The Citrus Label Society meetings offer a chance for label enthusiasts to display their collections, discuss the history of labels, buy, sell, trade and introduce visitors to the hobby. Colorful labels for oranges, lemons, grapefruit and other fruits were essential for promoting Southern California's citrus crops when they were shipped in wooden crates from the 1880s to the 1950s. Labels represent quite a variety of fascinating historical and pictorial themes. We invite you to view, learn, taste (this month) and possibly capture some of these beautiful images at our next meeting in Sherman Oaks.
In addition, we have a special guest this month, author of Lemon: A Global History, Toby Sonneman. She traces the remarkable adventures of the lemon in the midst of human drama over the last millennium. On this odyssey, she reveals the fascinating relationship between people -- Jews, Muslims and Christians; explorers and traders; botanists and plant hunters; farmers and physicians; conquerors and cooks -- and an extraordinary fruit. If you wish, this richly illustrated book, and selected recipes that follow the text, can be signed by the author.