-PE Ephemera

Red Car Packing Label

Posted on: April 23, 2013 by Pacific Electric 5 Comments
Steve Crise Photo, Steve Crise Collection

Steve Crise Photo, Steve Crise Collection

Red Car California Fruits & Vegetables, a brand of Paul E. Stone, Grower and Shipper, Exeter, California.

Courtesy Beachwood Market, Hollywood, California.

Steve Crise Photo, Steve Crise Collection

5 Responses

  1. Steve Crise

    April 23, 2013

    I remember seeing this label at Beachwood Market when I was in High School. It’s been hanging there since 1973 as far as I can recall. I was surprised to see it was still there after all these years when we paid a visit to the market last week.

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  2. Bob Davis

    April 24, 2013

    Note that Exeter was the home of the Visalia Electric RR, an SP subsidiary (like PE). The car on the label looks like nothing PE or VE ever ran, although if PE had ordered new cars after World War II they could have looked somewhat like that. Noted traction modeler Bill Everett made a “PE 2000-class” O-scale model illustrating his vision of a next-generation Red Car. I once had a dream about riding a “PE 5300-class” train from Monrovia to Irwindale on the Santa Fe route; at least part of this dream is coming true with the construction of the Gold Line Foothill Extension. If you can imagine a car with elements of a PCC, a Hollywood car, and a Cleveland rapid transit unit, that’s a “5300”. Now if LA Metro will just paint their new cars red, with yellow-orange striping……

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  3. Cole Latimer

    April 28, 2016

    That’s my grandfathers farm label. Crazy seeing it on the internet.

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    • Pacific Electric

      April 28, 2016

      That’s awesome, Cole!

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  4. Kristina Steinberg

    July 7, 2016

    Hi, I have one of these my dad picked up years ago. I have no idea what it is worth. any idea?

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