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that's ME...the last Sun-Maid Raisin Girl

Updated on September 18, 2016

The story and events ~

The TRUE short story of how this all came about...that I'm featured on the Sun-Maid Raisin Box since 1970.

When people learn about me and this image...they say, "Wow you are famous!" and I reply, no I'm not famous but the image is world renowned. I'm not known as the first Sun-Maid raisin girl from 1915...however, I am the 1970 updated published version. This is just something that came into my path many years ago, and no matter what, I can proudly say, "Yes, that Is Me" on the box now.

Note ~ Scraper Protection: Please Help STOP webpage theft...If you see this personal story page anywhere else on the Internet as a webpage besides here...Contact me...Thank You ~ Delia Pacheco

15 years old here
15 years old here

Being featured on the Sun-Maid Raisin Box

a look into the past...

Around 1960-61 I worked for Fiberboard Paper Products in San Francisco. One day I was called to the art department, and because I had an interest in getting into the art department, I thought they wanted to find out about my art interests...so I went.

The artist asked me for a favor, and that was to hold a tray so he could draw my hands...thinking nothing of this since I was a freelance model. I volunteered and held the tray...the artist sketched the image and was telling me about the changes being made to the Sun-Maid image and the package. They were modernizing it, "more importantly, it was to be kept with the same recognizable pose."

Some of my co-workers started calling me the raisin-gal...I thought it was funny. So when I went back to the art department, I saw the painting, and to my surprise it looked like me!

After leaving Fiberboard to pursue my Modeling, I never saw the image for years. Then one day in 1970 my mother called and said, I was at the store and saw the Sun-Maid package and your picture was on it! Well of course I had to go buy a box.

1965
1965

For years I had talked about it, wondering if the Sun-Maid company knew about me. So when I got a computer I emailed them, asking if they knew about me. All I got back was a reply saying, "thank you for offering to pose for the box, we have an image that will be there for a while!" I actually had to laugh!

In 1999 the local newspaper did a story on the Sun-Maid image and me, this from the result of an article about collecting SM items. I had asked not to publish their answer to me, but instead it was published.

The local reporter contacted me in regards of this question and answer, asking to do a story. I said no, but she responded it would be a short article and interesting. When the reporter called the SM Company they replied that no one there ever heard of me. Now that made me feel foolish, Why on earth would I claim such a thing? Being made to feel like I was making up a story, I felt very unsettled. Determined to get things straightened out, I contacted Sun-Maid Growers of California and told them my story, they replied with a call and some mail information for my curiosity.

As time went by we did phone tags and emails, then one day I was invited to Kingsburg (near Fresno) to meet with the President of the company. My husband and I made the journey February 2006, we had a wonderful meeting and after much research they welcomed me as the image on the box.

It's a good feeling to know I have resolved something I thought and talked about for many years...it's a good thing to have closure.

Although the image has changed with the times, the Sun-Maid trademark design has always been based on the original pose by Lorraine Collett Petersen 1915.


SunMaid products - try all of those wonderful flavored Raisins, especially the Chocolate covered ones, all at Amazon

Fall Favorites with Sun-Maid & Dried Fruit
Fall Favorites with Sun-Maid & Dried Fruit

I love these old fashion recipes

 

My husband Al, Gary Marshburn, me, Company President Barry Kriebel...

Al, Gary Marshburn, me, Company President Barry Kriebel...
Al, Gary Marshburn, me, Company President Barry Kriebel...
the gift of an old box
the gift of an old box

Sharing a short story about an old box...

What a nice thing to do...

Several years ago we drove back to California for a vacation. Then on our way back we stopped in a small mining town in Colorado, visiting an Antique shop...there I found an old Sun-Maid raisin box that for many years I have been looking for. This box had the image of Ms.Peterson from a long time ago... asking how much the small box was, I was informed it was Not For Sale, just on display...I told him the story of how I looked for this image before mine was on the box. I requested, if he ever finds another one to let me know.

About a year later I received a small package, in it was the box I had looked at in the Colorado Antique Store, with a note inside explaining, "this really belongs to you." I was so thrilled with this kind gesture, not even knowing this man...so indeed I am very grateful to him for this gift.

What a nice thing to do!

Violet Oliver (Geissinger)
Violet Oliver (Geissinger)

Girl on a Calendar

Violet Oliver (Geissinger) story, incuding her baseball star husband Earl Whitehill

A nice gentleman named Gary Neveln contacted me on Facebook, he is related as a distant cousin to the baseball player Earl Whitehill who married the Sunmaid Girl on the calendar, Violet Oliver (Geissinger)

He sent me the following link to the story of Earl and Violet.

Ads and Posters of the Past - Featuring Sun-Maid maidens

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Here are Art Versions - of the maiden

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These are paintings in the Fresno, Ca. Sun-Maid OfficeThis is the original painting I posed for, it's in the office of the SM PlantMaybe this is what the original Sun-Maid girl looked like!Or a Gypsy...A plumper version...On Tapestry...cross stitching used for image advertisementMaking a statement?Hmmmm!a 1920 Sun-Maid image...I don't know who she is
These are paintings in the Fresno, Ca. Sun-Maid Office
These are paintings in the Fresno, Ca. Sun-Maid Office
This is the original painting I posed for, it's in the office of the SM Plant
This is the original painting I posed for, it's in the office of the SM Plant
Maybe this is what the original Sun-Maid girl looked like!
Maybe this is what the original Sun-Maid girl looked like!
Or a Gypsy...
Or a Gypsy...
A plumper version...
A plumper version...
On Tapestry...
On Tapestry...
cross stitching used for image advertisement
cross stitching used for image advertisement
Making a statement?
Making a statement?
Hmmmm!
Hmmmm!
a 1920 Sun-Maid image...I don't know who she is
a 1920 Sun-Maid image...I don't know who she is

My Personal Collection - of SM items

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Sun-Maid Tin Sign largeSun-Maid cupSun-Maid CookbookSun-Maid Playing Cards rareSun-Maid large TinSun-Maid Raisin Play BookSun-Maid small TinSun-Maid old small box (the gift mentioned in a module above)Sun-Maid baseball capSun-Maid pen given to me by the President of the company...it's really nice with the Sun-Maid on the top of the penMy new find... Coin 2013 Sun•maid Troy Ounce .999 Fine Silver
Sun-Maid Tin Sign large
Sun-Maid Tin Sign large
Sun-Maid cup
Sun-Maid cup
Sun-Maid Cookbook
Sun-Maid Cookbook
Sun-Maid Playing Cards rare
Sun-Maid Playing Cards rare
Sun-Maid large Tin
Sun-Maid large Tin
Sun-Maid Raisin Play Book
Sun-Maid Raisin Play Book
Sun-Maid small Tin
Sun-Maid small Tin
Sun-Maid old small box (the gift mentioned in a module above)
Sun-Maid old small box (the gift mentioned in a module above)
Sun-Maid baseball cap
Sun-Maid baseball cap
Sun-Maid pen given to me by the President of the company...it's really nice with the Sun-Maid on the top of the pen
Sun-Maid pen given to me by the President of the company...it's really nice with the Sun-Maid on the top of the pen
My new find... Coin 2013 Sun•maid Troy Ounce .999 Fine Silver
My new find... Coin 2013 Sun•maid Troy Ounce .999 Fine Silver

My Sun-Maid finds... - Vehicle Banks

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1989 Sun-Maid Bread Truck1937 Sun-Maid TruckOld Fashion Sun-Maid Truck1957 Chevy Sun-Maid carFinally got a golf ball from ebay. right here in WI.
1989 Sun-Maid Bread Truck
1989 Sun-Maid Bread Truck | Source
1937 Sun-Maid Truck
1937 Sun-Maid Truck | Source
Old Fashion Sun-Maid Truck
Old Fashion Sun-Maid Truck | Source
1957 Chevy Sun-Maid car
1957 Chevy Sun-Maid car | Source
Finally got a golf ball from ebay. right here in WI.
Finally got a golf ball from ebay. right here in WI. | Source
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Madame Alexander Sun-Maid DollAdvertisment dollTinred cap1987 Sun-Maid Bank on ebaythis one really has to be cheap and last on my list...Train
Madame Alexander Sun-Maid Doll
Madame Alexander Sun-Maid Doll
Advertisment doll
Advertisment doll
Tin
Tin
red cap
red cap
1987 Sun-Maid Bank on ebaythis one really has to be cheap and last on my list...
1987 Sun-Maid Bank on ebay this one really has to be cheap and last on my list...
Train
Train

Items out there I'd like for my collection:


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Let me know if you run across items with my image on it... like a lunch box, dolls, postcards, or any other unusual items that are reasonably priced.....Please contact me.



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The Original Sun-Maid Girl 1915

Blast from the Past ~ Funny or Fun to look at!

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House of Wheels car show 1961 Oakland, CaliforniaCan you believe it!You can really laugh at this one!When I worked for Shaklee, a cleaning product...a Genie? 1966-67 Hayward, CaliforniaA nail polish and lipstick ad for Shaklee brochure
House of Wheels car show 1961 Oakland, California
House of Wheels car show 1961 Oakland, California
Can you believe it!
Can you believe it!
You can really laugh at this one!
You can really laugh at this one!
When I worked for Shaklee, a cleaning product...a Genie? 1966-67 Hayward, California
When I worked for Shaklee, a cleaning product...a Genie? 1966-67 Hayward, California
A nail polish and lipstick ad for Shaklee brochure
A nail polish and lipstick ad for Shaklee brochure

Older Modeling ads and photo - Libby's Fruit Cocktail and My Hand

Around 13 years old in San Francisco Cal.
Around 13 years old in San Francisco Cal. | Source

One of my first commercial modeling

For many, many years I looked for this Libby's Fruit Cocktail ad. When I posed for this ad my age was around 13 and living in San Francisco. This memory will always stay with me, because coming home on a streetcar I started to feel faint and almost passed out, when a woman saw me and asked if I needed help. She actually got off with me, which was the regular stop in front of our apartment...she helped me to the door and then got back on, all the while the streetcar driver waited...I'll never forget that!

I actually found this ad in a Wisconsin Antique Store...does that mean I'm an antique?

Northern California New Homes Magazine - on the cover

My first child was just born when I modeled for this...Northern California New Homes assignments were one of my favorite places to model, I had done quite a few for them. I enjoyed working with the photographer DelCarlo from San Jose "DelCarlo Photography"

New Homes - another one for the California Magazine

childhood modeling
childhood modeling

Images of my earlier modeling days

some good ~ some bad

I modeled off and on since childhood and some of these photos now seem a bit weird to look at, the hair and the cloths...interestingly enough it's all coming back, but not for me! Been there done that!

I wish I had all my modeling photo composites, but I lost them over the years from moving so many times.

Some of the photos on the right are just a few that bring back memories modeling years ago. Maybe I will get the courage to post more in the near future.

A Blast from the Past are the funny ones...

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100th Anniversary Recipe Book

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Download a FREE E-reader or a PDF book Sun-Maid Anniversary eBook download

The 100th Anniversary Book pertains to history of the Sun-Maid, also answers to all your questions about the growing, producing and the marketing of raisins and dried fruits.

1919 Ad Children's Bread Sun-Maid Raisins Girl Bunnies - Original Print Ad
1919 Ad Children's Bread Sun-Maid Raisins Girl Bunnies - Original Print Ad

they use to advertise in books a great deal...but then they didn't have the electronics to advertise so it's neat to see these old ads

 
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Sunmaiden Commercial Controversy?

why!?

Because of the re-energized controversy about the Sun-Maid Raisin girl in the commercials, I have had inquiries about the image change...quite frankly I would not know of a change, the only change I'm aware of is the Hollywood-tized maiden selling grapes in a commercial. Unfortunately there are some people out there that don't like the change...I find it interesting since the commercials have been out for a couple of years (see below April 23, 2006).

When a new commercial was released this controversy started again. Personally I think it's just a meaningless argument and more about opinions. There are those that have a problem with an identifiable product image and change, be it Coca-Cola or any other identifiable product.

I think the girl in the commercial is cute although a bit Julia Roberts, but hey, it's a new image of an old gal (oops that would be me!)

What bothers me more then anything else, is when someone makes a comment that is downright rude, crude and vulgar...really, there's no need for that, after all it's an animated image! There are way too many problems in the world that need to be taken care of and worried about then have a controversy about the Sun-Maid image. The good thing that will come out of this controversy, is that Sun-Maid will be selling a lot more products.

OK, I'll stop with the sermon...all this is just my opinion.

What you are is God's gift to you, what you do with yourself is your gift to God: Danish Proverb

Created 11/29/2006

My personal stories and writings, including my images are protected by the Copyrights Law....All Rights Reserved: Delia Pacheco

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      GalaxyRat 2 months ago from The Crazy Rat Lady's House

      Nice article! My Rat Templeton loves eating raisns, LOL.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Interesting article. We have a lot of interesting people on HP if you get to know their stories. Enjoyed the read!

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      Jane Ramona Rynkiewicz Frieman 2 years ago from Morris County, New Jersey

      Amazing! I am in awe! I have a memory when the Sun Maid's image was changed to yours! You are right; it was in 1970. I never dreamed I would be writing this to you. Fantastic article!

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      me 2 years ago

      Jerry Winters told me that he painted that image for the logo. He owns the Winters Fine Art Gallery in Carmel on Ocean Ave.

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      Zienna1 3 years ago

      Wow! It's amazing to finally see the real person in the box and let alone typing a message to you is so awesome. I can still remember the days I used to ask my dad if it's a real person or just a drawing. I love eating those raisins and played with those little boxes. Thank you for sharing. And yes, I believe you. There's always people behind a great trademark and a great story.

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      Monica Lobenstein 3 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      This is a VERY cool story! Thanks for telling it. What a fun claim to fame, and I'm so glad you were able to get "recognized" by the Sun-Maid company.

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      Colin323 3 years ago

      What a great story! And a well-deserved Purple Star for this interesting lens

      I must try to get my face on a box of rheumatism pills!

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      Robert Connor 3 years ago from Michigan

      Neat story and the girls love raisins haha.

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      jmchaconne 3 years ago

      Your lenses are some of the most fascinating I've read. You're on my reading list, and it's preventing me from writing! lol

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      tfsherman lm 3 years ago

      Interesting story. You just never know, do you?

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      What a wonderful read and story, I'm glad that you finally got it settled. You are Famous!!! I'm going out to buy some rasins now!!

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      gottaloveit2 3 years ago

      What a wonderful story. Loved it. I had no doubt that was you on the Sunmaid raisin box!

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      VioletteRose LM 3 years ago

      Really nice lens, I enjoyed reading this!

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      Takkhis 3 years ago

      Do you know that your lenses surprise me always? Yes, they do. I just knew something from you, well you are great and I think your personality is very good. I love it!

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      PaynesGrey 3 years ago

      What a lovely lens, I will never look at a box of raisins the same way again!

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      Lynn Klobuchar 3 years ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota

      Amazing!

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      sierradawn lm 3 years ago

      It seems that I am out of squidlikes for the day, I will be back tomorrow when I get my new allowance.

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      sierradawn lm 3 years ago

      Congrats on your purple star for this story! It most definitely is a purple star story!

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      sierradawn lm 3 years ago

      This is such a fascinating story! How great that you never gave up on your quest and finally got those guys to do the research and acknowledge you!

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      Itaya Lightbourne 3 years ago from Topeka, KS

      I love that I'm getting to comment on someone's article that is famous!! I hope they compensated you for using your image but from what I gathered, they didn't. That's a shame. At least they acknowledged that it is you on the box! Love this story. :)

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      mel-kav 3 years ago

      Wow - what a great story!!! I love it!!!

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      That's a really cool claim to fame!

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      imagelist lm 3 years ago

      Cool...interesting content...

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      Boyd Carter 3 years ago

      Thank you for a unique perspective on your life. I especially like the quote at the very end: "What you are is God's gift to you, what you do with yourself is your gift to God: Danish Proverb". You've done well. This is a lens that truly tells a story and deserves the purple star.

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      Leroy J Dayhoff 3 years ago from Scottsboro, AL

      What a great story! Things were sure different back in the day I guess. You sure they don't owe you some money? haha

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      AlexBPearl 3 years ago

      Great!

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      WinWriter 3 years ago

      This is so interesting. Thank you for sharing your story with us. I feel like I know you :)

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      DebMartin 3 years ago

      Your 15-minutes of fame turned out to be a lot more than 15 minutes. Very cool.

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      LluviaDeArte 3 years ago

      How neat. I was just reading your interview, and thinking what a beautiful face you have now.This is a very charming lovely lens. Thank you for writing it. You are famous.

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      Rob Hemphill 3 years ago from Ireland

      What a lovely story, I'll think of you now every time I see a pack of Sun-Maid Raisins!

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      GabrielaFargasch 3 years ago

      This is so awesome!! I remember 'you'! :) I loved eating raisins out of the cute box when I was just a few years old!

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      Denise McGill 3 years ago from Fresno CA

      That is such a cool article. I loved it. I live here in Fresno and being in the Sunmaid area, I will keep my eyes pealed for any Sunmaid items of interest. "smile". Nice lens.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      What a cool story! Thanks for sharing this very interesting information!

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      PlumberJorge 3 years ago

      Nice! I never knew they used real people as sun maid girls back then. :)

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      Corrinna Johnson 3 years ago from BC, Canada

      What a cool story! I loved reading how you came to be the Sun Maid girl!

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      CrazyHomemaker 4 years ago

      Wow! That is so cool! You have a really interesting life!

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      L. Olson 4 years ago from Northern Arizona

      How cool is that! I feel like I have met an old friend! I remember using the empty boxes as toys, making little houses, etc out of them. Great story and article!

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      Delia 4 years ago

      @amosvee: Wouldn't that be interesting! There usually is a story behind all label or ad painted images...

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      amosvee 4 years ago

      What a great story. Wouldn't it be fun to find the Land-O-Lakes butter model and other iconic images and form a very exclusive club? Nice lens.

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      LoriBeninger 4 years ago

      Great lens and great story. You are still a beautiful woman, too!

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      Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

      This is so cool!

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      LornsA178 4 years ago

      I never thought that a Sun-Maid raisin box image has a story. It was a very nice story indeed. You are so beautiful, Thanks for sharing!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      VERY cool story. Godbless you d-artist:)

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      sherry9459 4 years ago

      its really good to see u ... whoaa i m commenting on a star's post ...

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      Teddi14 LM 4 years ago

      I just loved reading this story. So much that I remembered you when I saw this today. http://judyspostcardsplus.blogspot.com/2010/02/sun...

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      Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

      Fascinating story. You really are a part of American history.

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      C A Chancellor 4 years ago from US/TN

      That's such an amazing story! I never thought about someone actually posing for the Sun-Maid drawing. Thanks for sharing your experience. :-)

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      sikiriki 4 years ago

      It is amazing I enjoyed very much in this story: -)

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      LorLinda 4 years ago from Denver Colorado

      I was amazed too about that Raisin Girl picture being you how awesome is that you will always be famous. Your still beautiful!

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      Carpenter76 4 years ago

      How cool is that :D There aren't many people that can say they are the Raisin Girl lol

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      Nadooa 4 years ago

      Wow I never knew that the image was based on a real person... always thought it was an image someone dreamed up.. Thank you for sharing this with us :)

      Also thank you for your comments and like on my lenses!

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      Cynthia Davis 4 years ago from Pittsburgh

      I'll always think of you now whenever I see Sunmaid raisins in the store. If I come across anything related I'll be sure and contact you.

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      Sweetbunny LM 4 years ago

      Wonderful lens and story, happy you received recognition for your image! And thanks for stopping by!

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      Fantastic story

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      prostech 4 years ago

      Great story! Thanks for sharing!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I had almost everyone in the house gathered around to look at the pictures. It's a great account!

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      Melanie Wilcox 4 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      awe This is awesome. I just randomly stumbled upon this lens. I saw the word "artist" in your username and clicked. What a surprise. You're an icon! :) eheheh I read the lens thoroughly, and I really enjoyed it. Thank you for taking the time to write and share this story. :)

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      I actually saw this a couple of weeks ago on my phone when I was browsing and forgot to come in here on my computer. Coolest bio ever ;) What a great story.

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      Lynda Makara 4 years ago from California

      This is a fantastic story! I'm glad you finally got recognition as the Sun Maid Raisin girl. Angel blessings.

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      Deborah Swain 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Have always loved this lens...dropping by again to sprinkle some blessings!

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      Louidam1 LM 4 years ago

      Wow how awesome! Now when I eat a pack of raisin I'll be thinking of you. Thanks for sure your story and I'll be sharing it with my family as well! Blessed!

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      This was a fascinating story! I loved hearing it. Also - I have to say - it's inspiring meeting someone as gracious about the entire thing as you have been. You are beautiful inside AND out! :) Squid blessed! XOXO, Kath

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      momsfunny 4 years ago

      Wow! That must be a wonderful experience. I enjoyed your story and I'm hoping you find more items to add to your collection. See you around!

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      Chris-H LM 4 years ago

      I loved reading your story and am glad you were able to get things straightened out. They were probably worried that the proper release forms hadn't been signed or something years ago.

      Years ago I discovered that I was featured (briefly) on a museum film getting my college diploma. I remembered vaguely there being cameras at the time. Evidently some time later they were doing a film on the culture in the area and the college submitted that clip. Funny that for years people had been watching me walk across the stage with my silly grin.

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      Vicki Green 4 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      What a great story and I love your collection of Sun-maid memorabilia!

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      Kimberley Vico 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this very interesting story - great lens!

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      Kim 4 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      Well Pleased to meet you & Great lens! I'm going to add it to (well for now at least) my favorite Lenses lens

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      Stuwaha 4 years ago

      This is one of the best lenses I've ever come across on this site :)

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      LorLinda 4 years ago from Denver Colorado

      That's awesome good for you!

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      Bonfire Designs 4 years ago

      I love, love this lens and your story - thanks for sharing!

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      Elastara 4 years ago

      Great lens on Raisin Gal :). Gee! I finally know the story behind the Sun-Maid cause Sun-Maid is one of my favorite quick snack I bring around with me for oversea trips or outing. Thanks for sharing the story of how you became the Famous Raisin Girl :)!

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      pigwear 4 years ago

      Wonderful lens...great to read a "real" story here on Squidoo.

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      Evelyn Saenz 4 years ago from Royalton

      I have read hundreds of lenses but this is one that I could never forget. Just dropped by to bless it again. Thank you for sharing the story of how you came to be the Raisin Girl.

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      How thrilling. I read another one of your lenses a while ago, but I was passing by again and saw this. I just had to come and read it.

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      Dawn Romine 4 years ago from Nebraska

      What a wonderful legacy and story. I enjoyed getting to know you.

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      Michael Oksa 4 years ago

      What a wonderful, wonderful lens! Great story, it made my day. :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      You know, I never thought about the image on the box until now. It is very interesting to know there is a real person behind the image. Nice to meet you.

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      rainbowbutterfl1 4 years ago

      Never thought that I will have this chance to virtually meet the beautiful girl on the raisin box . Sun maid raisins are very popular in the Philippines .

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      KaraAshton 4 years ago

      That's a really great story to pass down to the grandkids and an interesting lens to read. I hope you find all the items you're looking for. Blessed.

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      Pam Irie 4 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I just had to come back and bless this lens. Loved reading it again. Charming story!

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      TACTCI LM 4 years ago

      Wow, amazing! My pleasure to meet you! :)

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      Maria Burgess 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      What a unique honor! I hope they gave you a fat check for this, honestly, it's only fair. This story was great and I am so glad you shared it with us!

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      MiaMusement 4 years ago

      What a cool story! I especially enjoyed that the CO antiques dealer sent you the old box; that's so sweet. And, good on you for sticking with proving your tie to the image!

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      audrey07 4 years ago

      I always buy those small boxes of Sun Maid raisins for my son to eat. I will have to take a closer look at the box now!

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      Tom Maybrier 4 years ago

      Amazing story! I will never look at the box in quite the same way!

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      hungry-deer 4 years ago

      :) It must be a very nice memory to have and story to share. No wonder they choose you as you are very beautiful woman. I love the dresses on your second photo too.

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      chas65 4 years ago

      Loved the story and will keep on the lookout for anythin. Being in the antiques business for years and still playing at it, will take a photo and drop you a note if i see something with your image on it.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      This is really amazing and pretty cool! I am glad you were finally able to verify it with the company and be acknowledged as the model. It is rather crazy that you had to wait so long, and go through so much just to get assurance.

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      Hurlserv 4 years ago

      I wandered by to say thank you for liking my writing books lens. I was quickly captivated by your Sun-Maid and "castle" lenses. There really aren't too many people who can say their image is featured on a raisin box. It is a singular honor. Thanks for liking my lens and, additionally, providing a pleasurable side trip.

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      BlogAustralia 4 years ago

      lucky you :) I love the story and the illustration to :)

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      Well, you ARE famous. And you have a pretty impressive story to share with friends and just everybody. Nice to meet you, Raisin Gal;)

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      AllThingsPotter 4 years ago

      What a great story.

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      greentiger11 4 years ago

      Thats pretty cool!

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      RuralFloridaLiving 4 years ago

      What an interesting story! Glad I stopped by.

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      Edita 4 years ago from Auckland NZ

      Beautiful story....awesome. :-)

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      ScottMckinzie 4 years ago

      WOW, you were in my lunch box for many years!!!:) AWESOME and interesting story, thanks for sharing...:)

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      mouse1996 lm 4 years ago

      Such a cool and interesting story. How cool is it to be able to say you are the Raisin Gal. :-)

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      cmadden 4 years ago

      Totally cool!

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      WBJanitorial LM 4 years ago

      What a cool story!

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      shewins 4 years ago

      What a great story you have to tell, and it appears to have lead you to create a lovely collection of Sun-Maid items.