Thomas P. "Pat" Jacobsen is a historian who began collecting labels and other agricultural advertising in August 1978, and has worked continuously toward the preservation of this unique art-form ever since. He has travelled extensively along the Pacific Coast of America and throughout The West in search of labels, artifacts and information on all aspects of agricultural advertising and the western printing industry.

His travels have taken him as far as Spain, Italy, Throughout western Europe, The Netherlands, Tasmania, Australia, across Canada and throughout Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Florida and many American states seeking labels and the history of their use worldwide, and has built the largest collection of such labels currently known. He has spent nearly twenty-five years researching each agricultural region along the Pacific Coast from Salmon Arm, British Columbia to Arizona, collecting fruit and vegetable crate labels, can labels and agricultural advertising posters and recording the histories of their use. He has developed networks of thousands of collectors and interested institutions around the world and put what he has learned into exhibits, lectures, slide-shows, state and county fairs, over 100 magazine and newspaper articles (including EBAY Magazine -- July 2000), numerous books, seven television documentaries and public t.v. projects, videos, CD-ROMs and other presentations (including his 100+ page Web site www.fruitcratelabels.com.

He has appeared on television and national radio (including the CBS weekend news) and the Martha Stewart Show, and has consulted on a number of documentary film productions. His labels appear in Paramount's "Odd Couple II" movie. Pat has also been an avid seller and buyer on ebay for years and offers outstanding rarities to collectors. He has also documented in detail the histories of more than 60 Pacific Coast and western American printing and lithographic firms, hundreds of produce exporters and shippers, packing associations, marketing organizations and independent growers. He also spent many years researching the history of San Francisco's numerous lithographic companies, seeking retirees and artists who created the labels, with a special interest in the West's largest lithographer, Schmidt Lithograph Company. An historian and preservationist first, and label salesman second, he has been developing his collections, a legacy he intends to leave to posterity in one or more historical institutions. Pat received his historical training at Diablo Valley College and "on the road."

A thirty-year professional concert musician by trade, he is a lead vocalist, bassist and producer with thirty years of experience, several CDs under his belt, and is co-founder of extremeaudio.com, an Internet music company and Patco Records. Pat appears on numerous records, CDs and videos. Pat has spent his non-performing hours tracking labels in "the wild." For info on Pat's new musical group "Objects in the Mirror <click.>

His most broadly-read book is "Pat Jacobsen's Millennium Guide to Fruit Crate Labels" <Click here for more information>

His newest book is "Extra Fancy -- The Label Art of the Pacific Northwest" <Click here for more information>

Pat offers many different services to collectors and enthusiasts, through Patco Enterprises. He also buys, sells, trades and researches labels and their use on an international basis. He offers appraisals of label collections and maintains a network of hundreds of interested parties worldwide.

<Click here> to see what ebay dealers and customers have to say about working with Pat.

Feel free to contact him at: pjacobsen@fruitcratelabels.com

WHERE IS fruitcratelabels.com?

We are located in Northern California, above Sacramento, near Auburn. And, although our offices and sample files are not accessible to the public, as we have no storefront location, and are not set up to accept visitors, we can be reached several ways. Our labels are on display and for sale at several retail locations in the Northern California area. <click here> For more information. Also, on the Internet, of course, our vitals are:


Or, you may "Snail Mail" us at:

Patco Enterprises or Pat Jacobsen
P.O. Box 791
Weimar, California 95736-0791

Our Hours: Weekdays 8:00 am to 5:00 Evenings, California Time (PST)

Our phone, fax and voice mail machine number is: 530 . 637-5923 (leave message if we're not in.) Someone will call you back.

*NOTE: We prefer deliveries through the U.S. Post Office. But if you MUST use another carrier, call us first for an address for UPS or FEDEX business-to-business deliveries. I reserve the right to give out any physical address and do not accept unsolicited items on a C.O.D. basis, nor packages of unknown origin or sender.

To email us: information@fruitcratelabels.com

To hear Pat's music, visit: http://www.extremeaudio.com And look for Hasbeenwannabees"

This site is currently hosted on the servers of http://www.marketrends.net

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So, here is a test. Send me an email at this address <information> telling me you saw this label on this page, and you will find me very grateful. Please include your name and email address! {:-{D -- Pat