Antique Signs are a delight in a man cave

AC Spark Plug
 A C Spark Plug Antique Sign

One of the biggest attractions that I have is Antique signs and they are a huge and desirable item in any man cave.  Finding vintage porcelain signs is like being on a treasure hunt. They are few and far apart. When you find one though it’s
like having a victory a job well done. Porcelain signs such as this AC spark plug sign are getting rarer and rarer to find. Why wouldn’t these signs be a huge part of the man cave? They typically exemplify what men love best: food, drink, cars, places of business, and of course in some instances, women.

SOCO polarine porcelain sign
Standard Oil Polarine motor oil and gasoline sign

Even signs like this SOCO Polarine sign are getting real tough to find. Because these rare signs are becoming ever increasing difficult to obtain for the man cave and reproductions are ok but lose some of the characters of these older signs so I began to photograph them. There is a couple school of thought behind this: first, they are difficult to find and second they are very desirable. Of the surviving porcelain signs today, some of the most desirable are Petroliana or petroleum based signs. This category includes car signs, gas station signs, tire signs, and car parts and services signs. I mean who doesn’t like cars and what guy, with any age on him, doesn’t like these older signs, they have character. The images capture the essence of these aged signs, unlike the reproductions. The reproductions are nice, don’t get me wrong, but they do not depict the originals today.

Hudson and Essex service sign
Hudson and Essex Car service sign

One of my prized signs finds is this Hudson – Essex Service sign. While the sign is not necessarily the most colorful or decorative both Hudson and Essex has been out of business for several decades. Although car and car related signs may be the most popular signs, many photographers offer other antique signs art for sale. In my case, I like antique Coca-Cola signs as well. One of my favorites and best sellers is the Coca-Cola sign below. It was hand painted and interestingly enough on wood.

Antique CocaCola Sign
Antique wooden Coca-cola Sign

I like this sign and it is somewhat out of the norm from my normal porcelain sign images. But it is an antique and it’s Coca-Cola. This sign was hand painted and dates from the 1930s-1940s. I have never seen another sign like this since this sign was photographed. It is quite a piece.

When a man is creating and designing his “man cave” he wants items that are uniquely male or at least appeal primarily to men and are not commonplace items. I am always on the hunt for items that I, and others would be proud to hang in their man cave as either an image or canvas print.

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Author: Chris Flees

I am an artist, art promoter, and art marketing professional who specializes and blogs primarily about art topics and the "behind the scenes" of my subject and images. Occasionally I blog about Christian topics.