As featured in
January, February 2009 brings several new antique signs that have been added to the
Antique Warehouse Collection. With the new year, the Antique
Warehouse has seen four new signs, and one of the five is new from
late in 2008.
Of the five signs, three of them actually came from one acquisition.
The sign was retrieved by the Antique Warehouse Recovery Team in
late January. Located in East St. Louis, on State Street, was
a large porcelain enameled neon sign for the Ranch House, an ice
cream establishment. The neon had long been gone, but none the
less, it was a neon sign.
At first glance of the sign, it looked like one large sign, but
after closer examination at the scene, the Recovery Team soon
realized that first, the top part of the sign which read "Ranch
House," was actually a separate sign. It was also noticed that
the "Ranch House" had once been painted over with latex paint to
read "Drive Inn." The paint had since either been removed or
had come off.
Secondly, the lower part of the sign which appeared to simply read
"Chapman's Ice Cream," actually had a second sign placed on top
of the original. Once the Recovery Team had the sign down and
back to the shop for the Restoration Department to work on, they
soon realized that a "Chapman's" porcelain enameled sign face was
placed directly over what originally was a "Pevely Super Test Ice
Cream" sign. View the first two images below for a visual
reference. The First image is how the sign looked as we
recovered it, the second image has the Chapman's face removed.
Another of the signs acquired this month was a Golden Gate Church of
Nazarene cross, which is a porcelain enameled neon sign. This
sign only includes the porcelain faces, there is no can (structure)
or neon. The face plates are made up of three separate pieces,
one long piece, which is nine feet tall, and two shorter pieces
which make up the arms of the cross.
The fifth sign was acquired about two months ago at the Chicagoland
Antique Advertising Show. It is a Anheuser-Busch Michelob
double sided porcelain enameled neon sign, with a bull nose on the
front. This model of sign is very similar to the
Budweiser Double Sided Porcelain Neon Sign
already in our collection. This sign, along with the rest of
the signs featured this month, does not have neon on it, as it was
most likely damage and removed.
Below are several images of the five signs featured this month.
Clicking on the first two thumbnails will bring up larger images,
while clicking on any of the others will take you to their