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1920s fashion drawings, vintage posters and more at PBA Galleries, Aug. 25

Collection of 1920s fashion designs by Louise Lamotte, est. $4,000-$6,000

Collection of 1920s fashion designs by Louise Lamotte, est. $4,000-$6,000

BERKELEY, Calif.  – On Thursday, August 25, PBA Galleries will host a sale of Antiquarian Books with Fine Press and Fine Bindings, with more than 350 lots from the private press movement, fine bindings, fore-edge painted books, posters, graphic arts and antiquarian books. Featured are choice selections of chromolithography, pochoir and a wonderful collection of early color lithograph posters from the great poster craze of the late 19th century. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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A Seal of Kentucky Whiskey tin sign achieved $37,500 plus the buyer’s premium in May 2019. Image courtesy of Showtime Auction Services and LiveAuctioneers.

Collectors raise their glasses to vintage whiskey advertising

A Seal of Kentucky whiskey tin sign achieved $37,500 plus the buyer’s premium in May 2019. Image courtesy of Showtime Auction Services and LiveAuctioneers.

A Seal of Kentucky Whiskey tin sign achieved $37,500 plus the buyer’s premium in May 2019. Image courtesy of Showtime Auction Services and LiveAuctioneers.

NEW YORK — By today’s standards, early whiskey advertising may seem dated and male-centric. Images of elegantly-attired, cigar-smoking gentlemen drinking together as well as hunting scenes with buffalos and Old West cowboys dominate the medium. The macho archetype of the typical whiskey drinker of the early 1800s gave rise to a whole genre of advertising to appeal to that market. While such advertising imagery would likely not be produced today, it still holds appeal to collectors.

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Fully restored powder blue 1959 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, CA$82,600

1959 Chevy Corvette was top prize at Miller & Miller sale

 

Fully restored powder blue 1959 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, CA$82,600

Fully restored powder blue 1959 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, CA$82,600

NEW HAMBURG, Canada – A fully restored powder blue 1959 Chevrolet Corvette convertible sped off for $82,600 in Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.’s online-only Petroliana, Railroadiana & Advertising auction held on June 18. One hundred percent of lots sold, and 86 percent of the top 50 lots exceeded estimate. Overall, the auction grossed $628,674. All prices are given in Canadian dollars.

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Circa-1884 Winchester cartridge board, est. CA$35,000-$50,000

Winchester cartridge board should hit bull’s-eye at Miller & Miller, April 23

Circa-1884 Winchester cartridge board, est. CA$35,000-$50,000

Circa-1884 Winchester cartridge board, est. CA$35,000-$50,000

NEW HAMBURG, Canada – A Winchester cartridge board from around 1884 – one of the most sought-after examples of American sporting advertising – is an expected highlight lot in an online-only Petroliana & Advertising Auction planned for Saturday, April 23 by Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd., starting promptly at 9 am Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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A Sunbeam Bread die cut tin advertising sign made $2,750 plus the buyer’s premium in December 2018. Image courtesy of Dan Morphy Auctions and LiveAuctioneers.

Vintage Sunbeam advertising: best thing since sliced bread

A Sunbeam Bread die cut tin advertising sign made $2,750 plus the buyer’s premium in December 2018. Image courtesy of Dan Morphy Auctions and LiveAuctioneers.

A Sunbeam Bread die cut tin advertising sign made $2,750 plus the buyer’s premium in December 2018. Image courtesy of Dan Morphy Auctions and LiveAuctioneers.

NEW YORK — Sunbeam Bread has been a culinary mainstay in kitchens across America for decades and its brand representative has long been Little Miss Sunbeam, now a registered trademark. The Sunbeam product imagery shows a blonde-haired girl of about four or five years of age with bright blue eyes that perfectly match the color of the tie in her hair and her dress. She is typically shown with her little hands curled around a slice of buttered bread she is happily eating.

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Mohawk Gas fuels petroliana collectors’ interest

A double-sided Mohawk sign depicting the Native American figure with a drooping feather in his hair brought $70,000 plus the buyer’s premium in October 2016 at Mecum Auctions. Image courtesy of Mecum Auctions and LiveAuctioneers.

NEW YORK — Back when cars were fairly new, gas stations were few and far between. To attract customers, gas stations touted themselves with bright, colorful signage to serve as a beacon — sometimes literally — to drivers day and night. Vintage gas station are highly collectible, and the brands that collectors like most are early examples with striking graphics deployed in the service of now-defunct brands. Mohawk Gasoline certainly fits the bill.

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