Porcelain signs are not available today, in fact they originated in Germany in the 1880s and were created till about the 1950s after which production was stopped. But during this period advertising signage was closely linked to porcelain signs and master craftsmen churned them out for almost all top companies of the world at that time.
Porcelain signs were imported to the USA from the early 1900s from Germany. These were made from layers of coloured powdered glass that were painstakingly fused on a base of heavy rolled iron and were attached to walls by flanges. Their rise in popularity was due to their durability and weather resistant properties. By the 1940s, this art slowly went into oblivion and large lots of porcelain signs were melted down to extract the iron which was then used for advancing the war effort.
Even today, more than half a century later, porcelain signs have a distinct aura of their own. Their rarity has made them collectors’ items today and the best preserved ones are sold at high prices at auction houses around the world. Interest levels in porcelain signs are still very much prevalent and high today.
Meeting this thirst for news, information and even trivia is our blog site www.signofthetimesonline.com. Our team has a passion for porcelain signs and are constantly on the trail of any details relating to it. We know that there is a committed group of people who are collectors of these signs and still others who are always looking for any info on porcelain signs. This is the group that our blog site is focussed on.
We also seek write-ups and contributions from bloggers who are as interested and zealous about these signs as we are. This will help make our blog site more interesting to our readers. There is literally no limit on what writers can send in so long as their pieces are related to this niche. Some of the topics that can be highlighted are the history of porcelain signs, their gradual evolution over time and the difference in craftsmanship between German and American makers of these signs.
We will inform writers through email once their blogs are published on our site.