Antique Advertising signs from 1800’s to the 2000’s and what materials they were made of
by Darryl Tilden
Vintage Advertising signs 1800’s//2000’s… From.large flashing neon signs to those small, but memorable and effective ones, advertising signs silently made history and marked different eras. Vintage Advertising signs from 1800’s to the 2000’s…The uniqueness, the design, typography, and the symbolism varied throughout decades, making every sign special, leaving marks on generations. Some of The history of advertising signs followed the development of society and industrial development. Now, all the different shapes and sizes of these antiquities take us back in time and are an essential part of every antique collection.Our Collection
Vintage Advertising signs 1800’s//2000’s
First of all early the 19th century was marked by the industrial boom followed by many inventions. Customers purchased, different inventions, as novelties, needed to be properly advertised and the most distinguishing attribute of the 1800’s advertising signs was the unusually detailed design and decorative typography. The signs were usually handmade and of differently shaped metals, wood, ceramics, and porcelain, with the invention of lithography comes the era of advertisement we are very familiar with today – posters, billboards, and printed advertising signs. Carved wood and metal advertising signs now could be replaced with a paper and a strong and descriptive advertising message.
Lithography in the early 1800’s changed the advertising signs forever. Based on progress made in the previous century,Gas lighting and later on, electric lighting, in the first half of 20th-century was marked by first illuminated advertising signs when an advertising sign turned into a spectacle on its own.Trade Signs
While European Neon signs were first introduced around 1910’s most large companies and manufacturers could not afford such an advertising light show.. Enamel signs were the most common, which were made of a base of heavy rolled iron or steel. The process of making included having these die cut and then coated with layers of colored glass powder. Hence outdoor advertising commonly used enamel signs & were a number one waterproof advertising solution at that time. In the beginning of 20th century, these signs evolved from porcelain enamel signs to enamel paint on metal.
These companies used all types of materials in these signs. Some Tin signs were the most notable, which play an immensely important role in the history of advertising signage. Old tin advertising signs appeared much earlier. Advertisement by the 2oth century in this role increases. Consequently they were hand printed and with the lithographic printer and tin signs became more available and much more affordable.
Finally Customers from the 1900’s, especially the second half of it, were in the era of plastic, vinyl, neon lights. Also flashy signs, cables, electronics, vivid colors, photography, improved printing methods and memorable graphic design ideas.Misc. Vintage signs Around 1940’s, since they were more durable and cheaper. Hence plastic and vinyl signs started replacing tin signs, giving metal a second place for the first time in advertising signage history. Finally Printing in color became a reality and in the second half of 1900’s neon lights became more frequent. In conclusion we could see glowing billboards, large flashy signs in combination with all kinds of different materials used throughout the history.