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Dunlop Tire Sign 1910-1930 - New Old Stock For Sale
Dunlop Tire sign - circa 1910 -1930 - New Old Stock!
If you follow the world of old signs, you know that a never used, never hung sign of this time period is extremely rare to see. I have some new, old stock porcelain signs from the Forties through the Seventies but this is the only one of this vintage that I have heard of. The other AMAZING thing about this sign is its provenance: I bought this sign 20 years ago from a man named Dale Wampler who owned Dale Wampler Transmission Service in Walters, Oklahoma. This was in the days before the internet and and he had an advertisement in Hemmings Motor News that I responded to. Mr. Wampler told me that at some time in the distant past the shop he owned was used as a service garage called the Frank Nason Garage. He had found the signs (yes, signs plural) in the attic. He had found THREE of these signs wrapped up together just as they had been delivered long ago to the Frank Nason Garage! One of the signs had the shipping label on the back and thats the one I wanted. Of course, in retrospect, I should have bought all three. The sign is painted tin with a wooden frame. The paint still shows shine and of course it has some storage rash, but it is a miracle that it survived at all. The wonderful thing is that it has no rust because it has never been used and so it has never been exposed to the elements, inside or out. Nor does it have any mounting holes in the outside wood frame.Its quite large and measures 60" long X 18" high X 1-1/4" deep. It has a nice heavy heft to it as it has a lot of wood in addition to the metal. It weighs about 15 lbs. Below you can see how the outside corners are reinforced with metal straps.If you click on these images, they will open up in an online photo gallery where you can examine them in greater detail. When you are in that gallery, you can even make the image full size for a better appraisal. If that is not adequate, email me and I will forward you a link to another gallery that shows them in very large,full size resolution. I realize that your are making a offer based on photos and I want you to be positive of its condition.Above you can see the backside and the original shipping label affixed to it.The label says that the three signs were shipped from the "Dunlop Tire & Rubber Co. 1712 Carter Street, Dallas, Texas". The signs were shipped to "Frank Nason Garage, Walters, Okla." and it lists a value of $25 for the three signs. I will also include the letter head stationary from Mr. Wampler's business describing the sign. It shows the modern day business address where the sign was found.The image above shows the wooden construction method in detail on the backside.Overall, this is a wonderful old relic from the early days of the tire industry and its new, never used history together with its provenance from new will make it a highlight of any early automobile sign collection. I have a fair reserve on this sign and I hope it hangs in YOUR collection soon. Thanks for looking and happy offerding. If you have a question you can email me or call my office at 248-594-5906.Payment: is by Paypal only and you must have a Paypal verified shipping address and recent positive Paypal history or your offer will be canceled.Shipping: is by UPS Ground that the buyer will pay for and I will be responsible for fully insuring it for the final offer value. You can find the UPS charge to your destination by using the handy shipping calculator. A tracking number will be forwarded to you as well. I will ship it in a sturdy custom made plywood case to insure its safe arrival. This is somewhat labor intensive however I will include that packing service at no charge. Because I have to make a shipping case, I would guess that it would be shipped up to 7 days from the time the Paypal payment is received, but I may be able to do better than that time estimate.