Let’s face it: you’re not going to find vintage soda signs hanging in the local drug store in today’s day and age. However, if you go back in time 75 to 100 years, these were quite common.
For many years, soda signs were displayed in drug stores, soda shops, grocery stores, gas stations, and more. While many of these signs were trashed many years ago, some survived. And those that did are often worth a pretty penny.
Here’s a sampling of recent sales:
- Make Mine Spiffy: $2,400
- Drink Satanet Smooth: $48,000 (1915)
- Drink Vernor’s Ginger Ale: $6,900
- Dad’s Original Draft Root Beer: $480
- Enjoy Squirt: $2,400 (1959)
- Fresh Up with 7Up: $1,200
- Pepsi-Cola Bigger Better: $7,800
One of the most unique features of these signs was the single-sided embossed tin design. It wasn’t the most durable construction, but it allowed for better preservation than if they were made of paper.
Vintage soda signs are fun to collect or display. Not to mention the fact that they continue to increase in value. If you’re in the market, local estate sales and garage sales are often the best place to search. You never know when you’ll come across your next big find!
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