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Posted 6 years ago


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I actually found this Esso Porcelain sign by contacting the Ebay seller of another Esso sign that I bid on but got beat out, so I contacted them and found out they had this one and I got it for $180 LESS than the EBay one sold for, that one was in nicer shape but I'd take this deal over that one any day! I'm showing you the bad side, have not cleaned the good side yet. The guy I baught the sign from found them in the woods laying on the ground for years at his uncles property, his uncle use to put up signs at gas stations and install pumps. OK, 2 more pictures of other side posted now. date on the bottom says I.R.53.A


  1. Signaholic Signaholic, 6 years ago
    Cool EJW, I wanna see the good side. The bad doesn't look all that bad honestly for the money you gave. Get out that Bar Keeper's Friend and warm water and git her done! Great score
  2. Signaholic Signaholic, 6 years ago
    Looks like 1970s to me.
  3. EJW-54 EJW-54, 6 years ago
    Thanks Signaholic, I've got to try some of that barkeepers friend, this sign dates back to at least the 50's, if you checkout my post "2 special photo's" you see 2 of these signs in the backgound in that 50's photo. I'll post the other side tomorrow on this same post.
  4. tommy1002 tommy1002, 6 years ago
    Great find!!!!! I would just about trade ya for my westy, lol. This is one that's been on my list and most folks that have em want second mortgage prices.
  5. EJW-54 EJW-54, 6 years ago
    Thanks Tommy, keep looking and you'll find one, i just lucked out finding one within 3 hrs. of me, "it pays to ask" really worked this time!
  6. tommy1002 tommy1002, 6 years ago
    Three hours from ya puts ya an hour from me if ya head east,lol. Did you hit the Madison Antique show this summer?
  7. EJW-54 EJW-54, 6 years ago
    tommy, this sign was in Moravia NY, he has one more Esso sign, its two one sided signs and a frame that they go in, its in rough condition and large 7', let me know if your interested. Yes we went to Bouckville this year for the first time and hope to go next yr too. I was going to try to go to those antique shops this fall but didnt make it.
  8. EJW-54 EJW-54, 6 years ago
    I have posted 2 more pictures of the better side and also found the date at the bottom I.R.53.A
  9. tommy1002 tommy1002, 6 years ago
    I'm gonna pass on the big one this time. I missed the B'ville fair this year because of work, last year I was working in Rome, NY. So we hit it for the first time. There is a big fair in Mass. twice a year that we have yet to hit.
  10. EJW-54 EJW-54, 6 years ago
    Thanks stonesfan1 and officialfuel for looking and likes/loves.
  11. kerry10456 kerry10456, 6 years ago
    Looks Great,
  12. EJW-54 EJW-54, 6 years ago
    Thanks aycockonxion for likes and kerry for loves and compliment!
  13. EJW-54 EJW-54, 6 years ago
    Thanks jameyrd glad you love this, I'd love it more if it didnt have that one bad spot rusted away but I got a good deal on this so I'm happy.
  14. jameyrd jameyrd, 6 years ago
    They are too hard to find to worry about a rust spot; a real nice find!
  15. EJW-54 EJW-54, 6 years ago
    Thanks MMM,Pop_abides and BELLIN68 for checking this out glad you love it.
  16. EJW-54 EJW-54, 6 years ago
    Thanks Trey for all.
  17. toolate2 toolate2, 6 years ago
    My Dad had an Esso station when I was a kid. I'm always looking for stuff related to his station. So far, I've found It was in the early 60's in a very small town in NH so there probably isn't that much out there. Very nice sign! Thanks for sharing!!
  18. EJW-54 EJW-54, 6 years ago
    toolate2, good luck on your search, the only thing we have from my wifes Grandfathers Esso station is a cheap plastic esso bank, its dissapointing to think what happened to all the pumps, signs, tools, oil cans, cash register etc. when they closed down, his own children dont even know.
  19. EJW-54 EJW-54, 6 years ago
    Thankyou to pickrknows, Vontrike, toolate2 and fhrjr2
  20. qmong qmong, 6 years ago
    ....Love your ESSO sign. My family had an ESSO station, beginning in 1938 on route 30 in Pennsylvania, and the following 45 years....Of course they changed the name to Exxon and other names much later.
  21. EJW-54 EJW-54, 6 years ago
    Thanks qmong, do you have anything from your family ESSO Station? I'm allways searching for anything from my wifes Grandpa's ESSO.
  22. qmong qmong, 6 years ago
    .....I'd have to give it some deep thought of anything here from the station...but if you will send me your email, {}, I'll send an old black / white photo image of the station right before WWII, and a pic. of a painting done by a professonal artist while the business was "mothballed" during WWII. Older brother was off to war. The painter changed the word "ESSO" in the painting, perhaps for legal reasons....The original painting hangs in the Greensburg, Pa. Art museum.
  23. Rattletrap Rattletrap, 2 years ago
    Nice sign & I like a few wear and Tear marks on them so they look real

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