Vintage 1917 Firestone Tires Cord And Fabric Tin Sign,original. Attic Find. For Sale
This is a recently discovered attic find and fresh to the market.
Quite Possibly the Rarest Firestone Tire Sign on right now since it has the slogan Cord And Fabric. This is awonderful metal (tin) embossed advertising sign in very good +++ condition. No touch up or repairs. Colors are bright and solid. Look even better in person. You will be happy with this sign.
I have not touched thissign at all. A good cleaning will make it even nicer. Measures 12 by 23 1/2 inches.
Searching the internet the only reference to the "Cord And Fabric" slogan was in a magazine advertisement in 1917.
Guaranteed 100% old and original. Would have advertised signs for such cars as Ford Model T, Dodge, Maxwell, Buick, Cadilliac, Carter Car, Chervolet, GMC, Oldsmobile, Rainier, Scripps Booth, and so on.
Sign is VERY nice as you can see in the photos.
If you collect vintage, old antique signs, clocks unusual stuff then this is for you.
See my other sales for more stuff listed right now. See photos and ask questions as what you see is the exact item you will receive. $25.00 POSTAGE INCLUDES CAREFUL WELL PACKED FULLY INSURED SHIPPING IN THE USA.
The Photos are a big part of describing the condition. If I call it one way and you see it another I may have made a mistake and what you see is correct. See all Photos and ask questions. You get the exact item shown in the photos. If you need more photos just ask. Always know exactly what you are offerding on. Not Cleaned or polished at all by me. Sold just as found. Stated postage is for the continental United States Only. Foreign postage will be more and calculated at the end of the sale.Firestone Tire and Rubber Company
The Firestone Tire and Rubber Company is an American tire company founded by Harvey Samuel Firestone in 1900 to supply pneumatic tires for wagons, buggies, and other forms of wheeled transportation common in the era. Firestone soon saw the huge potential for marketing tires for automobiles. The company was a pioneer in the mass production of tires. Harvey Firestone had a friendship with Henry Ford. Firestone used this relationship to become the original equipment supplier of Ford Motor Company automobiles, and was also active in the replacement market.History Early/mid 20th century Firestone was originally based in Akron, Ohio, also the hometown of its archrival, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. The company initiated operations in 1900 with 12 employees.Together, Firestone and Goodyear were the largest suppliers of automotive tires in North America for over three-quarters of a century. In 1906 Firestone was chosen by Henry Ford for the Model T.
In 1919, Firestone Tire and Rubber Company of Canada was incorporated in Hamilton, Ontario and in 1922, the first Canadian-made tire rolled off the line on September 15. During the '20s, Firestone produced the Oldfield tire, named for racing driver Barney Oldfield.
At one point, the company had a rubber plantation in Liberia that covered more than 4,000 square kilometers (1 million acres).
The company sponsored The Voice of Firestone on the radio beginning on December 1928. The program was transferred to television as an NBC simulcast on 5 September 1949. The last broadcast was in 1963.
In 1928 the company built a factory in Brentford, England, for long an Art Deco landmark on a major route into the city. This closed in 1979.
During World War II the company was called on by the U.S. Government to make artillery shells, aluminum kegs for food transport and other rubberized military products. Firestone ranked 55th among United States corporations in the value of World War II military production contracts. In the 1940s, Firestone was given a defense contract to produce plastic helmet liners. While outproduced by Westinghouse Electric they still made a fair amount for the M1 Helmet.In 1951, Firestone was given the defense contract for the MGM-5 Corporal missile. Firestone was given a total of US$6,888,796 for the first 200 Missiles. This missile was known as the "Embryo of the Army" and was a surface-to-surface guided missile which could deliver a high explosive warhead up to 75 nautical miles (139 km). It was later modified to be able to carry a nuclear payload for use in the event of Cold War hostilities in Eastern Europe. This missile was replaced in 1962 by the MGM-29 Sergeant system.
In 1961, Firestone acquired the Dayton Tire division from the Dayco Corporation.Restructuring and sale to Bridgestone In late 1979, Firestone brought in John Nevin, the ex-head of Zenith Electronics, as president to save the hemorrhaging company from total collapse. It was more than a billion dollars in debt at the time, and losing 250 million dollars a year. Nevin closed nine of the company's seventeen manufacturing plants, including six in one day. He moved the company from its ancestral home in Akron to Chicago. He spun off non-tire related businesses, including the Firestone Country Club. It was considered a deliberate plan to boost the stock price, and it paid off. In 1988 after discussions with Pirelli, Nevin negotiated the sale of the company to the Japanese company Bridgestone. Bridgestone Corporation Japan was able to buy the company for much less than it had been worth a decade and a half earlier. The combined Bridgestone / Firestone North American operations are now based in Nashville, Tennessee In 2008 was the companies 20 year anniversary for the merger of Bridgestone and Firestone. The company changed the tire divisions name to Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC.
Apart from tires, several companies and divisions operate with the Firestone brand in its name. These companies include Firestone Building Products, LLC, Firestone Industrial Products, LLC, Firestone Complete Auto Care, Firestone Natural Rubber Company and Firestone Specialty Products. Firestone Building Products and Firestone Industrial Products are headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana and operates in 23 U.S. states and ten countries, with 11,000 employees worldwide. Annually, the company reports annual sales of more than $2.5 billion.
In 1972 Firestone received a ten-year import "concession" by the Kenyan government to secure Firestone's investment in a domestic tire plant, which gave it a virtual monopoly. This included both general price and foreign exchange controls. When the ten-year period came to an end in 1979, Firestone retaliated by increasing production, making entry less attractive. Headquarters eventually canceled expansion and failed negotiations lead to no further investments.
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