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#33791 - Mon May 05 2008 01:13 AM Re: Look at what I just dug up..
dodogas Offline
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Loc: Kelowna British Columbia Canad...
Cool inheritance.. Grandpa knew what he was doing, cuz they were only worth 5 bucks back then!!

Looks like you are over 5K already.

So are you living on this property & it has been in your family since Grandpa?.. cool story..

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#33792 - Mon May 05 2008 05:52 AM Re: Look at what I just dug up..
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You are now a "Honey Dipper"
There may be all kinds of old bottles and junk in the old hole
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#33793 - Mon May 05 2008 06:50 AM Re: Look at what I just dug up..
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Loc: PECONIC BAY, L.I., NY, USA
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#33794 - Mon May 05 2008 07:28 AM Re: Look at what I just dug up..
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Registered: Sun Oct 21 2007
Loc: Mass
Well Doc, now we all know where you spend your "EXPLORING" days, Just think? one of your HOT models in a vintage outhouse bending over looking into the hole, Would that be a classic photo, OH! don't forget the cutoff jean shorts. Rick

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#33795 - Mon May 05 2008 08:07 AM Re: Look at what I just dug up..
THE AMERICAN GARAGE Offline
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HA-HA! WHAT A CREATIVE IMAGINATION....NOT! YOU'LL NOTICE I DIDN'T PARTAKE IN THAT DISCUSSION. DOC DON'T DOO-DOO OUTHOUSES! LOL!

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#33796 - Mon May 05 2008 08:13 AM Re: Look at what I just dug up..
chrisbowers Offline
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Registered: Mon Nov 22 2004
Loc: Baltimore, MD
Would love to see how the clean up. Awesome find! You should get a metal detector and sweep around your property, who knows what grampa burried there!

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#33797 - Mon May 05 2008 08:57 AM Re: Look at what I just dug up..
bonjimmi Offline
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Registered: Sat Feb 25 2006
Loc: Wappingers Falls New York
My grandfather bought the property and built the house around 31 or 32. My mom lived there her whole life. When mom & dad got married they put in a trailer on the lower part of property, thats where I lived until my grand father passed away in the early 80's, then we moved up into his house. I subdived the property in 94 and built my house where the trailer was. The rest of the property looks the same as when my grandfather lived there. My friend said he would lend me his metal detector to poke around the yard. I am going to dig in the spot where the signs are barried stright up & down. Who knows what my grand parents through down there. I also know that there are 2 more 6' signs ontop of the sespool. I remember digging it up with my father around 88 or 89 to get it pumped out, the signs were in very nice condition back then. I will keep ya updated on what I find.
Jim

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#33798 - Mon May 05 2008 09:17 AM Re: Look at what I just dug up..
Jack R Offline
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Registered: Fri Feb 27 2004
Loc: Las Vegas, Nevada
Nice find, but keep digging.

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#33799 - Mon May 05 2008 09:46 AM Re: Look at what I just dug up..
DCpate Offline
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Registered: Wed Nov 08 2000
Loc: Norman, OK
Fascinating find...and even better story...

Post pics of what the signs look like cleaned up!!

Question: Where did oldtimers find 6 or 7 Socony signs at once?? I've always wondered if the signs were left out in the open for anyone to take once they switched signs...
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#33800 - Mon May 05 2008 10:25 AM Re: Look at what I just dug up..
bonjimmi Offline
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Registered: Sat Feb 25 2006
Loc: Wappingers Falls New York
I think the ones I pulled out already will clean up nice. The spots you see in the pic is just dirt. The 6' sign only has one little chip in it and the top flange is gone. The 4' looks to be in nice shape to.
My grandfather drove a tanker truck for mobil from 29 to I think 66. Looks like he brought home a lot of signs from the different mobil stations on his run. If you remember a couple of years ago this is how I got my gargoyle mobiloil cabinets, they were in my grandfathers celler sence the 50's. He worked for mobil when they changed from SOCONY to SOCONY VACUUM in 1931 then to MOBIL in the 50's. I would think every time they changed names they would change signs. My grandfather was probbley doing them a fovor by taken the signs from the stations.

Jim

[This message has been edited by bonjimmi (edited 05-05-2008).]

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#33801 - Mon May 05 2008 12:53 PM Re: Look at what I just dug up..
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Registered: Thu Sep 20 2007
Loc: Hillsdale, Michigan
WOW! This really is a neat find. As a "poor" young Mobil collector I know it will be a few years down the road before I will add a large sign like these to my collection. But to find a pile of them in the back yard, unbelievable! I'm anxious to see how they look cleaned, as everyone else is. I'm sure the dumps are full of these old signs, and have wondered how they might come out after 50+ years of being buried. I'm sure this will give me a clue. Great find for sure! Congrats. Just a side ?, why did you rebury the ones that covered the sespool years ago? Did you not collect old gas then? Heck, even if I didn't collect gas items I probably would have sold them years ago if I knew they were there as I'm sure they had some value in the mid 80's.
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#33802 - Mon May 05 2008 01:24 PM Re: Look at what I just dug up..
bonjimmi Offline
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Registered: Sat Feb 25 2006
Loc: Wappingers Falls New York
Back when we had the sespool pumped out I was about 19 years old and did not collect mobil signs yet. And my father probley would not have let me take the lid off the sespool that was there for 50 years. I didn't start collecting until I found the gargoyle cabinets, then I started to look for other mobil stuff.

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#33803 - Mon May 05 2008 03:46 PM Re: Look at what I just dug up..
marxmobilgas Offline
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Registered: Thu Jul 10 2003
Loc: DFW Texas USA
incredible,
keep pics coming

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#33804 - Mon May 05 2008 05:45 PM Re: Look at what I just dug up..
Chad Haas Offline
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Registered: Sun May 04 2003
Loc: Beaverton, Oregon, USA
If you dig long enough you just might find Jimmy Hoffa.
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#33805 - Mon May 05 2008 05:50 PM Re: Look at what I just dug up..
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Registered: Wed Nov 02 2005
Loc: Antioch,IL
wow!!! great find.i wanna see pics of your yard in about a week!!LOL all dug up
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