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opaline oil signs

Started by Craig Phillips / B & C Emporium Apr 27, 2010. 0 Replies

What is 'Advertising'?

Started by John Sayers. Last reply by Connie Swaim Mar 16, 2009. 1 Reply

Signs of the times

Started by Connie Swaim. Last reply by Connie Swaim Mar 13, 2009. 2 Replies

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Comment by John Sayers on May 14, 2009 at 7:36pm
Hi, Dave - I'm also always looking for 'good old paper'. Love the April Allentown show (a few weeks ago). Never been to Papermania. Is it worthwhile? What's your favorite show for paper?
Comment by Dave Dubé on May 14, 2009 at 5:58pm
Thank you, John! I'm doing something a bit smaller than signs these days, but it's still advertising art: I don't know what the rules are here for listing blog sites, and I noticed there's blogs associated with antiqueweek. I'm not really a collector, but rather I gather the old paper to do my part to recycle by adding my art work to it. I'm always looking for good old paper, so I guess you might say I'm a collector in that regard.
Comment by John Sayers on May 14, 2009 at 5:04pm

Comment by John Sayers on May 14, 2009 at 5:03pm
Hi, Dave - It's soooo great to hear from someone who actually painted some of those wonderful signs. As a person who 'sort of' collects signs, I can't resist the urge to buy one whenever I see a powerful image. Deterrents to buying are primarily price and secondarily whether we have room for any more (probably not, but who's counting?)
One of our favorites is a Dominion Express cardboard stand-up sign designed to sit on a travel agent's or banker's desk. We paid $25. for it at an outdoor show a few years ago, and we framed it for display purposes. Dominion Express was one of the subsidiaries of Canadian Pacific Railways during the first half of the last century. Cool people portrayed in cool colors!
(I'll try once agin to try to get an upload of the image, but all I seem to get is lines of code! I'll hit 'add comment' and see what finally happens.)

Comment by Connie Swaim on May 14, 2009 at 1:58pm
Glad to see you here!
Comment by Dave Dubé on May 14, 2009 at 1:47pm

I just joined after an invite from Larry Munson. I noticed you added the discussion forum called Signs of the Times. I'd add that there's a monthly magazine by that name that has been published since the turn of the century, and its target audience is the Advertising business, primarily sign painters. Over forty years ago I painted signs - it put me in clothes, a car and helped me get a year of college paid for. I'm always looking for advertising that usually falls into the age category of 1900 - 1945. I'd read my dads copy from cover to cover.

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