The Start of a lifelong Addiction, Advertising & Americana
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by Darryl Tilden
We started collecting vintage advertising back in the early 1970’s. One of the first pieces I bought as an adult was a Coca Cola Stained glass hanging lamp. It was a 1970’s reproduction of an original. I purchased a few other inexpensive advertising pieces in the next few years. In the early 1980’s I was working in the oil field in Caspar Wyoming. I started collecting Oil and Drilling Company stickers, hats and signs.Then in the late 1980’s I bought my first neon Coca Cola clock. That started an addiction that continues to this day….. Vintage Signs for sale, Old signs for sale, Antique Signs for Sale, Vintage Neon Clocks
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I was working 2 jobs living on the 18th floor of a high rise when I bought my first neon Coca Cola Clock. That was in the 1980’s and I knew then I would be a collector for life. it was a love affair with neon. These clocks were very functional and were a piece of art and also told me the time. I remember thinking this clock was so great that I wanted another brand. I then started scouring the yellow pages calling antique stores inquiring if they had any neon clocks..The first response was always “neon what”.. it took me awhile however I finally found an old Gas Station clock that was not working.
I was now in the restoration business. just loved bringing that one clock back to life & that introduced me to restoration business. I could not find enough neon clocks to quash my appetite and I then started buying signs. Eventually I filled up my 18th floor apartment with signs like the MOBIL Cookie Cutter. Imagine the looks i received bringing these large signs up the elevator . Eventually we move to a bigger townhouse. That lasted for about 10 years, I filled the Condo and 3 storage units I then updated to a double store front with a loft located above & full basement…Below is my first original neon clock & I was hooked…