First appearing in the United States during the 1880s, paper crate labels were designed to draw attention to produce boxes and make them stand out at public markets. By the 1950s, though, pre-printed cardboard boxes had replaced the use of paper labels on wooden packaging, so discarded and unused crate labels became collector’s items. Thanks to the expansion of the U.S. rail network during the late 1800s, growers were suddenly able to ship...Continue Reading