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City Garage Sign, hung in America on the Move

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City Garage Sign, hung in America on the Move

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This object appears in the following sections:


Americans Adopt the Auto:
Americans Adopt the Auto — Fixing Cars


Supreme Auto Oil City Garage sign
Catalog #: 1989.0751.01, Accession #: 1989.0751
Currently on display
From the Smithsonian Collection
This sign advertised both the garage's urban location, and a brand of oil.
Physical Description
artifact. 6'W x 3' H ; Porcelain enamel on steel, one side only. White background with blue letters and orange disc.
Details
Date Made:
about 1930
Credit:
Gift of Frank R. Righetti, Sr.
History
Automobiles changed the nation's streetscapes, as the view through a windsheild-rather than from a carriage, sidewalk, or a streetcar-began to influence signage. American commercial steets were already awash with signage before the automobile was invented, but companies began to make larger signs that could be read at higher speeds, and to hang them so that drivers could see them as they drove by.

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