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Chromolithograph product labels collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: CSC-0051

Scope and Contents

This is a collection of 68 product labels assembled by R. Roger Remington. The collection is organized loosely into categories related to the type of product the label advertises. These include: fresh fruit; canned fruit, juice, sauce; canned vegetables, meat, meals; baking, cleaning; tobacco, drinks; miscellaneous. Several of the labels include duplicates. A letter in the collection indicates that some of these labels were manufactured by Stecher Lithographic Co., Rochester, New York. The letter and an addressed envelope also identify an adhesive company: Clark Stek-o Corporation, Rochester, New York.


  • Creation: circa 1900-1960


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

History of chromolithograph product labels

Closely associated with the history of food packaging is the development of food labels and brands (Opie, 1987). In the first half of the nineteenth century, food manufacturers realized that their products would sell better if a brand name was attached to them, a name with prestige that potential customers could easily recognize. Initially, labels with information about the contents were put on glass containers or cans. Gradually, the label and the packaging as a whole became a means for promoting the food product.


1.5 Linear Feet (1 oversize box)




A collection of early 20th century color-printed food, cleaning, and household product labels.


Grouped in folders by type of product.

Physical Location

Cary Graphic Arts Collection

Other Finding Aids

In addition to this finding aid, an inventory is available below. For more information, please contact the Cary Graphic Arts Collection.

Chromolithograph product labels collection

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by R. Roger Remington.


Processing Information

Collection processed by Amelia Hugill-Fontanel, May 2012.

Finding aid encoded by Amelia Hugill-Fontanel, May 2012.

Chromolithograph product labels collection
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Cary Special Collections
Amelia Hugill-Fontanel
21 May 2012
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Revision Statements

  • 03 July 2024: Relinked inventory, A. Hugill-Fontanel

Repository Details

Part of the Cary Graphic Arts Collection Repository

Rochester NY 14623 US
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