Vintage Flying A Roadside Sign: 101 Point Neon Restoration – NS6556
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This Sign Features A 101 Point Neon Restoration To Working, World Class Fine Art, Museum Condition, Including All New Electrical Components, Solid State Transformers, Wiring, Mounts, And Hand Blown And Hand Bent Neon Tubes By Our In-House Master Glass Blowers, And Has Received Award Winning Artist H.J. Nick’s Brass Tag Signature Certification
Vintage Flying A Roadside Sign: 101 Point Neon Restoration
This vintage Flying A roadside sign is mounted on its original metal pole, and was used at service stations in the 1920's, and measures 4 feet in diameter. This authentic gasoline advertisement for Flying A gas stations is just one of hundreds of original, collectible petroliana signs currently available from ArtFactory.com. This style and size of sign was notably popular as a form of roadside advertising throughout the mid-Twentieth Century. It is mounted on a 8 foot tall metal pole, as it would have been originally displayed so that passing motorists would be able to see the sign from many miles away. With the 8-foot-tall metal pole, this displays at a full height of 12 feet 2 inches. The porcelain vintage Flying A Roadside sign has a 4 foot diameter sign face, with the die cut wings extending out and additional 6 inches to the tips, on each side, giving the sign a width of 5 feet, at its widest point. The heavy steel pole has a 25 inch wide by 19 inch deep base. It is one of the truly iconic advertising signs from this era. Due to its extra large size, the vintage Flying A roadside sign is a true collection centerpiece type item, is an extremely rare find, and highly collector coveted item. It is a round (with die cut wings), double sided, genuine vintage porcelain enamel sign. It has a red background with a white Flying A, winged "A" logo in the center. It reads" FLYING" at the top of the sign, and "SERVICE" at the bottom of the sign, both in white block style lettering. It lights up in white neon around the border of the words "FLYING" and "SERVICE", and around the letter "A" in the Winged "A" logo, with the wings lighting up in red neon, and flashing alternately to give the appearance of the wings flapping. To top it all off, this vintage Texaco neon sign features a separate on/off toggle pull cord, as pictured, so the sign can easily be turned on and off without unplugging. This sign is perfect collection centerpiece for even the most serious petroliana and automobilia aficionado.
Like all of our collectible signs, this vintage Flying A roadside sign is sold in original, unrestored condition as pictured. We do not believe in restoring old signs because it is our belief that every ding, dent, and blemish is part of the story and history of the item. This sign is in great condition for an item that is now nearing, 100-years-old, but also shows its age with a number of small chips to the porcelain. These small chips are found in several areas on the sign face, but mostly notably just below the logo area, with the most notable ding just below the letter "A".
Vintage Flying A Roadside Sign Specifications
- Type: Genuine Vintage Porcelain Enamel Roadside Sign On Metal Pole
- Sides: Double Sided Sign Mounted In Heavy Metal Original Structural Ring
- Shape: Round Sign With Die Cut Wings On Tall Heavy Metal Pole Built For High Wind Speeds
- Company: Tidewater Petroleum
- Product: Flying A Gasoline
- Date Of Manufacture: 1920's
- Country Of Manufacture: U.S.A.
- Color: Red/White
- Neon Color: White (Border Of "Flying A Service" Lettering)/Red FLASHING (Wings)
- All Original Neon Maps Are Furnished To Make Replacement Of Broken Neon Should The Need Occur
- Dimensions: 48 Inches (4 Feet) Diameter Porcelain Sign By 60 Inches (5 Feet) At Widest Point (To The Tip Of The Wings Which Extend An Additional 6 Inches Out On Either Side Of The Sign)/Base 25 Inches Wide By 19 Inches Deep (Total Height 146 Inches (12 Feet 2 Inches Including 8 Foot (96 Inches) Tall Metal Pole)
- Base Is Heavy Steel With Structural Mounting "S" With Bolt Down Holes.
- Condition: Original Genuine Porcelain Enamel Sign Not Restored Or Doctored (As-Pictured, See Photos For Details)
- Neon Details: All Neon And Solid State Transformers And Flashers, Wiring Mounts, Switches, And Wires Have Been Replaced.
- Variable Speed Flasher (To Give The Appearance Of The Wings Flapping) Can Be Slowed Down Or Sped Up
- Hand Blown All New Neon Glass Same As Original By Our In-House Master Glass Blowers
- Certification: Brass Tag Signature Certified By Award Winning Artist H.J. Nick
These types of small dings to the porcelain enamel are extremely common with signs that were displayed outdoors, and especially those displayed at roadside. The dings to the porcelain are consistent with the type of damage you would see if the sign was struck by a wind blown objects. Fortuitously, these areas of damage are almost exclusively in the red background areas, while the lettering and graphic areas are fairly clean.
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This vintage Flying A roadside sign is in Excellent/Very Good Plus (EXL/VG+) condition overall. We do not believe in restoring damage such as dings, dents, scratches, or damage to porcelain enamel. Restoring damage to vintage porcelain signs is frowned upon in the collector community because there is simply no way to repair this type of damage that is consistent with the standards of a museum quality restoration. Most often attempts at this type of restoration leaves the item looking worse than its original condition. Furthermore, it is our belief that every ding, dent, and blemish is part of that item's unique history, and helps to tell its story. The only exception to this is when dealing with neon and electrical components.
That is why this vintage Flying A roadside sign has received a 101 point, world class fine art and museum quality, neon and electrical restoration. This means that all electrical components have been replaced, includeing any wiring, mounts, switches, and ALL SOLID STATE TRANSFORMERS AND FLASHERS. The neon tubes are hand blown and hand bent by our in-house master glass blowers using historically correct techniques. This restoration is completed according to the specifications, and under the supervision of, award winning artist H.J. Nick. An item does not receive his brass tag signature certification until it has been found to meet all world class fine art qualifications. This certification means each item bearing his signature is backed by over 100 years of manufacturing world class fine art handmade furnishings, and restoring America's finest collectibles to original, museum quality condition. Also, any electrical parts including wiring and solid state transformers and flashers have been replaced.
Vintage Flying A Roadside Sign Additional Details
This vintage Flying A roadside sign, and all of our signs are guaranteed to be authentic, backed by over a century of experience in the antiques and collectibles marketplace. This sign is original memorabilia from one of America's most iconic brands. We are a one stop shop when it comes to outfitting your man cave or game room. We can can outfit an entire gas station or automotive themed room for you, or help you find that one special item that has been missing from your collection. In addition to signs, we have vintage visible gas pumps, oil pumps, lubesters, and more, that we have fully restored to working, museum quality condition. Our petroliana restorations are the best in the business because nobody has been doing it longer, or pays as much attention to detail.
This rare porcelain, vintage Flying A roadside sign is the perfect conversation piece that will wow your friends and clients alike. Like all of our vintage collectible signs, it is guaranteed authentic, investment quality memorabilia. We specialize in those hard to find signs that serious collectors are looking for. All antique collectables offered are genuine memorabilia and appreciable assets, not fake reproductions. All items are fine collectible art at the highest world class collector level. Contact us for pricing on this, vintage Flying A roadside sign, or any of our collectible Americana, antique signs, old gas pumps, and classic collectibles at 1-800-292-0008.
ArtFactory.com & Award Winning Artist H.J. Nick Brass Tag Certification Details
The H.J. Nick Brass Tag Certification ensures each piece to be the genuine article. Backed by our over a century of experience, with our word is our bond reputation and guaranteeing or your money back “forever". The H.J. Nick Brass Tag Certification makes this item one of the highest appreciating, collectible investments that you can make. These items can be insured at stated value, usually on your home owners policy, for little added premium. Thus, making this a safer investment than even those insured by the FDIC, is much more fun to own, and puts you in control instead of the bank.
Flying A Gasoline History
The Flying A gasoline brand was a prominent part of American automotive history. Flying A was a gasoline and motor oil brand that was associated with Tidewater Oil Company, which eventually became a part of the Getty Oil Company. Here's a brief history of Flying A gasoline:
- Early Years: Flying A was first introduced in the early 20th century, around 1911, by Tidewater Oil Company. Tidewater Oil was founded in New York in 1887 and had been involved in the oil and gasoline business for several years before introducing the Flying A brand.
- Expansion and Growth: Flying A gasoline quickly gained popularity in the United States. Tidewater Oil expanded its distribution network, and the Flying A logo, featuring a winged horse, became well-recognized.
- Getty Acquisition: In 1934, J. Paul Getty's Getty Oil Company acquired Tidewater Oil, including the Flying A brand. Getty was a prominent figure in the oil industry, and his company continued to use the Flying A brand for its gasoline and motor oil products.
- Post-World War II Era: After World War II, the Flying A brand continued to expand its presence in the American market. Getty Oil built a network of Flying A service stations across the country, and the brand became a common sight on American roads.
- 1950s and 1960s: During the 1950s and 1960s, Flying A stations often featured distinctive architecture and signage. The company also sponsored various racing events and had a presence in motorsports.
- Rebranding as Getty: In the 1960s, Getty Oil decided to rebrand its gasoline stations under the Getty name. This led to the gradual phasing out of the Flying A brand in favor of the Getty brand.
- Legacy: While the Flying A brand itself faded from use, the winged horse logo and the nostalgia associated with it continue to be remembered by enthusiasts of vintage advertising and petroleum memorabilia.
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