Our next meeting is scheduled for Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 11
a.m. to 2 p.m. Once again, the Ventura County Agricultural Museum will
be hosting this event. The focus of the meeting will be on California's
citrus history, and the beauty and marketing impact of the citrus label.
The museum is filled with displays depicting Ventura County's rich agricultural
and citrus history. It includes one of the best collections of California
agricultural artifacts I’ve ever seen.
At noon, CLS member Jim Campos will be presenting a Power Point presentation
featuring labels from the L.B. and Fleeta Hudson collection. L.B. specialized
in labels featuring dogs as the primary image and Fleeta concentrated
on labels with flowers. I’ve personally seen the collection; it
contains many rare and beautiful images, and this program itself will
make it worth attending this event.
At 1:00 p.m., we will be joined by a tour group from the historic Fillmore
and Santa Paula railroad. They will be with us for the last hour of
Be sure to invite friends or relatives to our meeting. We are open
to the public and everyone is invited to participate in this event.
It will be educational and entertaining, and have something of interest
Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Ventura County Agricultural Museum
926 Railroad Street
Santa Paula, CA 93060
Dealer sales space will be limited and available by reservation
only. For information and reservations, contact Tom Spellman at (909)
931-2458 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
It is with heavy heart that I share the following news:
Citrus Label Society pioneer Llaird B. Hudson passed away, on December
11, 2015 at the age 93, surrounded by his family. He and his wife Fleeta
of 72 years moved to Camarillo 22 years ago after starting and raising
their family in the Ontario/Rancho Cucamonga area.
Llaird was a WWII army veteran, proudly serving in the Pacific and
European campaigns. After returning from the War, he became a California
Highway Patrolman, serving the Pomona/Ontario area. Llaird was a citrus
farmer, growing lemons in the Upland district. He also served two terms
as president of the San Bernardino County Farm Bureau. Later, he served
on the grand jury.
Through the years, Llaird faithfully served in many capacities in local
churches, including board member and high school Sunday school teacher.
“L.B.,” as we all knew him, was an early collector of Citrus
Labels and one of the pioneer members of the Citrus Label Society.
To me, L.B. was a great friend. I will always cherish the time I was
able to spend with him at label meetings and at his home in Camarillo.
He was always welcoming and cheerful; always willing to share his wonderful
collection and his extensive knowledge of citrus labels and citrus history.
I could go on for pages; there were so many great stories. It is always
tragic to lose a good friend, but I like to look at it this way: L.B.
had 93 years of life; a great family, good friends, and countless accomplishments
and experiences. L.B.'s life is truly a story of success.
L.B.: You will be greatly missed, old friend, but always fondly remembered.
May you rest in peace.
Collecting has been a part of my life since I was a teenager: I would
be digging for antique bottles, crawling under old buildings, and buying,
selling and trading at swap meets for as long as I can remember. And
my efforts have paid off. I’ve been able to put together a fine
collection of citrus labels and citrus artifacts, antique bottles and
Western advertising, of which I am truly proud. For me, the hunt is
as important as the acquisition. Even more important is being among
people who share these interests.
After 45-plus years of collecting, the things that really stand out
to me are all the friends I have made along the way; friends I have
known for decades, as well as friends I made just recently. The travel,
the lunches and dinners, the meetings and shows, and so on, are all
aspects of collecting to which I really look forward. I really enjoy
the comradery among friends with interests similar to mine.
Things have changed in recent years as more and more collectable material
has become available on the Internet. You don’t have to attend
a Citrus Label Society event anymore to purchase citrus labels. You
can sit in front of your computer at 11:00 p.m. in your bathrobe with
a glass of wine and buy citrus labels or just about anything else you
are seeking to buy. I’ll admit it: I've done that; I've purchased
many items from Internet stores and eBay auctions. That’s great
stuff, but it doesn’t replace the social aspect of collecting.
It doesn’t replace spending time with your friends.
Due to the lack of available meeting locations, we will probably only
have three or four meetings this year. But if you want the Society to
survive, then please participate. We are trying to plan programs for
all future meetings, and keep them interesting as well as entertaining.
By the way, plenty of great labels that you won’t find on the
Internet are brought to meetings.
What can you do for the Society? Deliver a program, write an article
for the website, or just show up to visit with your friends.
Hope to see you at a meeting soon.
- Tom Spellman, CLS president