Hand-painted sketches, Lehmann Label and Lithography Company, San Francisco. Private Collection, Oakland, California (2013)

High-resolution photography in preparation for collection sale. Lehmann Printing & Lithograph Company of San Francisco, founded in 1911, was one of the largest manufacturers of labels in the world. Labels were created individually for product containers by Lehmann’s permanent staff of artists who provided the illustrations, hand lettering, and designs. The sketches in this collection are hand painted in gouache by an unknown artist, are from 1920–1930 and are sized to fit the bottle, jar or can. The 2014 42-line calendar features high-resolution details of these sketches.www.42-line.com/calendar. The collection is now in the Letterform Archive in San Francisco. 42-line is producing a book on the label sketches.

Right, and below its detail, Loganberry Punch Syrup, H.S. Gile & Co., Salem, Oregon. Label size: 4 3/4 × 3 1/8 inches. Lower right, and below its detail, Ohio State Ginger Ale, The Ohio State Bottling Co., Cleveland, Ohio. Label sizes:
4 1/2 × 3 1/8 inches; neck label, 1 × 3 inches.