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    Posted 7 years ago

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    I was working at an advertising agency in Peoria, IL a few years ago when they decided enough is enough and started clearing out an old storage area. These signs were in that space. The owners said if anyone wanted them, they could have them. At the time, I thought I would someday find a place for them in my home/workshop/etc. so I claimed them (for free!). I don't know how these signs found their way to the storage space in the agency. The building was purchased in the mid-90s and refurbished into an office. Before that it was a run-down warehouse. It's possible that the signs were in the building when they bought it (there were some other notable-to-locals finds in there). Or, they may have been acquired after it became the agency. It's now 7 or so years later and they are still just hanging out in MY storage space. So, I decided to get them down, take some pictures and see what it is I have as I never did any research on them at the time. Still don't have a place to display them, and it seems a shame.

    The Shell sign is about 6' across at the bottom. From the information and reference I can find online, this is the top half of a larger sign. Interested to know if anyone can identify with any certainty what the bottom half looks like.

    The Sinclair H-C sign is 4' in diameter.

    Now that I know a bit more about them, I have to decide what to do with them! Also, are signs like this typically valuable enough to worry about adding a personal article policy to your homeowners insurance? I'm not a collector and don't know what to expect for value over time.

    Thanks for any information you can add!

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    1. Malvin Malvin, 7 years ago
      I measured and mine is 6 feet wide. I think what you have is the top half. You can see the picture of my bottom half on this website.
    2. lbaumgardner, 7 years ago
      Too bad our two halves are so geographically distant...seems like they should meet up!
    3. Malvin Malvin, 7 years ago
      I agree. Where do you live?
    4. lbaumgardner, 7 years ago
      Central Illinois, near Peoria
    5. Trey Trey, 7 years ago
      Could you please take pic of other side of SHELL sign please, they made signs like this for the roof of the station too.
    6. Trey Trey, 5 years ago
      Did yo ever find the other half?
    7. Malvin Malvin, 5 years ago
      No I have not found the top half. The bottom half I have only has printing on one side. Thanks
    8. Trey Trey, 5 years ago
      Would you sell or trade the bottom half you have Malvin?
    9. Malvin Malvin, 5 years ago
      At the present time I would still like to find a good top half for mine. I am curious as to what price the complete set would bring. ?
    10. Trey Trey, 5 years ago
      I was a day late and a dollar short on one just like yours Malvin and he sold it for 250 in same great condition!
    11. Trey Trey, 4 months ago
      Ibaumgardner I have pics of the other side of shell. Email me at
    12. Tclark1971, 2 months ago
      I have the top half , one sided, 72" wide at bottom. Email if interested.

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