Metal Wall Signs

Metal Wall Signs
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Metal Wall Signs

In this modern era of mass marketing, we are bombarded by electronic messages. After awhile, advertising and promotions all start to sound, feel and look the same. There was a time when the perfect combination of artistry, imagination and originality could be found in vintage tin and metal wall signs. Many of todays most recognizable brand names got their start as metal wall signs.

Products too numerous to mention have been promoted with a style and wit that today seems all too nostalgic. Vintage tin and metal wall signs were produced by the hundreds of thousands from the mid eighteen hundreds through the advent of television in the late nineteen forties. Most of these metal wall signs were painted or screen printed using enamel paint and many were given a porcelain overcoat to increase their durability. The irony of all this is that many metal wall signs outlived the very companies and products they were meant to promote.

This is not say that metal signs have completely disappeared from the landscape. Highways signs, street signs and metal signs of kinds are still with us, though most serve a more utilitarian purpose. The golden age of old fashioned tin signs has been maintained through reproductions and the zeal of collectors to preserve a piece of advertising and artistic history.

Aging tin and metal wall signs that have begun to rust should never be refinished. Old fashioned metal wall signs that are in good condition are highly prized by collectors. A little rust may devalue the sign just a bit, but the nostalgic value is priceless. When buying any type of antique or collectible metal wall sign, the well informed collector must be able to know the difference between genuine vintage tin and metal wall signs and modern reproductions. The rule is always buyer beware.

Reproductions of famous vintage tin and metal wall signs can be found almost everywhere. Even though they are not true antiques, quality reproductions of tin and metal wall signs are a great way to accent the decorating theme of your home or business.

Many companies would provide merchants with durable metal wall signs in order to promote their products. Among the most popular collectible signs are those that have anything to do with Coca Cola. Coke was able to create their brand by extensive promotion. From big cities to rural farming communities, merchants who offered Coke products for sale may have had several metal signs advertising that fact.

Manufacturers of tractors and other farm equipment produced metal wall signs that were often fixtures at general stores, Grange halls and feed stores all over the country. Companies such as John Deere, International Harvester and Ford produced many styles of metal wall signs. These metal wall signs are favorites among collectors of items that reflect classic Americana.