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Socony Aircraft signs found
#90494 Thu Aug 14 2003 06:19 AM
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33 NOS Socony Oil signs were sold at Iowa Gas. They were found together back east. Most were the aircraft version shown in this image. Most of them sold for $1500-$2500 depending on condition. There were some with no airplane graphic, or "Aircraft" wording for less.

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This is the crowd that gathered when the signs were first laid out. The sign without the airplane is visible on the lower right.

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You can almost see the drool from a couple of the guys watching.... More picture of Iowa gas please!!!


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Re: Socony Aircraft signs found
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OH Yes..If I were there I would be in that droolin crowd as well. Nice signs. Whooo hooo
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Re: Socony Aircraft signs found
#90497 Thu Aug 14 2003 12:21 PM
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How can you tell the repops from the orginals with these signs? Is there a size or gromet difference?


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DC, there were two grommits used on the older signs .
1. stain-less steel or Brass/copper type.
2. on the back they starred out, not smooth,
3. the very old signs had no grommits at all.
but it also varied with what part of the country they were made. and you will get different opinions on this , all I can say is my older signs(1900-1919) have no grommits, the early signal door/pump plate on ebay now had no Grommits, but later ones did ?? don't know why. now Texaco and Mobil had signs made all over the world, and some had stain-less and some had brass/copper type?? don't know why. thats why its confusing because you might see that same sign somewhere with out Grommits.

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I don't know the exact measurments, but the repro signs are smaller than the originals. I also know that the originals have many mounting holes (see photos) and the repros only have them on the corners.
Anyone know if they made a repro that was the same size as the original?


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Re: Socony Aircraft signs found
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Click here for more pictures of Iowa Gas .

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Re: Socony Aircraft signs found
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I wondered why there have been so many of the SOCONY AIRCRAFT on ebay lately not all were NOS but nice.ITS STILL OUT THERE GUYS!!!!
It use to be easy to spot a repop porcelain sign its getting harder all the time.TIPS:Price to low,No sign makers name on sign when other similar signs do,Vendor selling sign,Recent quanity of signs on ebay and at shows,Sign to nice,no signs of age.
There are more ways Experence is best and ask a lot of questions.Rex

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Thank you very much for posting pics. I hope to go out there next year.

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Great pictures Jim. Sure wish I could have gone.
I thought repro globes and signs weren't allowed at Iowa Gas. I saw at least 11 repro globes pictured (probably more), not counting the ones on the pumps.
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Thank for the pic's. There is always next year.

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You are right about the repros, Bob. There has been a rule like for years, but there didn't seem to be any enforcement of it this year. On my Iowa Gas pictures pages there are 2 images of globes standing up in a row of five. Those were repros that were new to me. New repro Flying A die-cut signs and several new Mobil repro signs are now out there. The indoor images of a Wayne 60 and a National in bare metal are both 100% made of repro parts.

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Re: Socony Aircraft signs found
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As requested, here are images of new repro signs I first saw at Iowa Gas:







The Mobil lube and Flying A signs were seen in 2 sizes, one over a foot and another over 2 foot. Sorry I didn't measure. These are available from Time Passages for $22 and $37, I think.

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was at an antique store a little while back... that repro mobil tire sign had a price of 125.00 on it !!!... be careful out there....

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I had several original Mobil Tire signs. The originals have a blue raised outer edge and some lettering (G-348 on mine) in the lower right corner. The signs were also wood framed in the back and staples were used, so there would be no mounting holes.

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