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
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