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Wondering why signs were dated back then....
#585528 Wed Dec 10 2014 08:42 AM
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I mean they couldn't have foreseen the issues we have today with fake signs. Just wondering what purpose it served to put the month & year on a sign was produced 50 to 60 years ago?

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Re: Wondering why signs were dated back then....
cormy #585537 Wed Dec 10 2014 09:56 AM
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Just thinking that maybe it made things clearer for corporate directives. For an imaginary example: Standard advertising exec sends a memo saying, "Remove White Crown plate dated 1-49 and replace with White Crown pump plate 4-54. Shipment to follow."

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Maps for the memories #585564 Wed Dec 10 2014 02:58 PM
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I would imagine dating a sign was not related to this hobby at all. Maybe to know how long to display it? Dating it for defects or replacements? I'm just really glad they did!
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Highway66 #585568 Wed Dec 10 2014 03:08 PM
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The dates are the equivalent of a "form number" and date on something like a government form. In most cases they indicate when the sign layout was last changed/last stencils made as opposed to an actual manufacturing date. When Texaco called their sign manufacturers and ordered a quantity of Fire Chief pump plates, the order would include something along the lines of "Revision 3-47" to indicate first off that there was no new version unknown to the sign manufacturer and as a reference not to use an older design/stencil in error. Most revisable printed or screened products use a similar system - many oil cans are dated, too, some with open dating, some with a code, indicating which form design was used.


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Re: Wondering why signs were dated back then....
Carolinatraveler #585679 Thu Dec 11 2014 08:16 AM
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Makes sense...

Although I have seen "form #" and dates on some..

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