Skamokawa, Wash. - Members of the Friends of Skamokawa Foundation will host a reception Saturday to unveil the newly revised version of "How Old is That Label? A Guide to Dating Salmon Labels" written by Jack Edwards.

The event takes places from 1 to 3 p.m. at Redmen Hall in Skamokawa, Wash.

The book, first published by Edwards in 1994, describes the early salmon-canning industry and the colorful, often artistic labels that the various processors developed in order to lure customers to the popular delicacy.

It includes bright color reproductions of labels from Argonaut, Pillar Rock, Recruit, Scandinavian Fisherman's, Commerce and other brands packed in Astoria and other lower Columbia canneries that operated in the late 1800s and early 1900s when the West Coast salmon industry was at its peak. It also contains a comprehensive list of canning companes in Oregon, Washington, California, Alaska and British Columbia from 1864 to the present.

The book also shares some tips on how to fix the age of certain labels, as well as some secrets of the trade, including the fact that bright red was the most common label color because it helped hide the rust that sometimes appeared on the tin cans before they were sold.

The new edition includes an introduction by Matt Winters, publisher of the Chinook Observer and longtime friend of Edwards, who died in 2002.


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