Nan Prince, assistant director of collections, brings us this post in her ongoing series about neat artifacts in the Museum Division collection.

Crate label. Accession number: 1985.70.1 (Museum Division collection)

Crate label. Accession number: 1985.70.1 (Museum Division collection)

With advancements in transportation such as railroads and trucks in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, truck farming became increasingly popular in Mississippi. Farmers and produce companies used visually appealing labels on their crates and cans to both distinguish them from other products and to serve as an advertisement. Pictured here are several crate and can labels from various Mississippi produce and canning companies that are in the Museum Division collection.

Can label. Accession number: 1985.70.7 (Museum Division collection)

Can label. Accession number: 1985.70.7 (Museum Division collection)

Crate label. Accession number: 1985.70.2 (Museum Division collection)

Crate label. Accession number: 1985.70.2 (Museum Division collection)