Until the late 1800s, all of Southern California’s lands belonged to Mother Earth. California’s undisturbed land was thick with a blanket of wild mustard grass and sycamore trees. From the late 1800s-onward, settlers fell in love with the state’s warm, sunny weather. Eventually, farmers began to grow many crops, particularly oranges. Tustin, Santa Ana, Irvine, and many more cities today started as orange farms, eventually becoming the industrialized, sprawling centers we know them to be today. Back when Orange County was actually orange tree farmland, the produce was delivered in wooden crates decorated with artsy labels detailing which farm the produce grew from. Below is one of these labels that came from a farm in the Tustin/Santa Ana area.
Want to see some more beautiful shipping label art? Let me know what you think and i’d be happy to share some more of SoCal’s hidden treasures. Thanks for taking a read!
Abbie Leigh 🐰🖤