The Lindsay Museum and Gallery is now the home of more than 100 vintage orange box labels, all originating from the City of Lindsay.

The Lindsay Cultural Art Council’s board of directors decided to purchase the large collection using the money it has been saving. The collection came from a private owner, who happily passed it down to the museum so it could display a major piece of city history.

President of the board Pamela Kimball and Vice President Gary Meling gave The Recorder exclusive access to this newly acquired collection, and showcased the labels in bound books, as some of them are paper thin and extremely fragile.

“They are the genuine articles,” said Kimball. “Everything that we purchased is from Lindsay.”

The value of the labels is priceless to the Directors, and they’re excited to be able to have the labels at the museum. 

“The value of it, for us, is not the monetary value,” said Kimball. “This is Lindsay history that’s not anywhere else as a collection of Lindsay labels.”

The museum was fortunate to acquire the collection, edging out two other collectors for the labels.

“There were three big collectors of orange labels and the possibility was, if we didn’t acquire these, they may have been broken up and sold to the other collectors, which would have put them back in private hands again,” said Meling.

The museum has plans to digitize the labels and display the fully renovated copies, while keeping the originals in the safe keeping of a climate controlled room.

“We’ll have to raise money to digitize them, because they will have to be really high quality,” said Kimball. “The digitizing will include all of the information we can get from the collectors.”

Meling was keen to the fact once the labels are digitized, people will be able to take home copies of their favorite ones.

“We can print out things that people like,” said Meling. “Some of these are so paper thin. They were made to be temporary. They were never made to last 100 years.”

There are still some gaps in their collection, but the museum will be hunting for the ones that are missing and attempt to acquire as many labels as possible.

“Some of the early ones are fine art within themselves,” said Meling.

“It is actually an art collection,” Kimball added. 

Although the collection has been in the possession of the museum for roughly a month, it’s not yet out on display for the public. A chance for the community to see the collection is coming up on October 12 at the museum’s annual “Night at the Museum” event, where they will be celebrating not only the orange box labels, but also the newly installed labyrinth on the lawn of City Hall. Dinner will be served at the event, and the labels will be on display to the public. 

The Lindsay Museum and Gallery is open on Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information about the museum, visit the website at www.lindsaymuseumandgallery.org.

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