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1950s Gulf Brand Vegetable Crate Label

SKU: CRL1015 $3.00 USD



Historic Overview

This is the later label (after zip code) which dates it to the 1950s-60s. Bright and cheery, they are great decorator items for restaurants, country stores, kitchens, dining rooms, and etc. Also it is smaller than the earlier Gulf Brand Label measuring 5" Tall x 8” Wide making it great for matting and framing. It is from the Gulf Distributing Co. in Weslaco, Texas.

The label shows the Texas Gulf coast with a pair of sailboats in the Gulf. We also have the larger 1940s labels. Weslaco was named after the W. E. Stewart Land Company who developed the area and is the geographic center of the Rio Grande Valley making it a center for business throughout the Valley.


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