Nostalgic Tin Signs

Nostalgic Tin Signs
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Nostalgic Tin Signs

Reproductions of famous nostalgic tin signs can be found almost everywhere. Even though they are not true antiques, quality reproductions of nostalgic tin signs are a great way to accent the decorating theme of your home or business. Whether advertising or just for decoration, nostalgic tin signs have a long history and provide us with a glimpse of the past.

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 nostalgic metal and tin signs. Many of todays most recognizable brand names got their start as nostalgic tin signs.

Products too numerous to mention have been promoted with a style and wit that today seems all too nostalgic. Nostalgic metal and tin signs were produced by the hundreds of thousands from the mid eighteen hundreds through the advent of television in the late nineteen forties. Most 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 nostalgic tin 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 nostalgic tin signs has been maintained through reproductions and the zeal of collectors to preserve a piece of advertising and artistic history.

Aging metal and tin signs that have begun to rust should never be refinished. Nostalgic tin 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 sign, the well informed collector must be able to know the difference between nostalgic tin signs and reproductions. The rule is always buyer beware.