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Date:
September 1, 2021
Time:
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Location:
Moses Lake Museum & Art Center
Address:
401 S Balsam
Moses Lake, WA 98837
Contact:
509-764-3830
Cost:
Free
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Salon Series: Apple Box Labels with Kelsey Doncaster

Wednesday, September 1, 2021




Do you enjoy art or apples? Many people have savored sweet apples for centuries. From the mid-1900s until 1960, apples were packed in wooden boxes with artful paper labels pasted to the ends. Growers used these catchy slogans not only to advertise their product, but also to boast of how Washington State, by the 1930s, was number one in the United States for apple production. The Columbia Basin in the early 1900s was seen as a “promised land” for agriculture and this area was caught up in the apple boom that swept the Pacific Northwest, too. Places such as Quincy, Crescent Bar, White Bluffs, Neppel, Stratford, Coulee, and Grant Orchards were home to large fruit orchards. These orchards were planted and privately irrigated to capture the burgeoning market long before Reclamations’ massive Columbia Basin Project. Label designers used attractive images to entice buyers in fruit auction houses and customers at local grocery stores to buy their product. Kelsey Doncaster will display examples of these bold and iconic marketing images from his collection as he presents the history of Columbia Basin apple box labels before the completion of the Columbia Basin Project. Enjoy pastoral scenes,