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Denver, PA, United States
DoneFri, Nov 19, 2010 3:00 PM GMT

NOV 19 2010 MORPHY AUCTIONS HIRSCH SALE DAY 1

DENVER, Pa. In the field of graphic design, Chicagoan David Hirsch is known as the man with the golden eye. A founding partner of David Hirsch Design Group and later Hirsch OConnor, he was the mastermind behind the artwork that branded a legion of commercial entities and products. And while it may be possible for many professionals to leave their work at the office, it has never been an option for Hirsch, who cannot view life through anything but an artistic lens, 24/7. The allure of illustrative imagery has always been a fascination to Hirsch, on or off the job, and it was his love of design that launched and perpetuated the phenomenal collection of antique advertising tins, signs, store displays and other promotional items he amassed over 40 years with his wife, Marcia. That collection, in its entirety, will be auctioned Nov. 19-20, 2010 at Morphys. With the extended preview period currently under way, visitors to Morphys are being treated to a visual feast representing every color of the rainbow. The gallery walls and showcase shelves are laden with incredible signs of glass, tin, porcelain and paper; extraordinarily rare tins, many with paper labels that pre-date chromolithography; countertop and floor-model store displays, and every other imaginable form of packaging adorned with advertising. Well over half of the articles to be offered in the 1,435-lot sale pertain to tobacco, with as many as 500 of them pertaining to cigars. Theres a 4-foot reverse-on-glass Ben Bey Cigars sign with porcelain store-counter lighter, a commanding 8-foot reverse-on-glass sign advertising Chanc

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