Week 5 B -Graphics, Typography & Package Design

Week Ten Graphics, Typography & Package Design

5. Labels, & Advertising Ephemera

5.4. Lobster Labels, William Crichlow Harris, Prince Edward Island, c.late 19th Century

Whimsical Labels, Designed by an Architect

" Prior to the 1860s the only way to get lobster to market was as a live catch. The crustacean defied pickling or drying-the only methods of food preservation.

The first known cannery on Prince Edward Island opened around 1858. By 1871 there were only two canneries on the whole island...ten yars latere thanks to the lobster fishery, the number of canneries had exploded to over 100.
Many of the more whimsical lobster labels were designed by William Crichlow Harris, who was also a well respected architect. In the 20th century, lobster labels grew more serious in tone.