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#690037 - Fri Jul 07 2017 08:24 PM Help with ID of a sign
Gas Pump Rob Offline
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Registered: Sun Mar 10 2002
Loc: California

Can anyone tell me anything about this flange sign that I picked up? Example : what country it came from, service station? , was it a Mazda repair or dealer?




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#690038 - Fri Jul 07 2017 08:29 PM Re: Help with ID of a sign [Re: Gas Pump Rob]
huskybob Offline
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Registered: Fri Nov 16 2001
Loc: Near Tracy Rock
French to English: more detail...

en vente:
; obtainable
; for sale
; in the market
; on sale
; to be got
; to be had

French to English: more detail...

; at this place
; in this place
; on this spot
ici → here
, local
, away
, from
ici → hither
, here
, over here
ici → here

Edited by huskybob (Fri Jul 07 2017 08:30 PM)

#690050 - Fri Jul 07 2017 10:30 PM Re: Help with ID of a sign [Re: Gas Pump Rob]
Nicole Offline
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Registered: Thu Dec 09 2010
Loc: Maryland
Not the Mazda you think it is. Piles is batteries, and Mazda Cipel is the manufacturer name. Mazda in 1914, but I am not sure when they joined Cipel...here is a Wikipedia page that has a version of the sign, but the website below that has a more extensive history for some one who speaks French (I am rusty) or who gets creative with google translate. There are a number of these signs on e-bay.

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mazda_(lumière) [and the English translated version: https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=fr&u=https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mazda_(lumi%25C3%25A8re)&prev=search

Looks to be a lamp company that expanded into batteries (piles). Batteries were called piles from the original 'true' battery "The voltaic pile consisted of pairs of copper and zinc discs piled on top of each other, separated by a layer of cloth or cardboard soaked in brine (i.e., the electrolyte)." from Wikipedia.

Later actual working batteries (developed in the late 1800's) had to be recharged, so that is probably what the service on the sign refers to, letting folks know that their batteries could be serviced at the location the sign was posted (en vente ici).

For more detailed info on the company go to this website: http://les-anciens-de-la-pile.fr/accueil.php:

I have printed the first paragraph for you (in English) from the above website.

After the start of the production of electric batteries: Leclanché in 1867, Hydra in 1899, Mazda in 1914, Wonder in 1916-1917, Carbone Lorraine in 1921, and after many adventures, three large companies supply French batteries, civil and military , In the years 1950-1960. If Wonder is constantly expanding, Leclanché has been bought out by Saft and Cipel-Mazda brings together Hydra, Mazda and Carbone Lorraine batteries

Edited by Nicole (Fri Jul 07 2017 11:05 PM)

#690060 - Fri Jul 07 2017 11:42 PM Re: Help with ID of a sign [Re: Nicole]
Gas Pump Rob Offline
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Registered: Sun Mar 10 2002
Loc: California
Thanks for all the info! This has been very helpful. So I have a French battery service sign! Darn I was hoping it was a Mazda auto dealership type of sign!

Thanks again,


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