01-14-2013, 03:00 PM
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Hey Gents,

Ran across this sweet vintage Simpsons artifact and had to have it for my den. It came in the mail today, a little bit more vintage than I was expecting, but with great character! Now, all of my Simpsons have their rightful signage Smile

Thought you guys might enjoy some Vintage Simpson Memorabilia like I did. Maybe someone could date this piece?


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 01-14-2013, 03:24 PM
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  • ben74
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Very nice, thank-you for sharing!

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 01-14-2013, 03:26 PM
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That's great. I wonder what "superfine bader" is.

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 01-14-2013, 07:40 PM
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That is a really great sign, I am actually quite envious!

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 01-14-2013, 10:24 PM
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  • Teiste
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(01-14-2013, 03:26 PM)churchilllafemme Wrote: That's great. I wonder what "superfine bader" is.

Its a very nice add , no doubt about it.Clap

And as John , I wonder what superfine badger is , but Im sure is more related to the way the marketed things back on time.

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 01-15-2013, 01:41 AM
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  • P Funk
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Nice! I wanted to try and get it but lost track of it - glad someone here was able to pick it up!

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 01-15-2013, 02:08 AM
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  • mark1966
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VERY cool - I want, sorry, NEED one!!!

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 01-15-2013, 02:48 AM
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  • Shaun
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We were all resisting that one it seems, some less successfully, obviously Smile

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 01-15-2013, 07:07 AM
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That's cool Smile

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 01-15-2013, 07:11 AM
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Thanks all for your kind comments.

I'm not sure what the superfine badger would have been either. Sounds like a brush I NEED

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 01-15-2013, 10:58 AM
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Great looking item!

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 01-15-2013, 11:12 AM
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  • Teiste
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(01-15-2013, 07:11 AM)teeitup418holes Wrote: Thanks all for your kind comments.

I'm not sure what the superfine badger would have been either. Sounds like a brush I NEED

We all need a Superfine badger to put in our lives , my friend ! Wink

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 01-15-2013, 11:22 AM
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  • Johnny
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That is a great piece of history. I would put it in some type of small frame before it cracks anymore.

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 01-15-2013, 07:21 PM
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Absolutely! Headed to hobby lobby tomorrow for that.

Was hoping that Gary or mark would jump on to offer a little bit more story behind this.


(01-15-2013, 11:22 AM)Johnny Wrote: That is a great piece of history. I would put it in some type of small frame before it cracks anymore.

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 01-16-2013, 11:43 PM
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Great idea getting it framed.

Should I mention again that I am more than a little jealous? I want one soo bad! Angry

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 01-17-2013, 04:34 AM
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  • Shaun
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Department stores/shops would frequently mark up their own cards, but this one looks embossed/pressed, that is, produced at a printshop.

I used to do a bit of signwriting years back Smile You could do showcard and ticket writing at technical colleges back in analogue day. The design of this card is just beautiful. I always look at lettering from a craftsman's perspective. Interestingly, and a little ironically, these designs were originally produced by craftsmen and women using brushes. Even the font you are looking at right now was probably based on a script designed by someone with a brush.

Now all of this is not to detract from this pretty card as it is a genuine piece of Simpson history. It would no doubt have been commissioned by Simpson. I love it, and I love the masterly brushwork and detail that went into the design.

When we loaded up our (sable) brushes with paint, we would call this process 'charging' the brush up. I still use the term myself with shaving brushes; in Australia, 'charged up' also can mean loaded up with alcohol and maybe other substances...I wouldn't advise charging up when charged up, though, especially not with a straight edge :0 and definitely not to shave a third party. You might well end up being...ahem...charged. Umm, sorry Smile

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 01-17-2013, 07:40 AM
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(01-17-2013, 04:34 AM)Shaun Wrote: Department stores/shops would frequently mark up their own cards, but this one looks embossed/pressed, that is, produced at a printshop.

I used to do a bit of signwriting years back Smile You could do showcard and ticket writing at technical colleges back in analogue day. The design of this card is just beautiful. I always look at lettering from a craftsman's perspective. Interestingly, and a little ironically, these designs were originally produced by craftsmen and women using brushes. Even the font you are looking at right now was probably based on a script designed by someone with a brush.

Now all of this is not to detract from this pretty card as it is a genuine piece of Simpson history. It would no doubt have been commissioned by Simpson. I love it, and I love the masterly brushwork and detail that went into the design.

When we loaded up our (sable) brushes with paint, we would call this process 'charging' the brush up. I still use the term myself with shaving brushes; in Australia, 'charged up' also can mean loaded up with alcohol and maybe other substances...I wouldn't advise charging up when charged up, though, especially not with a straight edge :0 and definitely not to shave a third party. You might well end up being...ahem...charged. Umm, sorry Smile

This is GREAT! I knew there would be stories behind this really cool sign. Thanks for sharing!

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 01-17-2013, 02:08 PM
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  • Shaun
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It is all the little differences in the lettering that make it better and so interesting. Look at all the different styles within the sign...but then look at the individual differences between the same letters of the same font. For example, look at the two "S"s on the second-last line (in "SHAVING BRUSH"). See how they are slightly different? You would just not get that in today's digital sign making. Why? Because back then each letter in the original design would have been separately made with a brush. Now that you can see this Smile look for all the other slight variations to the same letters everywhere else. Very idiosyncratic. Like Simpson products, hand-made! Each brush handle is a little different. Each letter on the card, a little different! Now it seems even better, huh? Wink

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