A blight came through and killed much of the tomato crop, and in so doing made the ground unproductive for tomatoes (even today it is hard to grow tomatoes here). The blight crushed the industry, and those who survived the blight then suffered after World War II from government regulations as big farming and packaging companies took over and put the smaller farming industries out of business.
The Blue Ridge Institute and Museum in Ferrum, VA currently has a display of labels from these many companies. Each little cannery had it's own label for cans and packing crates. These labels are all from my little part of the world.
|The labels were very colorful and unique.|
|Each farmer created his own design and brand.|
|Many of these family names can still be found in the area today.|
|The labels described the product as "mountain grown"|
or used some other descriptive advertisement.
|This explains how the canneries grew and then collapsed.|
|Farmers also grew and canned apples, sweet potatoes, and|
other fruits and vegetables.
|This is what a cannery looked like. Many of these old buildings can still be found in the area.|
|These labels were used on packing crates.|
|A tree of cans with the labels still attached. Each one is different.|
|Three local cans from my community.|
|The collection is on display courtesy of Mr. Charlie Woods, who has generously donated his collection|
to the Blue Ridge Institute.
|Many of the labels were made in nearby Bedford by the Piedmont Label Company. It is|
still in business under another name.