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    Posted 9 years ago

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    We just met a gentleman named Ron Shukis (seen here with Joanna and Hunter), who is a member of the ATCA ( was delighted with his new purchase of a Bell System Public Telephone sign from the 1940s. This is a real porcelain flange sign, made of steel not aluminum. Ron said the normal price for these is usually around 220. This one was marked at 80 but he got it for 65. Nice Brimfield score!

    Ron has been coming to Brimfield for about 12 years, all three shows. In addition to early Bell and Edison pieces, he also collects quack medicine objects from 1880-1920. In fact, he was on "Oddities" recently, showing off a nose-straightener, which was a contraption that did not do anything close to what its description claimed. He's also started collecting schalmei, which are German fanfare horns.

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    1. Manikin Manikin, 9 years ago
      Wow what fun searching through all the great items there ! Lucky you . So we all get Free Tee's like Hunters right :-) Oh Hunter check for a red plaid jacket like Bo diddley's in Vintage mens apparel while your there :-) We want to see you dancing on youtube in it ok . Great Sign !
    2. Hunter Hunter, 9 years ago
      I'm watching out for it Manikin! I will soon post a blue/green plaid jacket that I'd forgotten all about, but will be wearing very soon thanks to your reminder :)
    3. Manikin Manikin, 9 years ago
      ok holding you to it Hunter does blue dance too ? or just red lol
    4. Signaholic Signaholic, 9 years ago
      Yes, that's an excellent buy at $65! I have the same one and gave I think $75 for mine over 2 years ago.
    5. officialfuel officialfuel, 9 years ago
      I have the same one also. I've had it for years and just can't remember what I gave for it.

    6. electobacco electobacco, 9 years ago
      What an awesome find and great post to share. Impressive. : )
    7. mikielikesigns2 mikielikesigns2, 9 years ago
      im NOT ging to sy i have he EXACT same sign likeofficialfuel,Signaholic (kinda luv that name) ,fifties50s did................but, nice signBrimfield.
    8. Hunter Hunter, 9 years ago
      blue definitely dances too Manikin - but it seems more like a squaredance than rocking and rolling :)
    9. Hunter Hunter, 9 years ago
      check out electotobacco's similar sign here:
    10. sargeguy sargeguy, 6 years ago
      Probably more like a $100-125 sign in good condition, but still an great deal!

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