Author Topic: 3.75x20 Double 1921 Bell Telephone sign  (Read 208 times)

Offline rfkimba

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3.75x20 Double 1921 Bell Telephone sign
« on: November 21, 2017, 01:20:17 AM »
Hi  Collectors:
I was recently offered this sign  for $225. Somehow I couldn't find any photos of a  similar one during  my hurried comparable search through various references.
By the time I exhaled it was gone .
Does anyone  else have one as I thought it was uncommon.
With Regrets,
Bob Farber ATCA, TCI

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Re: 3.75x20 Double 1921 Bell Telephone sign
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2017, 07:03:39 AM »
Origanal is not common problem is it was a highly reproed sign and the repros look good.

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Re: 3.75x20 Double 1921 Bell Telephone sign
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2017, 10:52:43 AM »
Never seen this sign, which may or may not mean something. Bells look too big for the sign? Looks like someone used the common '39 Bell sign of this type as a model.
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Re: 3.75x20 Double 1921 Bell Telephone sign
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2017, 11:19:56 AM »
Looks like a #26 sign

Oops, I was just looking at this post on my phone and only saw Fabius' response (I thought he was crazy).  Now I see Bob's part it makes sense. 

I have never seen that sign before.  First impression is that it is a fantasy piece. Closer inspection is needed.  Note the "Property of Telephone Company" sticker and notation in grease pencil.  Any provenance?  It could be a rejected prototype.
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Re: 3.75x20 Double 1921 Bell Telephone sign
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2017, 03:12:53 PM »
Hi Collectors,
Dave Martin had this listed for sale in the November ATCA newsletter classified section . I'm sorry I didn't snatch it.
Looks authentic to me .
Bob Farber

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Re: 3.75x20 Double 1921 Bell Telephone sign
« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2017, 07:16:17 PM »
Hi Collectors,
Dave Martin had this listed for sale in the November ATCA newsletter classified section . I'm sorry I didn't snatch it.
Looks authentic to me .
Bob Farber

Dave Martin is a long time collector who I bought signs from in the distant past.
Tom Vaughn
La Porte, Indiana
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Re: 3.75x20 Double 1921 Bell Telephone sign
« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2017, 01:53:49 AM »
Hi Friends,

If I was ready to buy may confirm it was a reproduction!
See Tom you may have been saved some more charitable identification effort!

A Good Thanksgiving to all

Regards,
Bob Farber

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Re: 3.75x20 Double 1921 Bell Telephone sign
« Reply #7 on: November 24, 2017, 06:42:44 AM »
https://www.ebay.com/itm/1961-BELL-TELEPHONE-PHONE-BOOTH-Vintage-Look-Replica-Metal-Sign-BIRD-NESTING/282728830543

?hash=item41d3f3964f:g:814AAOSwySlaBdik

Here is a good picture of the real sign.
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Re: 3.75x20 Double 1921 Bell Telephone sign
« Reply #8 on: November 25, 2017, 12:36:16 PM »
yep and I did not build it big enough. I have added a lot of signs since last time I did pics. Here is a cool one I forgot about.