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Object Name Sign, Trade
Catalog Number 98.37.3
Description Circular neon trade sign with a white face with the words "Ball Jars" spelled out in dark blue lettering; the same words are spelled out in neon lighting above the sign. The sign has a new electrical cord and plug.
Material metal/wood/glass/neon
Dimensions D-6.25 Dia-25.063 inches
Search Terms Ball Brothers Glass Company
Delaware County
Subjects Signs
Classification Advertising
Business & Commerce
Imagefile 074\98373.JPG
Year Range from 1933
Year Range to 1960
Notes The appraiser indicated that this was the only trade sign like this in existence. This sign was possibly displayed at the 1933 Chicago World's Fair, "A Century of Progress." There is a poster in the collection which shows the sign. An acrylic front cover was added to the sign for display purposes.

The Ball logo on the sign was used from 1933 to 1960.

According to William Brantley in A Collector's Guide to Ball Jars, "This neon advertising sign for Ball Jars was discovered several years ago in a vacant warehouse at Ball's Muncie facility. It apparently dates from just before World War II and ones like it were used in groceries over Ball jar displays or in store windows to tell homemakers that the merchant carried America's best-known brand of food preserving supplies." (page VI).