I have a nice collection of Trade Signs that we have acquired over the last 40 years. They consist of cow and horse heads, a fisk sign, a large pistol, base guitar, a large frying pan and many more. Most are figural and very old……I will get some photos of these hopefully soon….…
Trade Signs: Vintage Signage Pieces That Marked The History By Darryl Tilden, Roadrelics
Probably one of the most common and certainly one of the oldest types of advertising out there are trade signs.
As commerce expanded, the usage of trade signs slowly developed into what we are familiar with today – modern day figuralsigns of all kinds. From early dark and middle ages, till now, trade signs slowly gained their popularity and increased the reputation of owners.
Some of the history of Museum’s can be seen here Poole History of Trade Signs Roadside America is another good source. Also Pinterest has a great selection of old photographs of these types of signs Brooklyn Museum
Well Designed And Eye-Catching Trade Signs Meant A Lot For The Business Owners
Iron played a great role in the history of tradesigns. Also the invention of the printing press changed the process of making tradesigns forever. As society developed wood, iron, expansion of colors usage in the process of making glass. Also printing, carving and hand carving combined with modern technologies, adding plastic and neon lights to the fine design of these signs.
Modern Trade Signs Include Variations In Style
Nowadays we can still see tradesigns out on the streets. These signs in their more traditional form are rare to find. Therefore they are an important part of every vintage signs collection.