max was able to turn out rough zincographs quickly and the work grew faster than he could get it done.  That was the real beginning of the largest lithographing business in the West as he was able to get ahead of his competitors.  In the early 1920’s the company occupied the famous clock tower building, at Second and Bryant streets in San Francisco, the well-known landmark is still there and really gives one the sense and scale of the industrial grandeur that was once realized in the area.    Max continued to expand throughout the west coast, he also had operations in Portland and Seattle.  Unfortunately we have not found much more about the company or how it ended.  We did find that in 1966 the Schmidt Lithograph Company was merged with Stecher-Traung.  Perhaps that was the end of the Schmidt name.

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Weight0.8 lbs
Dimensions12 × 11 × 0.75 in


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