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Art & Inspiration Vintage Billboards...

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  1. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
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    from Austin, TX
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    Ryan submitted a new blog post:

    Vintage Billboards...


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  2. Back in the 70's,the Editor of the paper I worked for was a car guy, he had a nice 50 Ford convertible. And being the Editor of a paper in Nevada he had a few connections and scored a bill board, he kept it in his garage awaiting the time he would settle down, as in those days Editors moved at the whim of the Publisher. So what did he score?
    For those over 60 and traveled the West you might remember them,,,, it was a Harold's Club or Bust bill board. Like Editors, way back when, billboards were well made and in sections to allow them to be moved for fresh eyes.

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  3. 5window
    Joined: Jan 29, 2005
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    Very cool. I remember those days. I don't know where I'd put a billboard-but it surely would be a shame to have them just rolled up in a corner. An off-shoot of these would be the barns painted with Mail Pouch Tobacco or the old Rt 66 Merramec Caverns barns in Illinois/Missouri
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    In the Wild Wild West a business man named Fearless Ferris always had interesting signs... signStinker.jpg
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  5. 302GMC
    Joined: Dec 15, 2005
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    from Idaho

    December 1958 ... a mile before town was a regulation size billboard with only a '59 Chev LH tailfin & taillight sticking out.
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  6. Truck64
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    from Here

    Petroliana is a category of collectibles that is related to gas stations or the petroleum industry. Petroliana memorabilia include items such as old gas pumps, fuel advertisements, enamel or tin signs, oil cans and tins, and road maps.

    The prices are kinda silly for some of that stuff. I'm sure anything not nailed down out West was looted long ago.
  7. borderboy1971
    Joined: Oct 20, 2008
    Posts: 497

    from Canada

    Those are really cool. It would also be neat to have one of a picture of a girl wearing nothing but a towel and a smile.....
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  8. 2935ford
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    Yup, on my tight budge for building.....there is no room for stuff like this!:)
    Do agree.....sure is cool!
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  9. 5window
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    True, but I am pretty sure you wouldn't find that at my house! Besides, what would she be selling-towels?
  10. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
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    from oregon

    Gotta get me a Firestone sign.


    Here's a great one.



  11. flatford8
    Joined: Dec 12, 2012
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    from Lyman,ME.

  12. 56premiere
    Joined: Mar 8, 2011
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    from oregon

    Coppertone! For some reason that gets in my head alot
  13. flatheadtommy
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    I tried to save this sign, but it was painted on the side of a building that was slated to be demolished IMG_0221.jpg
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  14. I remember these, on trips with my parents. Yeah we had to stop.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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  15. Bluedot
    Joined: Oct 26, 2011
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    Those little red signs
    That I wish I'd saved.
    Always clever,
    For Burma Shave
  16. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
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    jimmy six

    "Me and my RC" is still my for Burms-Shave, there was a book a book them called " Signs on the Side of the Road"
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  17. Vanness
    Joined: Aug 5, 2017
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    South of the border!! That’s good stuff. Pedro says....
    I remeber those too, you get there for fireworks and it’s this tiny rundown place. Great advertising!
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  18. 30dodge
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  19. I'd like to find the "Marlboro" & "Kool-Aid" billboards in the background of this August 1958 color photograph of our HEMI-powered Deuce 5wd coupe being flat-towed to The 1958 NHRA Nationals in OKC:

    Billboards at 1958 OK City Nats.jpg
    Coupe towed to 1958 Nats OK City.jpg
  20. I'd also like a circa '50s - '60s "Bonneville Salt Flats" billboard ... ala this one behind The "De Armond & Markley Special" Roadster in 1956:

    #106 Bonneville 1956 (by Bill Hewitt) - 1.JPG

    ... and/or a billboard for the GNRS (when it was still held in Oakland) ... ala this one in Dennis Varni's "Speed Nymph Garage":

    GNRS billboard in Varni's Speed Nymph Garage.jpg
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  21. 5window
    Joined: Jan 29, 2005
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    I've got that book. Really interesting concept and fun reading.
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