Fruit is serious business ‘round here!
The early years of the twentieth century saw the growth and consolidation of the citrus industry in southern California. We have a particular affinity for a series of patent infringement court cases which document the technology that revolutionized the industry.
Nothing says southern California citrus history like a crate stapling machine, right? Huh? Well, crate labels wouldn’t have had their advertising impact if the fruit hadn’t made it to its destination safely wrapped inside of the crate, right?
These images detail a machine claimed to have been invented by both George D. Parker and Hale Paxton.