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John Kirchner a college professor who has had a long time interest in both tropical agriculture and transportation. He started collecting banana labels in 1970 following a period of study in Guatemala and Costa Rica, but he did not meet any fellow collectors until 1995 when the Internet opened the door.

By the end of 1970 John had 24 different banana labels, the start of a collection that today totals over 7,000 different stickers. At this point trying to scan the entire collection seems too intimidating, so he decided to samples like "My Collection in 1970" or "Some Favorites". This small selection will be changed from time to time.