First appearing in the United States during the 1880s, paper crate labels were designed to draw attention to produce boxes and make them stand out at public markets. By the 1950s, though, pre-printed cardboard boxes had replaced the use of paper labels on wooden packaging, so discarded and unused crate labels became collector’s items. These labels have great artwork. Decorate your restaurant, kitchen or dining area. These are an affordable way to get into collecting. Most are often only a few dollars! All of our labels are unused, and original.