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Vintage Labels: Collect What You Like if You Can Find It…

A crate label for Mission Bells Brand fruit depicts the ringing of the bells at Mission San Juan Capistrano.You might say that Paul Ford has labeled himself as a serious collector. He has over a million labels, in fact – mostly from West Coast agricultural products – and was eventually forced to build a 5,500-square-foot building behind his Salem, Oregon home to house them all.

“I’ve always loved to save and collect things,” Ford said. “I’m big into Route 66 memorabilia, for instance.”

Labels, however, are his first love. Unfortunately, the currently blighted economy has soured that relationship somewhat.
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