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Drink Dr. Pepper Thermometer: Original Vintage 1940’s Tin Sign – VS4801

If You Are A Beginning Collector And Looking For An Authentic Vintage Sign To Start Your Collection, Then This Original Dr. Pepper Thermometer From The 1940’s (With Significant Rusting) Is A Perfect Starter Piece

Advertising Thermometers Were Extremely Popular In The Mid-Twentieth Century, Furthermore, Due To The Period After The “r” in “Dr”, Which Was Dropped In The 1950’s, These Earlier Signs That Have The Period Are Highly Collectible


Drink Dr. Pepper Thermometer: Original Vintage 1940's Tin Sign

This is original, vintage Drink Dr. Pepper thermometer sign from the 1940's is a great starter collectible due to the significant rusting. In better condition, this sign would be a world class fine art, and investment quality collectible. As it stands, it is still a highly collectible, original Dr. Pepper tin litho thermometer with future appreciable value, however, the condition makes this the perfect item for a collection starter piece, or if a better condition example is just slightly out of your budget.  This Drink Dr. Pepper thermometer is just one of many vintage thermometer signs available from, with most of the signs for sale in our collection ranging in condition from Very Good, all the way up to Near Mint, and even some new old stock items!

This vintage Drink Dr. Pepper thermometer sign originally had a bright yellow background prior to the rusting. The top of the sign reads "When Hungry, Thirsty, Or Tired" in black lettering.

Drink Dr. Pepper Thermometer Specifications

  • Type: Tin Litho Thermometer Sign
  • Style: Mercury Fahrenheit Thermometer
  • Shape: Rectangular With Rounded Corners
  • Sides: Single Sided
  • Company: Dr. Pepper
  • Product: Dr. Pepper
  • Date Of Manufacture: 1940's
  • Place Of Manufacture: U.S.A.
  • Color: Yellow/Red/White/Black
  • Dimensions: 25 1/2 Inches Tall By 9 3/4 Inches Wide By 5/8 Inches Deep
  • Condition: Original, Unrestored As-Pictured, See Photos For Details (Very Heavy Rusting)

Just below is the tiled pattern Dr. Pepper logo from that era, and reads "Drink Dr. Pepper" in white lettering (especially significant is the period after the "r" in "Dr.", as this was only found on signs before 1950. The slogan "Good For Life" is in black lettering on a tail that comes off of the serif in the letter "r" in the word "Pepper". There is a graphic of a bottle of Dr. Pepper in the lower left area of the sign, with a clock below that points to the times 10 AM, 2 PM, and 4 PM (the recommended times of day to have a Dr. Pepper) and the word "O'clock" in black lettering. The right lower area of the sign has a mercury style, Fahrenheit thermometer.  This thermometer measures 25 1/2 inches tall by 9 3/4 inches wide, and is 5/8 inches deep. It is a single sided, tin litho that is rectangular in shape, with rounded corners. Like all of our products,  ships ready to display. Like all of our vintage collectible signs, this vintage Pepsi thermometer sign is sold in original unrestored condition, as pictured, because we believe that every ding, dent, and blemish is part of the history of the item. Due to the significant rusting on this sign, it would be classified by most collectors as Good/Fair (G/F) Condition.

Drink Dr. Pepper Thermometer Additional Details

Drink Dr. Pepper Thermometer Sign

At we have one of the largest collections of authentic vintage signs available for sale anywhere in the world. We specialize in rare, investment quality collectible memorabilia, and centerpiece quality, world class fine art items. However, we stock items of all conditions from Near Mint And New Old Stock, all the way down to Fair condition items such as this Drink Dr. Pepper Thermometer with significant rust. Items like this are the perfect starter item if you are looking for something original, but a pristine item is out of your budget.

Advertising thermometers were a popular item between the 1920s and 1960s, and were distributed by a great number of brands. Common antique and vintage thermometers include the round ones resembling a clock face, with a hand pointing to the temperature. The vertical rectangular (such as this sign), or cigar-shaped thermometers with a mercury meter in the middle were also popular. Thermometers reached their peak popularity in the 1950's and 1960's, with some advertising thermometers, such as this, were often in the shape of a bottle. Common advertising thermometer Brands including Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, Mail Pouch Tobacco, Hills Bros. Coffee, John Deere, Pabst, Sunbeam Bread, Nesbitt's, Exide Batteries, Royal Crown Cola, and Hire's Root Beer all issued thermometer signs at some point. We sell rare, collectible items from dozens of soft drink companies, including Coca-Cola, Dr. Pepper, Royal Crown Cola, Nesbitt's, and more. Like all of our vintage collectible signage, this vintage Drink Dr. Pepper thermometer sign is an original item. We are a one stop shop when it comes to outfitting your man cave or game room. We can can outfit an entire 1950-1960's style soda shop for you, or help you find that one special item that has been missing from your collection. We are a one stop shop for vintage soda collectibles, in addition to signs, and also have fully restored original vending machines. These machines are restored to working, museum quality condition and include original, period correct signage, logos, and paint schemes. Our vending machine restorations are the best in the business because nobody has been doing it longer, or pays as much attention to detail.

We specialize in original collectible advertising from America's most iconic brands. Don't be duped by fakes, or settle for low quality reproductions that will never have any long term appreciable value. At, we only deal in fine are quality collectibles with appreciable value that are guaranteed to be authentic (even when dealing with lesser condition items such as this), and backed by over a century in experience. Call us today at 1-800-292-0008 to ask for pricing on this vintage Dr. Pepper thermometer sign, or any of our other vintage soda shop and drug store signs.

Drink Dr. Pepper Thermometer Sign Info

When we use the terms "Museum Quality" and "Historically Correct," we are indicating our world-class process. We absolutely preserve all original signs, badges, glass with anomalies, natural aged patinas, and everything that makes a vintage item collectible. Maintaining non-structural damage, all age, wear, and tear is proudly displayed to showcase each item's unique charm.

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