Royal Guard Citrus Crate Label
This Florida citrus label is from 1932 and measures 9” High x 9” Wide. The fruit was packed by the Lake Wells Citrus Growers Association from Lake Wells, Polk County, Florida. The label is in unused mint condition and features a knight on horseback with a Royal Guard crest.Florida citrus labels were always colorful and often humorous. Growers in certain areas of Florida frequently used the labels to promote a particular theme or to identify their products with a particular concept. The Lake Wales Citrus Growers Association almost always used royalty as a theme with such labels as "Royal Guard," "Prince of Wales," and "Crown Jewel."
All of the Florida citrus labels were registered with the Florida Department of Agriculture and their fanciful names and vivid colors had meaning to those who bought and sold the products. The color on the label or in the name indicated the grade of the fruit. Blue was grade A, red was grade B, and green, grade C.
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