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Re: What was your first sign? [Re: 796Chevelle] #709260
Mon May 07 2018 12:37 AM
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I don't have an exciting story to go with mine, but my first porcelain sign ever purchased was this HC Little sign. My first "gas & oil" porcelain sign was the Mobiloil Gargoyle oil rack sign. I took my dad to an auction and bought the Mobiloil sign years ago. We had a good time. Nothing too exciting but I still have both of them, and because they are my first signs, I will never sell them. They will be in an auction... someday... I may be watching, but I won't be there. LOL


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Re: What was your first sign? [Re: Speedracer] #709269
Mon May 07 2018 07:36 AM
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Around 2001 Went to an auction because I saw an old Buick sign I thought would be cool with my 70 Buick. Walked into the room and was amazed at all the signs on the wall. Buick went for way more than I thought so as a conciliation prize I bought this Portage tire sign for $100. Ended up selling the Buick and have been into signs ever since. Refined my collecting to only gas, oil and auto related tins. Love this old Portage sign.

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Re: What was your first sign? [Re: bustermonty] #709270
Mon May 07 2018 08:06 AM
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Puyallup Washington
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My First.

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Re: What was your first sign? [Re: 796Chevelle] #709273
Mon May 07 2018 08:27 AM
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Peoria, IL
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Good topic!

I still have one of my very first signs... was buying a oil can from a guy and he had a Chevy sign on his wall in his garage. Told him if he would ever sell, to let me know. A week later he sees that I'm selling a embossed plastic Esso sign and says he will trade the Chevy for it if I wanted to. I quickly ran over to his house and traded for it. About 2 months later, an ad shows up on Craigslist with a Chevy sign for sale... but no picture. I go to look at it and its another Super Service skin with very similar damage. I start talking to the seller about where he got it from, and he says me and a friend found it in a junk yard, and we both took one sign. So it turns out that his sign and the one I traded for were both originally together as one. So I had to have that one too! They hung on my wall for several years and in 2016 I finally got them cleaned up and put back on a can with neon. It still hangs in my garage and I love it.

First two pics are when I found them. Last picture is where it hangs now.

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Re: What was your first sign? [Re: 796Chevelle] #709278
Mon May 07 2018 08:57 AM
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Michigan, Union Pier
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Cool story Bryce, those guys really cleaned up nice and looks great hanging up there. It must have been a lot fun getting that sign up there. Was the neon on when you hung them?


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Re: What was your first sign? [Re: Done4] #709281
Mon May 07 2018 10:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Done4
a lot fun getting that sign up there. Was the neon on when you hung them?


yeah, it was fun, and yeah the neon was on it when i hung it. i just used an electric scissor lift, me and another guy just lifted the whole sign on top of the scissor lift rails and then raised it into position where I already had the chains/hooks mounted.


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Re: What was your first sign? [Re: 796Chevelle] #709282
Mon May 07 2018 10:29 AM
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Michigan, Union Pier
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Man you have more guts then I. Glass of any kind and I have a real bad history. Nice job.


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Re: What was your first sign? [Re: 796Chevelle] #709318
Tue May 08 2018 04:56 AM
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Sherrill NY
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My 1st sign and I still have it. I traded a guy a bunch of beer tap handles for this sign and 3 gas globes about 15 years ago. I wish I still had the globes...

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Re: What was your first sign? [Re: 796Chevelle] #709323
Tue May 08 2018 08:27 AM
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Puyallup Washington
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I like that Socony shield, I have been looking for one!


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Re: What was your first sign? [Re: 796Chevelle] #709438
Thu May 10 2018 02:31 PM
Thu May 10 2018 02:31 PM
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Michigan, Union Pier
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After Matt posted his pump plate a light came on, this is one of my very first signs. When I started this train wreck I was focusing on pumps and these where on the pump the other two were missing. I found this around 1987 in a barn in upper Wisconsin. So it is definitely one of my first.

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Re: What was your first sign? [Re: Done4] #709478
Fri May 11 2018 02:42 PM
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Los Alamitos, CA
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I bought this 42" sign in the early 80's, at the Long Beach swap meet. It still has the $80 price tag on it. Funny thing is, the guy had a similar sized Shell clamshell for sale for $100, but I could only afford one or the other. Given that I was working for Union Oil .....

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Re: What was your first sign? [Re: dfranchi] #709513
Sat May 12 2018 02:54 PM
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Originally Posted by dfranchi
I bought this 42" sign in the early 80's, at the Long Beach swap meet. It still has the $80 price tag on it. Funny thing is, the guy had a similar sized Shell clamshell for sale for $100, but I could only afford one or the other. Given that I was working for Union Oil .....


I guess prices have changed a tad in the last 15-20 years haha


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Re: What was your first sign? [Re: 796Chevelle] #709634
Mon May 14 2018 08:29 AM
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One of the first signs i picked up, not much info out there on siloo items, then
Later on picked up a can

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Re: What was your first sign? [Re: 796Chevelle] #709715
Tue May 15 2018 11:20 AM
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South of St. Louis, MO USA
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This one of my first Petro signs. It came out of the Buick GMC dealership where I worked when they switched from Kendall to Pennzoil. The embossed"GT-1" half was painted over with the dealer name.

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