Diary - Archive 2002
December 31, 2002.
Shortly before the end of the year I am very pleased to announce you
that I got my 1000th label from Friedrich-W. Kunze of Mölln.
Without ships the banana had never reached such a wide public as today.
First with the introduction of the
refrigerator ship, in the beginning of the 20th century, bananas
could be shipped from Central- or South America without a large loss.
In the info-section of La Banana you will find now also a little
history of banana transports.
I wish you a happy new year.
Trader Sheets updated
December 27, 2002.
Unfortunately - because of the preparations for christmas - I havn't
found any time to scan all my new labels. But instead of it you will get
an update of the
with many new traders. Have a look a it -
perhaps you will find something to complete your collection.
November 18, 2002. The last entry in this diary is now one and a half month ago, so it is time to go on. But not to write doesn't means that my collection isn't growing. Quite the reverse the collection was growing considerable and so my new trading partner Martin Pluhar was able to contribute the 900th label on November 9. I would have never expected to get so many labels this year. Also the 1000th label is set out on the way to me.
New collectors from England
At this point it's my pleasure to introduce you to two new collectors:
Labels from Belbana and Dole
Many thanks to Belbana in Belgium,
In the end of September they had kindly gave some of their labels to me.
Of course I had also updated my traders.
Have a look on the
where you will find 30 new traders.
Fruit labels for trading
September 29, 2002.
you will find now 2 sheets with fruit labels. For myself I'm not
a collector of fruit labels but a have a couple of them for trading
against banana labels.
Although there are 4 more new La Banana labels with pictures from our budgies. You can see the complete series by the other La Banana Labels.
Today my collection contains 830 labels.
September 10, 2002.
This month trading starts with Ian Warren,
Xavier Heyte, Gerri Lorenzo,
Klement Cepon and Günther Hofmair.
Within August Joan Weinmayr extended my collection with
10 new labels, what makes me very happy.
Trading with Xavier Heyte,
Becky Martz and Klement Cepon
also let the collection grow.
August 5, 2002. With all the "unscanned" labels, many new traders and new labels from you friends, there was to clear a big backlog. I had to scan 65 label! But now this work is done and here is the update with many new traders.
Well, now I have to credit Peter Birkendahl
co op Schleswig-Holstein e.G..
Because of my inquiry (which he responds very kindly),
he obtained some different labels for me, amongst them 3 new ones
and an original Chiquita sheet (with LBLC #0291).
Back from our vacation
July 22, 2002.
Only one new label was found at our vacation, the Creolita Ecuador
(LBLC #0737), but therefore many new traders were added.
Letters came from Alfer,
Chris Crowcour and
Joan Weinmayr. Chris and
Joan sent me some labels just for free. Many Thanks to them.
Some day I will reciprocate your kindness.
June 21, 2002.
This month I got many new labels, among others from
Jochen Ebert, Ian Warren
and Xavier Heyte. Within Xaviers 11 new
labels was my 700th label, the red Onkel Tuca
A short time before we went on our vacation, a letter from Melissa's arrived.
Two new labels for the collection, two for the traders.
May 30, 2002. This NaNina sticker shows my niece Nina Göller. Her Daddy designed this private "promo label" especially for La Banana.
Emerson Nichols from the USA and Peter Niessen from Spain are new trading partners. This time, more new labels are from Elvis Velez und Becky Martz and others.
Very special thanks goes to Uniban, the leading columbian banana and plantain exporter. Also, they are producing self adhesive labels and stickers for the banana industry. They sent me many labels from different companies. Not least owing to Uniban the collection contains 688 labels.
Thanks for your mails about the asian label with the red characters.
It is the Great Emperor, an ecuadorian label used for bananas exported to
Many thanks to all of you.
Do you know this Label?
May 12, 2002. From Bill Wykle I got this yellow label with red asian characters, perhaps from China or Taiwan. Who knows any details about it? Which brand is it? What's the meaning of the characters? From which country does it come? I will be thankful for all of your hints.
In the meantime, my collection now consists of 661 labels. The new labels are from Klement Cepon, Michael Ebnet-Feit, Xavier Heyte, Bill Wykle and Fran Wolotko. Thank you very much for the trades!
NEW! For those who have a Highspeed-Internet connection, the
traders are now available on only 3 separate sheets in the
Every sheet has an aproximate size of 180 kB.
April 24, 2002. Hurrah!!! Now I have 600 labels.
Britta Helfrich and her friends spent their
holidays in the Fyffes-country Ireland. She brought back
nearly 50 labels, five of them are new for my collection -
including No. 600, the
Banarica Costa Rica. All the others are for trade.
Many thanks for the labels!
April 17, 2002. A very special thank you
goes to John Kirchner in the USA.
The 19 new labels from John are a big step for me to reach
to the 600th label.
April 5, 2002. From Joan Weinmayr
I received 17 new labels. Among them, my 500th,
the Eat 5 A Day #4011.
More new Trading Partners
March 19. - 29, 2002.
I gained new trading partners. From
England, Ian Warren and
Chris Crawcour; from the Czech Republic,
Milos Krasa; and - from Ecuador -
Elvis Velez, who enlarges my collection with
28 new labels. Thank You!
And thank you to the Queensland Fruit & Vegetable Growers
(Australian Bananas) in Australia. They sent me some labels -
including the Red Tip (LBLC #0490).
March 17, 2002. I received a letter with 21 more new labels from Becky Martz from Houston/Texas. Enclosed was the Finca Mundo Nuevo "Tuxtepec Mexico", which became the 400th label of my collection. I received 13 labels from my new trading partner Roman Bürkle, a generous first trade. Gerri Lorenzo contributes the Petizo Banana Ecuador (LBLC #0414), until now the latest label of my collection.
The 400th jubilee label is on its way to Becky by snail mail.
New Trading partners
March 8, 2002. Many thanks to Fran Wolotko from
Canada. With his 30 more new labels for my collection, I now have
added 370 labels.
The Website is Online
February 28, 2002. After several weeks of hard work
and a lot of late nights, the homepage is now online.
I'm looking forward to your comments and suggestions. If you have any problems in
viewing the pages, please send a mail to the
Also, feel free to enter my guestbook.
And now, have fun
with La Banana.
February 23, 2002. This morning I received a
letter from Bill Wykle. More than 40 labels, and
32 of them are new for my collection. So I now have 335 banana labels
and I hope the number continues to grow.
February 20, 2002. With the Burro Banana #4229 from Frieda's my collection contains (after one year of collecting) already 300 labels. When I began in February last year, I couldn't have imagined that would I have this many labels only a year later. I got the jubilee label directly from Frieda's in Los Alamitos/U.S.A., which kindly donated some labels to me. Many thanks also to Marco Sillus from Los Angeles, who sent an self-adressed envelope to Frieda's and then - immediately after getting the labels - sent them to me in Germany. Marco, I'm looking forward to receiving the labels you will gather in May on your roadtrip across four U.S. states.
And for even more fun, the contributor or trader that completes
my next set of 100 new labels will get an exclusive jubilee label.