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Catalog Number 1988-252-23
Accession number 1988-252
Object Name Label
Collection History San Jose Collection
Title California Packing Company, Yellow Peaches, San Jose, California
Year Range from 1917
Year Range to 1925
Description This is a very early label for the California Packing Company. The California state seal is featured on this peach can label. "Eureka" the state motto, a Greek word that means, "I have found it," sits above Minerva. Minerva is the Roman goddess of wisdom. At the feet of Minerva, stands the California grizzly bear, a symbol of strength and independence.

The California Packing Corporation (later known as Calpak) was formed in 1916 as the result of the merger of the California Fruit Canners Association, the Central California Canneries, Griffen & Skelley, and the J.K. Armsby Company. California Packing Corporation sold its products under a number of proprietary and distributive labels, including their premium brand, Del Monte. In June 1967, the company name was officially changed to the Del Monte Corporation.

This label was printed by the Muirson Label Company of San José. Located on Stockton Avenue, Muirson was the only label-printing operation in the Santa Clara Valley from its founding in 1914 until its closure in 1970.

Subjects Muirson Label Company
California Packing Company
Grizzly Bear
Fruit industry
Fruit-culture -- California.
Can Labels
Extent of Description Paper
Credit line Gift of Ralph Rambo
Search Terms Label Legacy
Cannery Life