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#529148 - Fri Apr 18 2014 07:02 PM website that helps you spot a fake sign
89sheepdog Offline
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Registered: Thu Apr 17 2014
Loc: Long Beach CA
Hey guys I am new to collecting and the old gas forum, I was just wondering if there were any sites or guides that could hep you distinguish real and fake signs? Thanks!

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#529151 - Fri Apr 18 2014 07:05 PM Re: website that helps you spot a fake sign [Re: 89sheepdog]
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Registered: Fri Sep 07 2007
Loc: So. Ca.
welcome to oldgas.. cool
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#529195 - Fri Apr 18 2014 09:09 PM Re: website that helps you spot a fake sign [Re: advertologist]
89sheepdog Offline
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Registered: Thu Apr 17 2014
Loc: Long Beach CA
Originally Posted By: advertologist
welcome to oldgas.. cool


Thanks Randy, I was looking for like a guide or blog that explains where the holes should be proper shapes of letters etc...

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#529199 - Fri Apr 18 2014 09:11 PM Re: website that helps you spot a fake sign [Re: 89sheepdog]
89sheepdog Offline
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Registered: Thu Apr 17 2014
Loc: Long Beach CA
for instance I have this sign, how can I tell if its fake or not?

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#529268 - Sat Apr 19 2014 07:29 AM Re: website that helps you spot a fake sign [Re: 89sheepdog]
KZ1000 Offline
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Registered: Sun Oct 21 2007
Loc: Mass
unfortunately there is NO quick and easy way to identify repro's. It takes years of hands on and personal research to "Help" in determining if a sign is real or not. such information cannot just simply be put into print. Beware out there.
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#529280 - Sat Apr 19 2014 08:58 AM Re: website that helps you spot a fake sign [Re: KZ1000]
Steven C. Online   content
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Registered: Fri Jun 01 2012
Loc: MICHIGAN
Your best possible source for such information may be right here. I've only been in the hobby for 2 years, and between my own postings asking about fakes, and the hundreds of others asking about fakes, you learn a lot right here. It's not hands on but that can only be gotten through shows, flea markets, retail antique stores... it will take time.
One of the first lessons is this, if buying on eBay and it says, India or Argentina or..... Stay away!!
Be cautious as you start out. It's better to error on the side of caution. I remember the first summer I was in this hobby. I was at a large flea market and a guy had a Texaco Lubester plate. I just didn't' know, so I walked. Looking back now I believe it was real and it would have been a good buy. But then, my naive eyes just weren't sure. You don't want to waste money. Be patient. Get some experience.
As for your Esso sign, I have no idea. But that sloppy looking lettering along the bottom screams India to me. But I've never seen an original of this sign so maybe they were like that. I dont know.
Good luck and welcome to Oldgas!!
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#529336 - Sat Apr 19 2014 12:56 PM Re: website that helps you spot a fake sign [Re: Steven C.]
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Loc: South of St. Louis, MO USA
Even here, we walk a fine line between helping collectors spot unmarked repros and unwittingly helping the repro crooks to make better items with more correct details.
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#529678 - Sun Apr 20 2014 10:23 PM Re: website that helps you spot a fake sign [Re: Oldgas]
Dave's Garage Offline
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Welcome to Oldgas.com! I'm with Steve on the Esso flange you posted...doesn't look good to me.
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#529761 - Mon Apr 21 2014 11:07 AM Re: website that helps you spot a fake sign [Re: Dave's Garage]
gulfiend! Offline
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Registered: Fri Jul 01 2005
Loc: Raleigh, North Carolina
...only two mounting holes on the flange? that's a red flag, IMO...
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#529792 - Mon Apr 21 2014 02:20 PM Re: website that helps you spot a fake sign [Re: gulfiend!]
BryceG Online   content
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Loc: Peoria, IL
Originally Posted By: gulfiend!
...only two mounting holes on the flange? that's a red flag, IMO...


first thing I noticed as well...

I personally never even look at any Esso elephant advertisement piece... they seem to be one of the most abundant india/argentina repops.
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#530061 - Tue Apr 22 2014 11:23 AM Re: website that helps you spot a fake sign [Re: Steven C.]
89sheepdog Offline
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Registered: Thu Apr 17 2014
Loc: Long Beach CA
thanks steve you were very helpful

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#532645 - Sat May 03 2014 12:15 AM Re: website that helps you spot a fake sign [Re: BryceG]
Markymark63 Online   content
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Registered: Tue Apr 22 2014
Loc: Alberta, Canada
Uh oh, I just bought 3 signs from Argentina. The seller goes by:elgranescaparate why am I swallowing hard right now? Has anyone heard of this guy? Thanks


Edited by Markymark63 (Sat May 03 2014 12:15 AM)

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