Neon Reddy Kilowatt Sign: Vintage “Ohio Edison Company” Advertising – NS6178
This Vintage Genuine Porcelain Sign With Fully Rebuilt Neon And All Solid State Transformers Is An Original 1940’s Era Advertisement For Ohio Edison Power
Reddy Kilowatt is a cartoon character that acted as corporate spokesman for electricity generation in the United States and other countries for over seven decades. (Source: Wikipedia)
Neon Reddy Kilowatt Sign: Vintage "Ohio Edison Company" Advertising
This vintage neon Reddy Kilowatt sign, is an authentic genuine vintage genuine porcelain enamel advertisement, that is just one of the hundreds of authentic, original Americana signs and collectibles we currently have available for sale at ArtFactory.com. This single sided round sign measures 30 1/2 inches in diameter and sits on a 6 inch deep metal can. The sign reads "Ohio Edison Company" and features the Reddy Kilowatt character in the center. This is a 3 color sign that features a blue outer, and white inner background, with a red border. The lettering on the sign is white against the blue outer background, and there are red bolts of electricity separating the words. The sign lights up with red neon around the border, white neon on the lettering, red neon on the electric bolts between the words, and the Reddy Kilowatt character lights up in red and white. It is an authentic advertisement that was originally displayed to promote electricity generation, and features the famous Reddy Kilowatt cartoon character that was popular for more than 7 decades. The sign is an original advertisement from the 1940's. All neon, SOLID STATE transformers and electrical parts have been fully rebuilt or replaced by our experts. The neon features a separate on/off toggle.
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Neon Reddy Kilowatt Sign Specifications
- Type: Lighted Vintage Genuine Porcelain Enamel Sign With Fully Rebuilt Neon And Wiring As Well As Metal Housing Can
- Sides: Single Sided
- Shape: Round
- Character: Ready Kilowatt
- Company: Edison Power (Ohio)
- Product: Electricity
- Era: 1940's
- Place Of Manufacture: U.S.A.
- Color: Blue/White/Red
- Neon Color: Red/White(Outline Of Character)/White (Around Lettering)/Red (Electric Bolts Between Words)
- Dimensions: 30 1/2 Inches Diameter (6 Inch Deep Metal Can)
- Condition: Original Porcelain Sign, Not Restored Or Doctored
- As-Is, See Photos For Details
- Neon Details: All neon and solid state transformers, wiring, mounts, switches, and wires have been replaced.
- Comes with H.J. Nick exclusive “Fast Hanger Bar” Allowing a simple and easy way to hang straight and true every time.
- Housing Can Rebuilt In Heavy Gage Steel And Finished For Indoor Or Outdoor Use
- Neon has separate toggle pull chord as pictured so that the sign can easily be switched on and off with out unplugging.
About The Reddy Kilowatt Cartoon Character
Reddy Kilowatt is a cartoon character that acted as corporate spokesman for electricity generation in the United States and other countries for over seven decades. Reddy Kilowatt is drawn as a stick figure whose body, limbs, and hair are made of stylized lightning-bolts and whose bulbous head has a light bulb for a nose and wall outlets for ears. Reddy Kilowatt made his first published appearance on March 14, 1926 in an advertisement in The Birmingham News for the Alabama Power Company (APC). The character was the brainchild of the company's 40-year-old commercial manager, Ashton B. Collins, Sr.
Like other electric utilities of the period, APC was seeking to grow consumer demand for electrical power. Commercially viable AC generating stations had begun powering North American streets and homes by the end of the 19th century. By the mid-1920s electric utilities had succeeded in bringing electricity to virtually all major cities and towns in North America; however, rural areas remained chronically underserved. In 1930 almost 90 percent of farms in the United States were still without access to electric service. Collins was convinced that the best way to win over new customers, including frugal small business owners and skeptical farmers and rural dwellers, was to give his mostly invisible new commodity a more human face.
According to corporate lore, Collins found his inspiration in a dramatic Alabama lightning storm. As he watched the electric discharges strike the ground, he imagined the dancing limbs of a powerful creature, one that could be harnessed in the service of the public. He turned to a colleague, APC engineer Dan Clinton, to create the first drawings of Reddy Kilowatt, an “electrical servant” with lightning bolt arms and legs, wearing safety gloves and shoes. He added a friendly face with a light bulb nose and wall outlets for ears. APC copyrighted the character on March 6, 1926. Over the next few years Reddy appeared in print advertising for the company. He made his first three-dimensional appearance at the Alabama Electrical Exposition of 1926.
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