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Photo: Packing Shed At St. Elmo, Missouri, With Refrigerator Cars


Bob Chaparro
 

Photo: Packing Shed At St. Elmo, Missouri, With Refrigerator Cars

This is a link to a 1902 photo from the Missouri State Digital Collections:

https://digitalcollections.missouristate.edu/digital/collection/Fruitful/id/83/rec/293

Use the Expand box in the upper right hand corner of the photo to enlarge it and scroll to enlarger it further. This is a very clear photo but it's a bit dark. The identities of the refrigerator cars cannot be determined.

Notice the advertisement on the car nearest to the camera. It is for Ruddock, Trench & Company, a Los Angeles and Riverside, CA, orange shipper. I found several crate labels for that company:

https://oac.cdlib.org/ark:/13030/kt5j49r28n/?brand=oac4

https://oac.cdlib.org/ark:/13030/kt4v19r0v4/?brand=oac4

https://witherells.com/lot/fruit-label-bouquet-brand-by-ruddock-trench-co-california-3958623

https://witherells.com/lot/fruit-label-snowball-brand-oranges-by-ruddock-trench-and-co-of-california-3958728

There is some evidence that the company's Riverside packing house was served by the Southern Pacific.

Bob Chaparro

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