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#645308 - Thu Jan 28 2016 05:12 PM Self-Quiz for Identifying Fakes (Grade me!)
ninjarobert Offline
Member

Registered: Wed Jan 27 2016
Loc: Pittsburgh, PA
As a noob, I find it extremely helpful to have reference photos. Wanted to confirm these were not original before posting images to the gallery here. Hope I pass the quiz!

eBay Seller ID: gmjer777

To my untrained eye:
- Mohawk Gasoline : hair and face lack detail
- Indian Gasoline : The letters for "Gasoline" look too curvy. The horizontal line in G doesn't exist.
- Sunset Gasoline : Exact same sign is on Amazon and sites that sell reproductions.
- Mobiloil Gargoyle : First, it says licensed on the bottom right-- reproduction? Second, has 4 holes instead of 6. Third, letters (especially tilde) don't look the same as the one posted here.
- Harley Motor Oil (round) - Missing two holes at 3 and 9 o'clock. Text in Cycles missing fine serifs. (Plus he's sold several in the past)
- American Gasoline : Couldn't find a reference for a legit sign, but looks identical to labeled reproductions. Plus, isn't this pre-1930's? Wouldn't it be fairly rare?
- Indian Oil Sign (shaped like can) - Can't find any example of this sign except for on ebay. The one I've seen is just white and dark red.
Harley Oil Sign (shaped like can) - No idea. Going with fake based on other signs and the crazy bright orange rust...

How'd I do?

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#645311 - Thu Jan 28 2016 05:57 PM Re: Self-Quiz for Identifying Fakes (Grade me!) [Re: ninjarobert]
DWSheffer Offline
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Registered: Thu Sep 20 2007
Loc: Hillsdale, Michigan
Size on the Mobiloil sign is a big factor in easily identifying an original vs. the repros.
Darin
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Darin Sheffer
Always looking for Mobil items I don't already have!

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#645330 - Thu Jan 28 2016 09:54 PM Re: Self-Quiz for Identifying Fakes (Grade me!) [Re: ninjarobert]
MetroPetro Offline
Veteran Member

Registered: Fri Mar 25 2005
Loc: North Jersey
The "Harley" and "Indian" signs you listed are fantasy items , period. No originals of any of the 3 ever.


Edited by MetroPetro (Thu Jan 28 2016 10:21 PM)
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Looking for photos, etc from 60s era Shell-A-Rama gas station and Pal's Diner, Rt. 17 Mahwah, NJ
& US or state highway signs, shields, route markers

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#645345 - Fri Jan 29 2016 08:52 AM Re: Self-Quiz for Identifying Fakes (Grade me!) [Re: DWSheffer]
ninjarobert Offline
Member

Registered: Wed Jan 27 2016
Loc: Pittsburgh, PA
Originally Posted By DWSheffer
Size on the Mobiloil sign is a big factor in easily identifying an original vs. the repros.
Darin


The height is 12" based on the ruler next to it.

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#645346 - Fri Jan 29 2016 08:54 AM Re: Self-Quiz for Identifying Fakes (Grade me!) [Re: MetroPetro]
ninjarobert Offline
Member

Registered: Wed Jan 27 2016
Loc: Pittsburgh, PA
Originally Posted By MetroPetro
The "Harley" and "Indian" signs you listed are fantasy items , period. No originals of any of the 3 ever.


Good to know. Thanks.

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