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Re: Look at what I just dug up.. #33791
Sun May 04 2008 11:13 PM
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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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Re: Look at what I just dug up.. #33792
Mon May 05 2008 03:52 AM
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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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Re: Look at what I just dug up.. #33793
Mon May 05 2008 04:50 AM
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PECONIC BAY, L.I., NY, USA
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Re: Look at what I just dug up.. #33794
Mon May 05 2008 05:28 AM
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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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Re: Look at what I just dug up.. #33795
Mon May 05 2008 06:07 AM
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PECONIC BAY, L.I., NY, USA
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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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Re: Look at what I just dug up.. #33796
Mon May 05 2008 06:13 AM
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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!

Re: Look at what I just dug up.. #33797
Mon May 05 2008 06:57 AM
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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

Re: Look at what I just dug up.. #33798
Mon May 05 2008 07:17 AM
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Nice find, but keep digging.

Re: Look at what I just dug up.. #33799
Mon May 05 2008 07:46 AM
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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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Re: Look at what I just dug up.. #33800
Mon May 05 2008 08:25 AM
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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

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Re: Look at what I just dug up.. #33801
Mon May 05 2008 10:53 AM
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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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Re: Look at what I just dug up.. #33802
Mon May 05 2008 11:24 AM
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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.

Re: Look at what I just dug up.. #33803
Mon May 05 2008 01:46 PM
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incredible,
keep pics coming

Re: Look at what I just dug up.. #33804
Mon May 05 2008 03:45 PM
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If you dig long enough you just might find Jimmy Hoffa.


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Re: Look at what I just dug up.. #33805
Mon May 05 2008 03:50 PM
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wow!!! great find.i wanna see pics of your yard in about a week!!LOL all dug up


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