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Continental Can Company (CCC) & trees? They made cans! But, at one time in its company's history, the CCC was a diversified container packaging company, and was in the business of making glass containers, metal cans, and cardboard boxes. The CCC owned quite a bit of timberland across parts of VA, NC, and GA; and operated a couple of paper mills. The sign on the right is older, but appears to be N/O/S. The nested CCC logo came along way before "PacMan" video games! These signs are nearly impossible to find today. For whatever reason, these CCC signs (and their predecessors that have a red CCC logo) did not have sufficient protection from rusting. These steel signs are known to totally rust out--not just rust the surface, but I mean totally rust apart! It makes me wonder if the steel used for the signs was old rejected low grade steel leftover from the CCC's can making process??? Anyway, some dude on ebay a few years ago had a pile of these green CCC signs, and sold them one at a time. I finally managed to buy one (apparently the "last" one according to the seller), and I was really pleased. The newer-style square sign on the left was acquired in a trade, and I'm pretty sure was the final style of signs used by the company before it broke itself apart and sold-off all of its businesses to the highest bidder. The Hopewell VA paper mill was bought by Stone Container (today part of Rock-Tenn) and the Augusta GA paper mill was bought by Federal Paper Board Company (today part of International Paper). The timberlands were sold-off in pieces, mostly to private owners. If you find a CCC sign, with the red CCC logo....let me know, and let's negotiate!

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