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by Becky Martz — 1.2.2012 in #sticker, #banana, #fruit label, #collection, #banana labels.
Beckymartz.com features images of my collection of more than 11,300 banana labels.
Beckymartz.com is where I display my collection of more than 11,000 unique banana labels. I have been collecting for more than 20 years.
I first became interested in banana labels when I bought some bananas and noticed that the label on the ones already in my fruit bowl had a different country on them. One said Honduras and one said Guatemala. Then I wondered how many other country names appeared on banana labels, so I started looking at them very carefully. That year (1991) Chiquita used a sticker that said "The Perfect Stocking Stuffer." I thought that was very funny. That was the first label that I kept with the idea of keeping more. For the first few years I just had labels that I found myself. Then in 1996, one of my kids searched on the Internet and found that other people collected them, too. I was shocked---I thought I was the only person in the world who collected them. I made a few contacts online with other collectors. Then a guy in Switzerland sent me some labels and asked to trade with me. My trading expanded.......my collection grew......and one day I had 11,300 labels.
I guess all collectors see beauty in the items that they collect. I certainly see beauty in mine. I love it that some are artistic. I love it that some of them are little advertising billboards. Sometimes they even make a political statement. I think that what I love most of all about banana labels is that they are ephemeral. They are meant to be thrown away. For some reason, that makes them even more precious to me.
Becky's Banana Labels www.beckymartz.com
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