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Self-Quiz for Identifying Fakes (Grade me!) #645308
Thu Jan 28 2016 04:12 PM
Thu Jan 28 2016 04:12 PM
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As a noob, I find it extremely helpful to have reference photos. Wanted to confirm these were not original before posting images to the gallery here. Hope I pass the quiz!

eBay Seller ID: gmjer777

To my untrained eye:
- Mohawk Gasoline : hair and face lack detail
- Indian Gasoline : The letters for "Gasoline" look too curvy. The horizontal line in G doesn't exist.
- Sunset Gasoline : Exact same sign is on Amazon and sites that sell reproductions.
- Mobiloil Gargoyle : First, it says licensed on the bottom right-- reproduction? Second, has 4 holes instead of 6. Third, letters (especially tilde) don't look the same as the one posted here.
- Harley Motor Oil (round) - Missing two holes at 3 and 9 o'clock. Text in Cycles missing fine serifs. (Plus he's sold several in the past)
- American Gasoline : Couldn't find a reference for a legit sign, but looks identical to labeled reproductions. Plus, isn't this pre-1930's? Wouldn't it be fairly rare?
- Indian Oil Sign (shaped like can) - Can't find any example of this sign except for on ebay. The one I've seen is just white and dark red.
Harley Oil Sign (shaped like can) - No idea. Going with fake based on other signs and the crazy bright orange rust...

How'd I do?

Re: Self-Quiz for Identifying Fakes (Grade me!) [Re: ninjarobert] #645311
Thu Jan 28 2016 04:57 PM
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Size on the Mobiloil sign is a big factor in easily identifying an original vs. the repros.
Darin


Darin Sheffer
Always looking for Mobil items I don't already have!
Re: Self-Quiz for Identifying Fakes (Grade me!) [Re: ninjarobert] #645330
Thu Jan 28 2016 08:54 PM
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The "Harley" and "Indian" signs you listed are fantasy items , period. No originals of any of the 3 ever.

Last edited by MetroPetro; Thu Jan 28 2016 09:21 PM.

Looking for photos, etc from 60s era Shell-A-Rama gas station and Pal's Diner, Rt. 17 Mahwah, NJ
& US or state highway signs, shields, route markers
Re: Self-Quiz for Identifying Fakes (Grade me!) [Re: DWSheffer] #645345
Fri Jan 29 2016 07:52 AM
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Originally Posted By DWSheffer
Size on the Mobiloil sign is a big factor in easily identifying an original vs. the repros.
Darin


The height is 12" based on the ruler next to it.

Re: Self-Quiz for Identifying Fakes (Grade me!) [Re: MetroPetro] #645346
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Originally Posted By MetroPetro
The "Harley" and "Indian" signs you listed are fantasy items , period. No originals of any of the 3 ever.


Good to know. Thanks.


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