One of the segments of the United States economy most affected by the industrial revolution of the late 19th and early 20th centuries was agriculture. During that period, farms that had been relatively small-scale enterprises were transformed by new machinery and fertilizers into food factories. Naturally, entrepreneurs selling products designed to increase a farmer’s production were anxious to get their brands in front of these new rural customers. Thus the proliferation of farm signage and advertising from this period.

Vintage farm and agriculture signs ran the gamut from tasteful or humorous notices on lithographed paper to bold proclamations on embossed tin and porcelain enamel. In addition to planting and harvesting machinery, food-processing equipment, and feed, signs were produced to warn vehicles of cattle and tractor crossing, to discourage trespassing, and to proclaim one’s membership in the local grower’s co-op.

Some advertisers, like feed supplier American Stock Food, used patriotic symbols like Uncle Sam to sell their goods, while Monarch Poultry Feeds used a wooden cutout of a rooster. Crosman Bro’s of Rochester, New York, dramatized the positive impact of its seeds by depicting a farmer carrying a carrot the size of a sow; Oliver Chilled Plow Works depicted its signature product sitting like some sort of monumental sculpture in the middle of a South Bend, Indiana, field. Cypher’s Incubator promised “A Great Hatch” by showing its machine fairly overflowing with yellow chicks; the Empire Cream Separator Company suggested wholesomeness by simply portraying a smiling mother and child.

Some of the most distinctive farm-sign brands include tractor-and-equipment manufacturer John Deere, whose signs are generally green and yellow; corn-seed supplied DEKALB, whose iconic logo is composed of an ear of corn with wings; De Laval, which made automated milkers and cream separators for dairies; McCormick, which was named after the inventor of the mechanical reaper and whose company became International Harvester, the maker of the Farmall.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Advertising Antiques

Advertising Antiques

This classy looking British site features hundreds of high resolution photos of antique porcelain pre-war (enamel) … [read review or visit site]

Historical Marker Database

Historical Marker Database

If you're the type who pulls over when you see a 'historic marker ahead' sign, you'll love this site. Orchestrated … [read review or visit site]

Falvo Collectables Gallery

Falvo Collectables Gallery

Ralph and Carol Falvo's excellent collection of automobiles, petroliana, jukeboxes, soda, and general store items. … [read review or visit site]



Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Vintage 1950's Co Op Coop Gas Pump Globe Farm 2 Sided 18" Embossed SignVintage Ken L Biscuit Embossed Metal Sign Farm DogVintage John Deere Farm Tractor 42" Embossed Metal Sign W/box~very NiceVintage 1950's Steckley's Ear Seed Corn Farm 2 Sided 20" Metal Flange Sign~niceAmazing Red Rooster Porcelain Sign Fruit & Produce Farm Barn Feed Seed Tractor Vintage 1960's Mallard Seed Corn Farm 15" Metal Sign W/duckVintage 1930's Amalie Motor Oil Gas Station Farm 20" Metal SignFisk Gasoline Porcelain Flange Sign Gas Service 2-sided Farm Feed Seed Pig Cow Vintage 1960's Mallard Seed Corn Dealer Farm 24" Metal Sign W/duckNos Vintage Antique United Hagie Feed Seed Tin Non Porcelain Thermometer SignPiggly Wiggly Store 30" 2-sided Porcelain Sign Motor Oil Gas Pig Farm Feed Vintage Pioneer Chain Saws Farm Tool Gas Oil 18" Metal SignVintage 1950's Ken-l-products Dog Food Farm Feed 2 Sided 28" Metal Flange SignVintage Crow's Dealer Seed Corn Farm 22" Embossed Metal SignVintage 1950's Lictonic Horse Feed Farm 20" Embossed Metal Sign~nice1950s Allis Chalmers Farm Tractors Porcelain SignCletrac Crawler Tractors Porcelain Flange 2-sided Farm Sign Doozer Barn Feed Firestone 36" Ground Grip Farm Tires Porcelain Sign Tractor Deere Ih Farm Seed 1950's 36" John Deere Farm Implement Porcelain Sign Tractor Barn Feed Seed Cow Vintage Coyote Seeds Sold Here Corn Farm 18" Metal SignOriginal New Haven Dairy Ice Cream Porcelain Sign Ford Tractor Dealer Porcelain Flange 2-sided Sign Ferguson System Implements Vintage International Harvester Truck & Tractor Dealer Sales Sign. Large 33 X 30Rare!! Lighted John Deere Double Sided Sign Genuine Jd Parts Gas Oil BarnVintage 1960's Good Luck Planting Seed Corn Farm Feed 28" Metal Sign W/horseVintage 1940s Member Texas Cattle Raisers Cow Farm 20" Porcelain Metal Sign~niceVintage 1950's Berkshires Pig Hog Farm Gas Oil Metal License Plate Topper Sign 1930's John Deere Caterpillar Interstate Porcelain Sign Tractor Farm Doozer 1930's Wayne Feeds Porcelain Sign Allied Mills Sack Farm Barn Seed Corn Tractor Feed Nutrena Porcelain Flange 2-sided Farm Sign Poultry Dairy Roster Chix Rare 1940 Quality Southern Farm Products Double Sided Porcelain Advertising SignJohn Deere Vintage Porcelain Metal Sign1936 Texaco Roof Coatings & Cements Tin Metal Sign Tractor Barn Feed Deere Vintage 1969 No Trespassing Hunting Farm Shotgun Gas Oil Feed Seed 14" Sign1950s Vintage Dr Legear Livestock Animal Medicine Old Tin Thermometer SignNew Idea Farm Equipment Porcelain Sign..no ReservePorcelain Thieves Beware Sign Poultry Livestock Farm Barn Pig Cow Cattle Texas Scarce 1930's Sunglo Feeds Porcelain Sign Pig Horse Cow Chix Dekalb Feed Seed Vintage 1950's Badger Farm Equipment Feed Seed 22" Embossed Metal Sign28" Original Caterpillar Tractors Porcelain Sign Sales And Service Farm DoozerRare 1930's Frigidaire General Motors Milk Porcelain Sign Cow Farm Tractor BarnRare 1930's Dayton Milk & Cream Porcelain Sign Dayton,ohio Farm Barn Cow ButterRare 36" Original Flory's Feeds Porcelain Sign Dairy Hog Horse Rabbit FlourVintage Brahmans Breeders Association 18" X 16" Porcelain Cow Sign! Feed & Seed!Purina Chows Porcelain Flange Sign Gas Service 2-sided Farm Feed Seed Pig Cow 36" Morton's Salt Porcelain Sign Milk Man Dairy Feed Seed General Store Farm Rare 1950s Vintage Vit-a-way Livestock Feed Dealer Old Tin Flange SignPlanter's Fertilizers Porcelain Sign Motor Oil Garage Gas Oil Car Ih Barn Vintage 1950's Embro Hybrids Ear Seed Corn Farm 14" Embossed Metal SignOld Vintage Sinclair Farm Sign Garage Oil Gas TractorCowhide Brand Overalls And Pants Porcelain Sign Metal General Store Farm VintageLarge Oak Grove Farm Boston Porcelain Sign Milk Cream Alden Bros. Tractor Rare 28" Cockshutt Porcelain Metal Sign Farm Equipment Bellevue Ohio Farm Ih 1930's Massey-harris Porcelain Farm Metal Sign Farm Equipment Tractor Barn Ih John Deere Porcelain Metal Sign Tractor Farm Barn Plow Implement Equipment DeerVintage Cornelius Seed Corn Dealer Sign Feed Farm Tractor Milk Dairy Cream Ih 1957 Farmers Hybrid Dealer Porcelain License Plate Topper Sign Oil Farm VintageVintage Caterpillar Tractor Sales And Service Sign. Vintage Tractor Sign. 42"Rare 1960's International Harvester Sign Motor Oil Gas Oil Car Barn Tractor Robson Seneca Hybrid Porcelain Flange 2-sided Sign Farm Feed Seed Indian