This is the original site; see more about the system change.
See the new beta sites UFDC, dLOC, and the Florida Digital Newspaper Library


Chicone Logo

Welcome to the Jerry Chicone Jr. Florida Citrus Label Collection held in the P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History, George A. Smathers Library, University of Florida.

Jerry Chicone, Jr., a native of Winter Garden, Florida, learned the citrus industry working in his family's groves in the 1940s. A graduate of Orlando High School and the University of Florida, he has been a major force and advocate for Florida citrus producers his entire life, serving in Florida Citrus Mutual, the Growers Advisory Committee, the Umatilla Citrus Growers Board, and Florida's Natural Growers' Cooperative. He was inducted into the Florida Citrus Hall of Fame in 2009.

Chicone began collecting Florida citrus crate labels in 1976 and is one of the founding members of The Florida Citrus Label Collectors' Association. He is the author of Florida Citrus Labels: An Illustrated History (1996) with Brenda E. Burnette and "Florida's First Billboards," Florida Citrus Crate Labels (2014), also with Brenda E. Burnette. He donated the labels in this digital collection to the George A. Smathers Library, University of Florida, in 2014 and 2015. They represent 45 years of his dedication in locating and preserving examples of citrus industry commercial art. There are 3,000 labels from Florida in the collection as well as 122 labels from Spain.

For additional information on this collection, feel free to contact the curator, James Cusick ( Page graphics designed by Patrick Daglaris.