Vintage Pontiac Dealership Neon Sign: With Custom Rolling Stand – PS1939
This One-Of-A-Kind, Original, Porcelain Enamel, Pontiac Dealership Sign From The 1930’s, Features A 101 Point Neon And Electrical Restoration, Including A New Electrical Components, Wiring And Mounts, Solid State Transformers, And Neon Tubes Hand Blown And Bent By Our In House Master Glass Blowers
Measuring 6 Feet Wide, This Is A Centerpiece Quality Item For Even The Most Serious Automobilia Aficionado, And Comes On A Custom Built Rolling Stand So That It Can Be Moved Easily, And To Top It All Off, Has Received Award Winning Artist H.J. Nick’s Brass Tag Signature Certification (Recognized By Experience Collectors And Insurers Worldwide) As World Class Fine Art, Museum And Investment Quality Memorabilia
Pontiac Dealership Vintage Neon Sign: Original Porcelain Enamel
This is a rare original Pontiac dealership neon sign from the 1930's in working condition, with fully restored neon, and on a custom made, rolling metal stand (The heavy duty wheeled stand is weighted and can be taken apart for easy hauling. Wheels are mar proof and can be rolled on any finished floor.). This vintage Pontiac dealership sign was manufactured by Walker & Co. of Detroit, Michigan. It is a genuine vintage porcelain enamel sign with neon. The sign is rectangular in shape, with rounded corners and 4 horizontal white stripes that go around the sign, which give it an Art Deco feel that was popular in the era. The vintage Pontiac Dealership neon sign measure 72 inches (6 feet) wide, by 45 inches tall, and is 12 inches deep (with electrical components housed inside of the sign). Including the wheeled stand (55 3/4 inches tall), the sign is 100 3/4 Inches tall in total, and has a 5 foot diameter at the the base. (The 5 foot diameter base is a two step display base with two 6 inch steps for displaying smaller collectibles). The word "PONTIAC" is in white lettering on both sides of the sign at the bottom. Intersecting with the 4 stripes, there is red Pontiac, Indian Head Logo (used from 1930-1959) in the upper right area of both sides of the sign. The word "PONTIAC" and the 4 stripes light up in white neon. The Indian Head Logo lights up in red neon.
This vintage neon sign is an example of historic automobila signage from early days of the American automotive industrial revolution. It is perfect for display in any man cave, game room, or automotive business. Like all of our collectible signs, this vintage Pontiac Dealership neon sign is sold in original, unrestored condition as pictured. This sign has fairly significant dings and chipping to the enamel on the sign face, as is consistent with the type of wear that is usually seen on signs from this era. This type of damage is extremely common in signs that were displayed outdoors, and would commonly be struck by wind blown items during storms. Other than these dings, the sign is fairly free of damage, has mostly clean lettering, and most importantly is free of rust. The sign overall is in Very Good/Excellent (VG/Exl) condition, which is a rare find in itself, and is as clean of an example of this now over 90-year-old sign that you will find, that was actually used.
Vintage Pontiac Dealership Neon Sign Specifications
- Type: Double Sided Genuine Vintage Porcelain Enamel Sign With Electrical Components Housed Inside
- Style: Horizontally Oriented Rectangular Sign With Rounded Art Deco Corners On Custom Rolling Metal Stand
- Company: Pontiac
- Product: Car Dealership
- Era: 1930's
- Manufacture: Walker And Co.
- Place Of Manufacture: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.
- Color:Navy Blue/White/Red
- Neon Color: White (Lettering Of Word "Pontiac"/White Stripes)/Red (Indian Head Logo)
- Dimensions: Sign: 72 Inches Wide By 45 Inches Tall By 12 Inches Deep (With Electrical Components Housed Inside The Sign) | Base: 55 3/4 Inches Tall By 5 Feet Diameter Base - Total Height: 100 3/4"
- Condition: Original Genuine Porcelain Enamel Sign Not Restored Or Doctored (As-Pictured, See Photos For Details)
- Neon Details: All Neon And Solid State Transformers (4 VENTEX Brand 11,000 Volt Transformers With Standard 110 Volt Plug), Wiring Mounts, Switches, And Wires Have Been Replaced
- Stand And Base: Comes On Custom Metal (Diamond Plated) Rolling Display Stand With 5 Foot Diameter Display Base That Has Two, 6 Inch Steps For Displaying Smaller Collectibles, And Mar Proof Wheels So That It Can Be Easily Moved On Any Surface
- Neon Has Separate Toggle Pull Chord As Pictured So That The Sign Can Easily Be Switched On And Off Without Unplugging
- Certification: Brass Tag Signed By Award Winning Artist H.J. Nick
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101 Point Neon And Electrical Restoration
We do not believe in restoring damage to porcelain enamel signs, because it is our belief, and the prevailing belief among collectors that this type of wear is part of that item's story. Furthermore, there is no correct way to add new porcelain in a manor that would be consistent with a full museum quality restoration, and attempts at these types of restorations are generally frowned upon in the collector community. The only exception to this rule is when dealing with neon and electrical components, which is why we have done a 101 point, museum quality neon restoration on this vintage Pontiac Dealership neon sign. These neon restorations are done under the supervision of, certified, and signed by award winning artist H.J. Nick as meeting all world class fine are 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. All neon restored by our in house glass blowers, who have blown new glass using the same techniques and materials that were used for the original neon. Also, any electrical parts including wiring and solid state transformers have been replaced. The neon features a separate on/off toggle pull cord (as pictured).
Pontiac Dealership Vintage Neon Sign Additional Details
This vintage Pontiac Dealership neon 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 automobilia and petroliana restorations are the best in the business because nobody has been doing it longer, or pays as much attention to detail.
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.
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Pontiac Brand History
Pontiac gained a reputation for producing performance-oriented vehicles, including muscle cars like the GTO, Firebird, and Trans Am, which became cultural icons and garnered a devoted following. These vehicles often featured powerful engines and distinctive styling, contributing to the brand's legacy.
However, by the early 2000s, Pontiac faced challenges related to shifting consumer preferences, economic factors, and changes within the automotive industry. In 2009, General Motors filed for bankruptcy, and as part of its restructuring efforts, the decision was made to discontinue the Pontiac brand.
While Pontiac is no longer producing vehicles, its legacy lives on in the hearts of enthusiasts and in the numerous iconic cars it produced over the decades. The brand's logo, especially the Arrowhead emblem, remains a symbol of its performance heritage and the spirit of American muscle cars.
Pontiac Logo History
The Pontiac brand was a division of General Motors (GM) that produced a range of vehicles known for their performance, style, and innovation. Founded in 1926, Pontiac quickly gained popularity and became a significant player in the American automotive industry. The brand was named after Chief Pontiac, an indigenous leader of the Ottawa tribe in the 18th century.
Pontiac Logo Evolution:
- Early Logos (1926-1956): The original Pontiac logo featured a Native American chief's head in profile, symbolizing the brand's connection to its namesake and paying homage to the Native American heritage. This logo emphasized the brand's spirit of adventure and innovation.
- 1957-1962: During this period, Pontiac introduced a simplified, more abstract logo known as the "Dart." It featured a stylized silver dart or arrowhead with a red center. This logo represented speed, precision, and modernity.
- 1963-1966: Pontiac adopted a more classic design during these years. The logo showcased a red arrowhead with a silver outline and a center adorned with the brand's signature silver streaks. This design emphasized the brand's commitment to performance and speed.
- 1967-2008: The most iconic and recognizable Pontiac logo was introduced in 1967 and became synonymous with the brand's high-performance image. Known as the "Arrowhead," this logo featured a red arrowhead with two silver streaks, creating a dynamic and aggressive appearance. This logo was often associated with Pontiac's muscle car era and contributed to the brand's popularity among enthusiasts.
- 2009-Present (Discontinued): In 2009, as part of a corporate rebranding effort by General Motors, Pontiac unveiled a new logo that aimed for a more modern and polished look. It retained the familiar red arrowhead but simplified the design by removing the silver streaks. Unfortunately, Pontiac faced financial challenges during this time and struggled to maintain its identity in a changing automotive landscape. As a result, the Pontiac brand was officially discontinued in 2010.
Walker & Company (Sign Manufacturer) History
The Walker & Company was established in 1885 by two brothers, Henry and John Walker located in Detroit, MI. Walker and Company was a prominent sign company based in Detroit, Michigan, with a rich history and significant contributions to the city's signage and advertising landscape. The company played a vital role in shaping the visual identity of Detroit and beyond.
Founding and Early Years: Walker and Company was established by Frank Walker in the late 19th century. The exact founding date seems to vary in different sources. Walker, along with his team of skilled craftsmen and designers, focused on creating high-quality, custom-made signs for businesses, theaters, and other establishments in Detroit and the surrounding areas.
Innovations and Impact: Walker and Company quickly gained a reputation for their innovative and creative approach to sign-making. They were known for utilizing cutting-edge technologies and materials of the time to produce visually striking and captivating signs. Their work ranged from intricate hand-painted signs to neon displays, and they were often at the forefront of incorporating new design trends.
During the heyday of Detroit's automotive industry, Walker and Company's signs could be seen adorning car dealerships, theaters, hotels, and various businesses throughout the city. Their work not only served as effective advertising tools but also contributed to the aesthetic appeal of Detroit's urban landscape.
Iconic Signage: One of the most iconic signs created by Walker and Company was the renowned "Uniroyal Tire" sign, which featured a giant tire and neon lettering. This sign stood as a landmark along Detroit's highways and became a symbol of the city. Although the original Uniroyal sign was eventually taken down, it remains a cherished memory for Detroit residents.
Enduring Legacy: As times changed and the advertising industry evolved, Walker and Company continued to adapt and provide innovative solutions to their clients. However, like many traditional sign companies, they faced challenges with the rise of digital advertising and changing consumer preferences.
While specific details about the company's later years and eventual closure may be less widely documented, Walker and Company's legacy lives on through the signs they created and the impact they had on Detroit's visual culture. The company's work is still remembered and celebrated by historians, enthusiasts, and those who appreciate the historical significance of Detroit's signage heritage.
Today, the signs created by Walker and Company serve as a reminder of a bygone era and the craftsmanship that went into producing captivating and enduring pieces of visual art that left a lasting impression on the city of Detroit.
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