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April 14, 2007 3:01 PM   Subscribe

southern cross

posted by jouke at 3:10 PM on April 14, 2007

Oh wow, this is wonderful. Envigoratingly colorful, bold and friendly vitality and somehow serene too. A dear friend of mine loves fruit crate label and seed packet art. Can't wait to pass your post along. Thanks Kwantsar !
posted by nickyskye at 3:11 PM on April 14, 2007

If I could double-plus-favorite this I would.
posted by freebird at 3:13 PM on April 14, 2007

ps, cool you liked Southern Cross too jouke. That one reminded me of the lovely evening skies of Maxfield Parrish.
posted by nickyskye at 3:14 PM on April 14, 2007

These are beautiful, and so clean! I wonder what kind of digital corrections have gone on with them.

And who knew fruit could be so scientifictional?
posted by interrobang at 3:21 PM on April 14, 2007

From the same folks who bring you Shorpy, which is a recent link favorite just about everywhere, as well as Plan 59, Ghost Cowboy, Patent Room, and Adventure Lounge. The guys behind these sites pretty much spend hours and hours compulsively searching through various public domain archives for photos and illustrations, and then charge money for high resolution prints of the public domain items.
posted by Dave Faris at 3:25 PM on April 14, 2007

Or fresh-packed with violence?!
posted by freebird at 3:25 PM on April 14, 2007

oops. Plan59
posted by Dave Faris at 3:27 PM on April 14, 2007

Neat. And is it just me or did anyone else interpret this company name as Killer Cock?
posted by dobbs at 3:37 PM on April 14, 2007

nickyskye; I didn't know Maxfield Parrish. I was reminded of the mediterranee, of Andalucia. Pretty long odds for picking the exact same label out of hundreds.
Ah, that Southern Cross label makes me long for summer holiday....
posted by jouke at 3:39 PM on April 14, 2007

Well now...
posted by nathan_teske at 3:46 PM on April 14, 2007

Dangit dobbs, you beat me too it. I read it exactly like that, had to laugh.
posted by dabitch at 3:53 PM on April 14, 2007

Excellent find kwantsar (and seconding shorpy)
posted by vronsky at 3:54 PM on April 14, 2007

The 3rd german is hypnotizing you to buy oranges.
posted by jouke at 3:54 PM on April 14, 2007

occupying a similar niche: Dr. Dirik von Oettingen's Orangenpapiermuseum. (don't mind its acronym, and rush to mute its autoplayer).

(i saw part of Luigi Ontani's vast private collections of them in an exhibition years back. their fragile beauty stuck with me.)
posted by progosk at 4:05 PM on April 14, 2007

I recognize some of these album covers. They were, like, box sets.
posted by hal9k at 4:11 PM on April 14, 2007

re: oranges: gallery of 40 such cartine starting here.
posted by progosk at 4:12 PM on April 14, 2007

As it happens, I work with a gay Johnny. That bit of art always makes me chuckle.
posted by Foosnark at 5:02 PM on April 14, 2007

This is so cool. I love this kind of stuff, especially prints that are related to Florida. Seeing Oak Hill on a poster is a thrill. Oak Hill and Turnbull Bay are very close to me, and Oak Hill is such a small. little hick town. I hope they get more Florida art in. I notice they have only two at the moment.
posted by LoriFLA at 5:09 PM on April 14, 2007

I was talking to someone on the phone when I clicked.
they hung up because I became completely unresponsive.

this shit floats my boat, spins my wheels, what have you.

a thousand times, thanks.
posted by Busithoth at 5:20 PM on April 14, 2007

I wish I could find a print from Peaches Records and Tapes (who obviously borrowed from this style)
posted by Frank Grimes at 5:47 PM on April 14, 2007

Very cool stuff. And I have zero problem with them selling prints of this stuff, heck you or I could do the same thing.

Does anyone else miss "splash" pages? I like arriving at a web site and being presented with a simple, attention grabbing graphic and a short sentence about the site before jumping in.
posted by maxwelton at 5:58 PM on April 14, 2007

This is fantastic. Thanks!
posted by scody at 6:28 PM on April 14, 2007

I wasn't suggesting that selling prints was wrong, Max. I'm a little put off by the copyright and the "all rights reserved" that's at the bottom of their pages, but they might be able to explain it away as a copyright on their web design, not on the content.
posted by Dave Faris at 7:07 PM on April 14, 2007

(and now that I look at the site in the OP, there's no copyright notice on those pages, unlike the patent room or some of their other sites.)
posted by Dave Faris at 7:14 PM on April 14, 2007

Ah, wonderful! I've always loved these; thanks for giving me a whole bunch of 'em in one place.
posted by Mister_A at 7:17 PM on April 14, 2007

The Regis Cafe in Red Lodge is decorated with fruit crate art. Great stuff!
posted by Sukiari at 7:30 PM on April 14, 2007

There exists a brand of pears with my legal last name (I know this because I was given a postcard of the label a few years ago) that's noticeably missing from the site.

Other than that, it's awesome.

I think the "Yum Yum Apples" label wins some sort of award for most offensive packaging of an innocuous product EVAR.
posted by grapefruitmoon at 8:04 PM on April 14, 2007

posted by Ricky_gr10 at 8:24 PM on April 14, 2007

This one is perfectly California- palms and eucalyptus, planted beside orchards.
posted by oneirodynia at 9:05 PM on April 14, 2007

hah - good call quonsar. That is weird.

I ran across these earlier at Ursi's blog. Similar.
posted by vronsky at 10:35 PM on April 14, 2007

Oh, I love these. I went to a flea market and found a guy selling a bunch of these for between $3 and $10 each. I have this one on my wall, as well as one with a boxing jackrabbit that says "up and ATOM!" They make beautiful decorations. So colorful.

Anyone in Vancouver who wants some of these: it was the 21st Century Flea Market at the Croatian Cultural Center. The next one is June 21. Maybe the guy will be back. I've also heard a lot of the same people sell at the weekly flea market on Terminal drive.
posted by PercussivePaul at 3:32 PM on April 15, 2007

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