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July 2014

Tom Spellman
Tom Spellman

Welcome to summer. It seems our cool, spring weather is behind us and summer has started off with heat and humidity. My citrus trees love it and have all done well this season. It looks like I will have a great crop on almost all varieties for this coming fall and winter. I’m picking the last of the summer navels, Valencias, late mandarins, ruby grapefruit, lemons and limes from last season’s set. Looking forward to our January meeting next year for another great citrus fruit display and tasting.

Our second quarter meetings have now passed: April at Sunkist, May in Fullerton, and June in Riverside; all have been active, informative events and lots of fun. Several collectors brought in portions of their collections for show and tell. For me, this is the best part of the meetings. You get an opportunity to look at some very cool labels and hear some history of who used them and where they came from. Every collector seems to have specific strong points and interests. Some collect geographic areas, some collect specific images, and some just like to collect labels in general. Several collectors and dealers have been bringing in good selections of labels for sale and trade in every price range and category. I have witnessed several happy collectors going home with some top shelf additions to their collections.

I found Gordon Mc Clelland’s feature article on the evolution of the Sunkist sunburst trademark to be informative and helpful in dating Sunkist brands. If you haven’t read it, you will find it posted on our website. It is worth printing out a copy for future reference. You have just got to love those early Sunkist Sunburst trademark labels. To me, they are just about as good as they get.

Our next meeting is scheduled for Saturday, July 19, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Sunkist building in Sherman Oaks, California. Hope you can make it and go home with something new for your collection.

- Tom Spellman, CLS president

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