Vintage Fruit Crate Labels, Lodi, CA, 1940s–1960s

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I finally became bored enough to scan some of my favorite vintage fruit crate labels from my hometown of Lodi, CA. For this posting, I focused specifically on grapes, which of course, includes lots of Zinfandel, as well as table grapes, such as the Flame Tokay.

These crate labels date […]

Lawry’s Prime Rib Menu, Beverly Hills, 1940s

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I’d never turn down at meal at San Francisco’s House of Prime Rib, but Los Angeles and Lawry’s still take the crown for being the original and the best. Lawry’s first opened its doors on La Cienega Boulevard in 1938; House of Prime Rib came along in 1949. […]

Fishermen’s Grotto Menu, San Francisco, 1940s

Crab Cioppino, Fishermen’s Style… $1.90.

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Submitted for your approval today is a post-war menu from San Francisco’s famous (and once proud) Fishermen’s Grotto. Aside from the super-low prices, clues to the age of this menu include a $10 bottle of 1941 Ruinart Champagne on the wine list, […]

Antiques from Heritage Culinary Artifacts, Napa Valley

Hand-painted citrus juicer, Japan, 1930s-1940s.

Heritage Culinary Artifacts has been a staple at Oxbow Market ever since the venue opened in 2008, but the shop will close at the end of January 2013, after a five-year run. I definitely enjoyed browsing the ever-evolving display of antique cookware, which is now available for purchase online. […]