Trade signs: Vintage signage pieces that marked the history by Darryl Tilden, Roadrelics
- These days, we come across various advertising signs using LED’s and a projector screen to lure customers. But little did they know about the origin of trade signs, and how long they existed? Trade signs were the tools to mark one’s profession, and that’s certainly the oldest types of signs.
- Trade signs, these days, have gained immense popularity and increased the status of the owner. As time progressed, the design changed according to the generation. However, something that didn’t change is the predominance of antique symbols and logos ideal for every era.
- During the initial days, the vintage trade signs and folk signs were employed to resemble businesses like Dentists, Boot-makers, Pawn shops, Meat Shops, Millinery buildings, Horse Traders. Also Glasses & Optician Stores, Doctor Offices, Glove Makers, Shoe Makers, Cafe’s, Hotels, Billiard Parlors, Pharmacies, Hardware Stores, Grocery Stores. Also Gun, Pistol, Rifles Ammunition, Veterinarians. Furthermore Barber Shops, Pretzel Stores, Candy Stores, Hats, Lunch, Restaurants, Flowers, Beauty Shops, Clothing Stores, Bicycle Shops, Pork, Clock & Watch Makers. Also Padlock, Blacksmith, Taverns, Furs, Drug Stores, Books, Cigars, and many more.
- Above all, some of the museum’s history available here include Poole History of Trade Signs, Roadside America. Pinterest is the place to explore more about the different signs of Brooklyn Museum.