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    Posted 5 years ago

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    Picked a 30 x 22 in. (Hand painted?)United Motors Service Delco Battery double sided sign I believe it is from 1910 has a serial number of A-491

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    1. Rogg49, 5 years ago
      Has anyone seen another?
    2. gargoylecollector gargoylecollector, 5 years ago
      I think these are called lithographed signs,painted but not by hand.And why do you think it was from 1910?U-M-S was started in 1916.I believe this sign is more like late 30's early 40's.
    3. Rogg49, 5 years ago
      I was told it was from 1910 but i wasn't sure and I thought that the inconsistency of the paint lines hinted to it being hand painted with a stencil. I'm not at all an expert in theses signs but I know I liked it. I appreciate your help.
    4. Tsharp, 7 months ago
      U.M.S. was founded in 1916. There was two different cars used in the sign. The first ran from 1916 to about the early 30’s. The 2nd/newer/last car was used from the early 30’s until 1960. This is the newer car. But with the newer car & the word service at the bottom (instead of across the middle/on the car), this would date to the early 30’s, when the sign was “changing over.”
    5. Tsharp, 7 months ago
      You can “somewhat” date the signs just by looking at the U.M.S. logo. Another way is by looking at the form number at the bottom. The 20’s & 30’s typically have a 3 digit number, ie A-539. Sometime in the 40’s, they hit low, four digit numbers, ie A-1098. The 50’s thru early 70’s were high, four digit numbers, ie A-8900. They stopped using the form number sometime in the early to mid 70’s. Started using a different format/sequence. This signs form number is definitely in line with the logo & early 30’s era.

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