Refrigerator magnet pictures vintage crate label for Revelation apples from the John A. Eck company of Chicago.
John Eck founded his company in 1914 after having spent 43 years in sales in the produce industry working for the L. B. Smith and P.C. Wegeforth companies. From 1918 to 1928 the company was run by Eck's nephew, Henry A. Eck. In 1914 butter and eggs were added to fruit and vegetables. In 1919 the company went into boxed and barreled apples in a big way, trademarking the Revelation brand and opening a wholesale office in Los Angeles. That year Eck announced they would ship 600 acres of boxed Revelation and Siwash Buck brand apples from Washington, the majority being Jonathan, Delicious, Rome Beauty and Winesap varieties.
Something reversed Eck's success in apples, however, and by 1925 the company was in receivership after suffering a $75,000 loss in the apple market. The company never recovered and in 1928 was in receivership with assets of $45,000 and debts of $75,000.