Banana Colors & The Int’l Banana Club’s Lost Appeal

The International Banana Club has been a fixture of California for 38 years, where it holds the largest collection dedicated to a single fruit, or in our case, a single color: banana yellow. And in honor of the closure-turned-relocation of  this goofy icon we’re spreading a little banana color love.

Banana Color Love


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The International Banana Club

Inside you will find the world’s largest collection of banana related items, maintained at the same site in Altadena, CA since 1976, and moved to Hesperia, CA in 2006 and currently moving to Hwy 11 just south of Palm Springs. (Look for our Grand Re-Opening in January 2011!) The majority of the 17,000 plus contributions have been donated and sent by the members of the club! The Banana Club Museum is now listed in the Guiness Book Of World Records as the the “WORLDS LARGEST COLLECTION devoted to any one fruit! In fact, the Golden Anniversary Book (out in 2004) features the collection and club. This really is a funny place. – International Banana Club

Excerpt from “In California, the Banana Museum Has Lost Its Appeal” from WSJ:

Over the past 38 years, Mr. Bannister has collected more than 17,000 banana-themed artifacts. He is the founder of the International Banana Club and Museum in Hesperia, Calif., in the High Desert northeast of Los Angeles.

On Jan. 8, he received a letter from the Hesperia Recreation & Parks District informing him the banana collection must go, because the district wants to bring in new blood to the city-owned space. It will be replaced by artifacts collected by the late John Swisher, a local historian.

“I guess it’s time to split,” he says

It all began in 1972, when Mr. Bannister worked as the president of a photo-equipment manufacturing company. As a joke, a secretary handed him 10,000 Chiquita banana stickers to distribute at a manufacturers conference. She received them from her husband, a stevedore, and they were an instant hit at the conference.

Friends started sending in banana merchandise, which quickly crammed Mr. Bannister’s office. Soon thereafter, he opened his museum in Altadena, Calif., where it stayed until it moved 80 miles to its current Hesperia location in 2005. Most of the items are sent in from fans who hear about the collection. – WSJ

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Author: evad
David Sommers has been loving color as COLOURlovers' Blog Editor-in-Chief for the past two years. When he's not neck deep in a rainbow he's loving other things with The Post Family (http://thepostfamily.com/), a Chicago-based art blog, artist collective & gallery.