(Topic ID: 164009)

Collecting Porcelain Signs

By radium

5 years ago


Topic Heartbeat

Topic Stats

  • 165 posts
  • 41 Pinsiders participating
  • Latest reply 5 days ago by PAPPYBALL
  • Topic is favorited by 12 Pinsiders

You

Topic Gallery

View topic image gallery

IMG_0035 (resized).JPG
IMG_0058 (resized).JPG
IMG_0038 (resized).JPG
IMG_0033 (resized).JPG
IMG_0032 (resized).JPG
IMG_0028 (resized).JPG
IMG_0026 (resized).JPG
IMG_0025 (resized).JPG
IMG_0024 (resized).JPG
IMG_0015 (resized).JPG
IMG_0023 (resized).JPG
IMG_0010 (resized).JPG
my pictures imported 9-6-21 380 (resized).JPG
my pictures imported 9-6-21 116 (resized).JPG
8FB0DD91-DFA9-4420-AE19-E2A58AFD1EF0 (resized).jpeg
44B766A9-1603-4DB9-AE05-DC87C6FFF170 (resized).jpeg

There are 165 posts in this topic. You are on page 3 of 4.
#101 4 years ago
Quoted from spfxted:

Alex...where did you get the Technicolor sign??

I got it from my uncle. The local Rialto theater burned down many years ago and apparently the sign hung on the building. I believe it's cast aluminum. I could never sell mine as I got it from my uncle and also a piece of local history.

I've seen different variations of the same sign for sale over the years. They pop up on Ebay from time to time.

Here are a couple that were sold.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/101684778/1940s-red-techni-color-movie-sign
http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/vintage-1940s-technicolor-movie-459712362

CamelTechnicolor (resized).jpg

#102 4 years ago
Quoted from radium:

Very cool! Is it going to fit in that spot at the roof peak like you planned?

Quoted from d0n:

I dont think so but I'll find a spot.

It'll fit.

saw (resized).jpg

#103 4 years ago

Here's my latest.

John

IMG_0002 (resized).JPG

Shipsee Auction Nov. 30th 2016, $35+tax (resized).JPG

#104 4 years ago
Quoted from AlexF:

I've seen different variations of the same sign for sale over the years. They pop up on Ebay from time to time.

Thanks! I'll keep an eye out...

2 weeks later
#105 4 years ago

I had some money set aside for an EM pinball. Discovered this old Blatz sign today at an antique show and bought it instead.

BlatzA.jpg

BlatzB.jpg

#106 4 years ago
Quoted from AlexF:

I had some money set aside for an EM pinball. Discovered this old Blatz sign today at an antique show and bought it instead.

Awesome sign

#107 4 years ago

Nice! I like the Blatz memorabilia. When I was a kid, my dad bought Blatz by the case in returnable bottles. He would have me go fetch him one when he was working in his workshop. He pretended not to notice if a sip or two were missing. He still drinks it today at 88.

#108 4 years ago

I didn't know you could still buy Blatz? I'd like to try it. I found a home for the sign yesterday. It makes a nice focal point in my homemade backbar.

TinCeilng (resized).jpg

#109 4 years ago

Unfortunately you can't get it in returnable bottles anymore, but it is available in cans. The brand is owned by Pabst and it is currently being brewed under contract by Miller.

Great spot for the sign!

7 months later
#110 4 years ago

Picked up a few more since my last posting on this thread. 3/4 are local eateries which two of them went out of business yearrrrs ago.

John

IMG_0012 (resized).JPG

IMG_0064 (resized).JPG

IMG_0001 (resized).JPG

IMG_0002 (3) (resized).JPG

#111 4 years ago

This isn't a new sign, I've posted it before. What is new is I found an old pic of it in it's original location. On top of the old Lake House Inn Hotel/Supper Club in the 1940s. Obscured slightly by the tree.

Gettelman (resized).jpg
LAKEHOUSESign (resized).jpg

#112 4 years ago

My family has collected a few signs over the years... here's a few

IMG_2877 (resized).JPG

IMG_2879 (resized).JPG

IMG_2889 (resized).JPG

#113 4 years ago
Quoted from AlexF:

This isn't a new sign, I've posted it before. What is new is I found an old pic of it in it's original location. On top of the old Lake House Inn Hotel/Supper Club in the 1940s. Obscured slightly by the tree.

That's really cool that you can show the sign in it's original location. Very cool!!

John

#114 4 years ago
Quoted from Dayhuff:

That's really cool that you can show the sign in it's original location. Very cool!!
John

I agree, that is awesome. I do not believe any of the signs we have come across have any possible documentation like a picture

#115 4 years ago
Quoted from Chosen_S:

I agree, that is awesome. I do not believe any of the signs we have come across have any possible documentation like a picture

Thanks, your collection is simply amazing. The cars and the signs...

#116 4 years ago
Quoted from AlexF:

Thanks, your collection is simply amazing. The cars and the signs...

Thank you, honestly it's all my uncles stuff, but it's a family effort. It has completely desensitized me from going bananas over expensive and rare cars. If cars or signs are not amazing in their original state, they get a full on professional restoration, even if it takes a very long time to do it right

1 week later
#117 4 years ago

Found this one today at the Flea Market. Nothing fancy, but always fun when you can find one that is coin-op related.

ZaugsVendingSign (resized).jpg

#118 4 years ago
Quoted from AlexF:

Found this one today at the Flea Market. Nothing fancy, but always fun when you can find one that is coin-op related.

Nice. Looks like Canteen acquired them in 2013.
https://www.vendingtimes.com/main/articles.aspx?iid=B76D0EACA7D7414F84B3E9AC7365FE98

#119 4 years ago

Picked up a couple this weekend. The vending machine sign I'm guessing came out of a bowling alley

21762032_10209628461615739_883410714307779917_n (resized).jpg

3 weeks later
#120 4 years ago

Not porcelain, but I have a Miller High Life bouncing ball sign that needs a new rotating screen. Basically a 4'' wide mylar strip with colored stripes, wrapped around two rotating rollers. Does anybody know if these have been reproduced at all?

#121 4 years ago
Quoted from aahgo:

Not porcelain, but I have a Miller High Life bouncing ball sign that needs a new rotating screen. Basically a 4'' wide mylar strip with colored stripes, wrapped around two rotating rollers. Does anybody know if these have been reproduced at all?

Miller made a few different variations of the bouncing ball sign from the 50s-80s. It's a neat effect. Motion signs are an addicting and fun thing to collect.

They reproduce quite a few parts for Hamm's signs as they are the most popular among collectors.
http://www.brewskilights.com

Unfortunately I don't think anyone has reproduced the bouncing ball film? Could be wrong? Motion signs can be kind of like working on old pin though. I have had luck piecing them together from different parts signs. So keep an eye on Ebay. You might find one with a busted case and good film.

There is a pretty fun beer show coming up next weekend that may be a fun place to look for parts or other signs as well.
milwaukee.craigslist.org link

#122 4 years ago

Cool, I may check out that show. I actually have two of the Miller bouncers, one looks like it is from the 80's and this latest one that is actually from 2002. The newer one is of noticeably cheaper construction. Vacuum formed plastic housing, thin aluminum bezel, and the rollers inside are basically cardboard tubes with a rubber band around it for friction. It does not look like it will hold up over the years like some of the classic signs of yesteryear. I like the look of it though, and would like to get it running again. I just don't want to invest more into than it's worth.

I've done a searched most of those sites for the Hamm's stuff and neon repair, but no luck so far on Miller motion lights.

Thanks for the info Alex.

IMG_1804[1] (resized).JPG

#123 4 years ago

For those around Chi-Town, may recognize these..
yXUNRbw (resized).jpg
3qMdxNq (resized).jpg

And then from our trusted gov't, NOS brass, printed:
zmwHDRs (resized).jpg

2 years later
#124 1 year ago

Man I can't believe its been two years since myself or anyone has posted in this thread. I've bought tons of signs/advertising goodies since then. Anyone got any pictures to post, porcelain or not?

John

#125 1 year ago

Picked up this Adler Brau Clock last year. And recently the framed Wrigley's sign (cardboard standee) to the right of Hi-Deal. Also this 1974 NAPA calendar, Elvgren is one of my favorite pin-up artists and I like anything with a vintage snowmobile on it. Nothing porcelain recently...
AdlerBrau (resized).JPGHi-Deal (resized).jpgSnowmobileCalendar (resized).JPG

#126 1 year ago

I picked this original double sided porcelain sign up because it reminds me of when I was a kid and my mom would save up these stamps
0EC73E1D-A128-46FC-8CD3-809229B1E483 (resized).jpeg

1 year later
#127 5 months ago

I picked this up at a garage sale years ago. Not in great shape, but a great piece of Wisconsin Dells history. I have to imagine this was early from the Wisconsin Dells Duck tours.

20190904_172318 (resized).jpg
#128 5 months ago

Man I really need to do some updating on this post, so many signs purchased since I posted last.......... I'll get to it soon enough.

John

#129 5 months ago
Quoted from Dayhuff:

Man I really need to do some updating on this post, so many signs purchased since I posted last.......... I'll get to it soon enough.
John

Yes please! Love seeing what everyone finds.

#130 5 months ago

Not porcelain but probably the only one of these in existence....it’s not cardboard but a display board. I am sure there is another name for it. New addition I just got.

D80C60A5-76D5-4BB2-8522-FB986BD8A656 (resized).jpeg
#131 5 months ago

A couple more....a 4’ X 8’ coke sign. Wife wanted it framed LOL! And Coke Fishtail I recently got.Wczise the crappy photos....it’s all I have in my phone at the moment.

021D4584-41C3-458E-BE93-960036D534E0 (resized).jpeg6319FDBB-B9B7-4DB7-90DF-1795ECE05487 (resized).jpeg7A926BAC-792D-40C4-BE41-8D00010B90A3 (resized).jpeg8D3C3F0F-703A-423F-966D-4391EC4877DE (resized).jpeg
#132 5 months ago

Love the 70s font. I saved this from going to the dump.

72335BA0-1884-442A-9A6B-85122935BB86 (resized).jpeg
#133 5 months ago
pasted_image (resized).png
#134 5 months ago
Quoted from radium:

Yes please! Love seeing what everyone finds.

My main computer with all the pictures is down right now so I'm using a back up lap top. I'll post them ASAP.
Thanks,
John

#135 5 months ago
Quoted from Pinplayer1967:

Love the 70s font. I saved this from going to the dump.
[quoted image]

That thing is funkadelic! That would be cool next to a Nitro Groundshaker

#136 5 months ago

I gave most of my porcelain signs to my in law, they were all petroleum signs, he had a flying A gas station in the 60s, so not many here now.

20210524_204120 (resized).jpg20210524_204132 (resized).jpg20210524_204137 (resized).jpg20210524_204148 (resized).jpg20210524_204154 (resized).jpg20210524_204214 (resized).jpg

#137 5 months ago
Quoted from radium:

That thing is funkadelic! That would be cool next to a Nitro Groundshaker

C2FE7463-5BA9-4ECF-88B0-3C08C202E8EB (resized).jpeg
#138 5 months ago

This small sign is from a local soda company from early 1900s to 1960 in our town ellensburg..only sign I've ever found, looked for 30 + years.

20210524_210342 (resized).jpg
#139 5 months ago

Here’s a few that I’ve had up for a while. I started collecting these through the FIL who was into antiques and going to auctions etc. with him. Unfortunately he’s not collecting anymore, so am going through his collection to see what I want to keep and what should move on. I’ll post more as I get them hung up. I got the distillery sign at the York show one year...

1AD4D6F5-CE68-499C-B5D6-06DC06C989C7 (resized).jpeg26243E44-3C0B-44D1-8466-187E10A00371 (resized).jpeg8A2A9BAB-29E4-4453-81D7-A10B4F7366A6 (resized).jpegB353FFF9-AF61-4695-8362-8AC2550521F1 (resized).jpeg
#140 5 months ago

Giant huge sign
Love it

A5B43C88-2A55-4699-B35B-0707DE73B9A5 (resized).jpeg
#141 5 months ago
Quoted from rollinover:

Giant huge sign
Love it
[quoted image]

Very nice

#142 4 months ago
Quoted from SergioJ:

Here’s a few that I’ve had up for a while. I started collecting these through the FIL who was into antiques and going to auctions etc. with him. Unfortunately he’s not collecting anymore, so am going through his collection to see what I want to keep and what should move on. I’ll post more as I get them hung up. I got the distillery sign at the York show one year...
[quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image]

You absolutely MUST get neon back in that Star Model Beer sign, for the love of Zoidburg, please.

#143 4 months ago
Quoted from Coyote:

You absolutely MUST get neon back in that Star Model Beer sign, for the love of Zoidburg, please.

Lol! Yeah I’ve thought about it but never looked into it strongly. It’s obviously meant to be a double sided sign and I don’t have the frame or other side to it, so I’m not sure how hard it would be to do it. It’s not very stiff as it hangs now. It’s a great sign though.....

How do other folks handle that?

#144 4 months ago
Quoted from SergioJ:

Lol! Yeah I’ve thought about it but never looked into it strongly. It’s obviously meant to be a double sided sign and I don’t have the frame or other side to it, so I’m not sure how hard it would be to do it. It’s not very stiff as it hangs now. It’s a great sign though.....
How do other folks handle that?

Not sure it is relevant for this thread, but without the frame/other side, you WOULD need to secure it better, as well as give a place to mount the receptors for the tubes and such. Doable - usually with a cut piece of wood, and mounting the front of the sign to it. That will give enough rigidity to then be able to mount the transformers and tube connections.

#145 4 months ago

Simple, just have a can made for it. A good neon place could do it all for you.

John

#146 4 months ago
Coke Bar -0520-pside (resized).jpg
#147 4 months ago

Have a lot of advertising signage but these are the only Porcelain ones. The Go Go is a reproduction.

5843BD39-2F8C-4373-81B1-F82CF0C01417 (resized).jpeg7E9EF8D5-744A-4CE0-9597-1707132059C6 (resized).jpegBE68094D-F950-4C54-8E64-E0ADCCB7EE42 (resized).jpegC78E90B3-5987-40CF-875E-0CC30C1CA494 (resized).jpegC995744B-8F65-4CC1-8482-C59F1CBC6422 (resized).jpeg
1 week later
#148 4 months ago

A bunch of the small signs I decided to keep from the FIL’s collection. Anybody know what the triangle “A” goes to?

968890EA-ED19-4336-8997-B90C49E875CB (resized).jpegAB7447FD-DC64-49B8-AB15-F74E3FB6E41A (resized).jpeg
3 months later
#149 36 days ago

Was fortunate to get this old Schlitz porcelain sign this weekend. It's only 13" tall and would have been part of a larger neon sign (neon sign shown for example). It's pretty cool as a stand alone though and easy to find a spot for.

SchlitzGlobe (resized).jpgH5779-L157998137 (resized).JPG
#150 36 days ago

I just acquired about 60 more signs but there going to be stacked in the garage for a while until I can figure out what to do with them. I'll post pictures when I can. I still have my "Open Donuts" old school neon for sale if anyone local has any interest.
Thanks,

John

There are 165 posts in this topic. You are on page 3 of 4.

Hey there! Got a moment?

Great to see you're enjoying Pinside! Did you know Pinside is able to run thanks to donations from our visitors? Please donate to Pinside, support the site and get anext to your username to show for it! Donate to Pinside