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Lot 102: L102 VINTAGE RARE ORIGINAL OSH KOSH 1930-40s NEON PRODUCTS NEON CLOCK
DEVANE ADVERTISING JUTE BOX COLLECTION WATCHES ANTIQUES
by Estate Road Show Auctions LLC
March 25, 2012
Killen, AL, USA
Description: We are pleased to offer this Vintage Original Osh Kosh B'gosh Work Clothes Octagon Neon Clock. Original octagonal steel and aluminum case with painted cover glass, painted metal dial with OshKosh B'gosh Work Cloths with Arabic numerals and white neon surround with sweep second hand. Circa 1930-40s. The clock is marked on rear Neon Products Inc., Lima, Ohio; 18" diameter. This clock is in working condition, has some minor interior wear and displays well. In the early 1930s the largest sign making advertising firm in Lima, Artkraft, borrowed a new technique just pioneered in France by the Claude Neon Company: they began bending colored tubes and filling them with light. The new technique caught on quickly, and soon ArtKraft had orders for more neon signs from a wide number of US companies. As a result, within a few short years, ArtKraft grew from a small alley shop on South Main Street to one of the largest sign manufacturers in the world, paying its craftsmen the highest wages in the city: a dollar an hour. But the company's success spawned local competitors. In 1930, two ArtKraft tube-benders struck out on their own with a new neon company, Neon Products Inc, which soon bought out ArtKraft and developed its own large list of important corporate clients, including Zenith, Dr. Pepper and RCA. Likewise it developed several mass marketing concepts, including decorative neon clocks. At one time the company employed over 400 people. The Estate Road show is proud to showcase a marvelous collection of classic vintage Soda-Pop, Gas Station, General Store, and Malt Shop entertainment & advertising memorabilia, form the outstanding collection of Mr. Orbie DeVane. Lovingly cared for over many years, these valuable collectibles deserve a place in any advertising or Soda-Pop collection. Research Consulted: Rich Penn Auctions, Lot 436, April 28th, 2006; Cowans, Lot 784, June 26th, 2004; Bluffton University, Bluffton, Ohio
Condition Report: minor wear to paint & inside
Provenance: From the collection of Orbie DeVane from Dothan AL, collector of antiques and advertising collectibles for decades.
Dimensions: L: 18.25 W: 6.5 H: 18.25 LB: 15 OZ: 8