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Blank Texaco Keyhole Sign
#702807 Fri Jan 19 2018 08:16 AM
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I just purchased this Texaco Distributor Keyhole Sign. I was needing some help....what exactly is the story on these blank ones? Any info would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Blank Texaco Keyhole Sign
Stephenwarren30 #702828 Fri Jan 19 2018 11:35 AM
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could just paint in the distributor name. or at least thats what i assume they did. or maybe leave it blank and it still serves its purpose as a truck door identification sign


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Re: Blank Texaco Keyhole Sign
Stephenwarren30 #702859 Fri Jan 19 2018 10:44 PM
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I am going to assume something here. Signs were made in large quantities, so the name of the distributer was probably painted on the sign long after it was made. It would be to expensive to make one porcelain sign with the name. Correct me if you have better information.

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Re: Blank Texaco Keyhole Sign
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Thanks Bryce and Jack!

Re: Blank Texaco Keyhole Sign
Stephenwarren30 #703177 Tue Jan 23 2018 11:47 PM
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They were left blank intentionally so the name could be changed easily... why I'm not 100% sure ? . Maybe for areas where a "strong" business had not yet been established ? Or for starting companies that were waiting on the permanent ones to be made ? The vast majority will have the owners name permanently fired in the porcelain with "agent" "distributor" or " consignee". The blanks are my favorite, If for sale please PM me.......

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In the mid-1970s I was a Shell dealer. For many reasons I soon hated Shell and told them to stick it. I didn't even think of taking the name of my station that was above the door, I just wanted out.

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Re: Blank Texaco Keyhole Sign
Jack Sim #724816 Thu Feb 14 2019 08:59 PM
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I just purchased one of these signs today; mine is blank on the bottom and in the same condition as yours. I believe It has the same 3-41 date if I read yours correctly mine is still wrapped in cardboard not unpacked yet.

Re: Blank Texaco Keyhole Sign
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Since first posting this thread I have mounted my 2 keyhole signs in the garage, side by side. You can see the contrast between the two signs and envision what the Grace Distributor would have looked like in the blank condition beforehand.

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Here is a keyhole from Ardmore, OK found in a bulk plant. It is the early agent version but you can still see the hand-painted dealer’s name as was the practice with these “blank” versions.

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Re: Blank Texaco Keyhole Sign
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I’d like to get a blank one & have my name put on it. Anybody got a blank one there tired of looking at? Even a rough one?


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