Growers first started using fruit and vegetable crate labels in the late 19th century. Labels were glued on the ends of wooden crates to identify the contents, place or origin and the packer’s name. These labels were shipped all over the nation for nearly 70 years.

Packers sold their produce with colorful, attractive and racially offensive labels in order to generate more business at the local market. In the late 1950’s, crates were replaced by pre-printed boxes so crate labels were no longer used. The leftover labels were gathered up by collectors, dealers and old orchard owners.

We collect crate labels from the pre-civil rights era. While these labels are racist and offensive, we appreciate them for their artwork. We also believe that they are important historical artifacts to preserve as a reminder that this type of product labeling should never be tolerated again.

Below is a small sampling of the Original Black Crate Labels that are a part of the Museum Of UnCut Funk Collection.


  • Todd Seese
    November 4, 2020

    I found a bar of this soap and was wondering where or whom should have it. This item is in the original packaging.

  • Gayle
    January 9, 2021

    How about returning it to the real owner

  • Steve Litchford
    November 25, 2021

    I collect and buy-sell-trade Black American crate, can and bottle labels too. I have a good variety to trade. Steve Litchford 765-655-3193. Text pics or wants to trade. I also like old tins and other advertising items. I personally collect Native American advertising items.

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