Vendor Tags

Vendor Tags

Vendor tags such as these from Los Angeles, California, and Vernon, New Jersey, were commonplace throughout the U.S. from World War I through the 1960s. They were issued per ordinance by county and municipal health Departments and affixed to carts, wagons, and trucks carrying foods, particularly milk and ice cream, and other commodities such as ice and carbonated beverages that were offered for sale from the vendor directly to the consumer.   

The carts, wagons, and vehicles, as well as the depots in which they were stored and serviced, along with the foods that were offered for sale, were routinely inspected for sanitation and the absence of vermin by local sanitarians.


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