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Re: Worst Condition Sign Ever on eBay?
« Reply #45 on: September 12, 2014, 12:20:09 AM »
That one looks like it's been in a fire-damaged building, or used as an ash pan or something related to fire...

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Re: Worst Condition Sign Ever on eBay?
« Reply #46 on: September 12, 2014, 09:11:40 PM »
The fact that the flange was flattened out and some holes drilled in the edge show some effort was put into re-purposing it.
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Re: Worst Condition Sign Ever on eBay?
« Reply #47 on: September 12, 2014, 10:47:33 PM »
I've seen several that where made into shovels.
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Re: Worst Condition Sign Ever on eBay?
« Reply #48 on: September 27, 2014, 09:40:42 PM »
They rang the bell with this one.
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Re: Worst Condition Sign Ever on eBay?
« Reply #49 on: October 11, 2014, 08:52:25 PM »
Well I picked up this beauty for $40 from a skateboard riding teenager who found it under a bridge in Fitchburg, MA.  It's a 24" "lollipop" sign from the New England Telephone & Telegraph Compnany.  I probably overpaid by about $40, but I don't mind, I feel sorry for the kid (he lives in Fitchburg after all).  This one would normally be too roached out to buy (even for me) but it seems to be very rare.  The PA Bell ones have sold every so often, but I've never seen an NET&T version.  I can't find another example of it online or from anyone I've asked: 
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Re: Worst Condition Sign Ever on eBay?
« Reply #50 on: October 11, 2014, 09:23:21 PM »
Here is a version from the Diamond State Telephone Company to give you an idea what the sign looked like in a past life:
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Re: Worst Condition Sign Ever on eBay?
« Reply #51 on: October 12, 2014, 12:22:38 AM »
Wonder how the NET&T got under the bridge?
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Re: Worst Condition Sign Ever on eBay?
« Reply #52 on: October 12, 2014, 05:38:17 PM »
It was probably used at a gas station and when it had served it's purpose was left out back and some kids stole it, dragged it down to the river to use as target practice.  I told the kid to see if he can find the base, I'd give him another $40
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Re: Worst Condition Sign Ever on eBay?
« Reply #53 on: October 13, 2014, 12:02:53 AM »
Good thinking. You may be able to sand blast the base and clean it up to be usable.
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Re: Worst Condition Sign Ever on eBay?
« Reply #54 on: October 13, 2014, 01:02:54 AM »
Especially if I find a lollipop sign with a lower edge to attach it too!
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Re: Worst Condition Sign Ever on eBay?
« Reply #55 on: November 13, 2014, 07:35:55 PM »
This another example of a rare sign in crappy condition-

Old American Telephone & Telegraph Co. and Associated Companies Porcelain Sign
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Re: Worst Condition Sign Ever on eBay?
« Reply #56 on: November 13, 2014, 11:26:04 PM »
Looks like it's a dump find.
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Re: Worst Condition Sign Ever on eBay?
« Reply #57 on: November 14, 2014, 07:06:46 AM »
I wonder what the reserve is?
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Re: Worst Condition Sign Ever on eBay?
« Reply #58 on: November 22, 2014, 10:46:25 AM »
Maybe not the worst condition, just plain bad
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Worst Condition Sign Ever on eBay?
« Reply #59 on: December 02, 2014, 11:29:06 AM »
Looks like a repro?

http://tinyurl.com/oyzf282
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