Beer Memorabilia And The Collector Beer Sign
The collector beer sign is an integral part of any collection of beer memorabilia. Some collectors focus on beer steins, mugs, and glasses. Beer bottle caps and empty bottles fascinate some collectors. Others hoard beer coasters, cap openers, and the actual bottles of beer themselves. For the beer sign collector, however, nothing brings a rush like discovering an under-priced collectible beer sign at a garage sale, swap meet or flea market.
Those who collect beer signs do so for many reasons. They may simply enjoy sitting down to a pint or two at home, in the correct atmosphere. Some admire the craftsmanship of old beer signs. Others appreciate the intricate apparatus on illuminated clock signs. Neon collectors often fancy beer signs as prized items.
Collectible beer signs can serve as simple a purpose as decoration, or as complex a purpose as a study of past advertising practices. Whatever the motives of the collector, beer signs are very popular items. What are the best resources for the novice collector of beer signs to learn about this trendy hobby?
"Beer Signs For The Collector" engages the reader with more than 400 color photographs of some of the best beer signs ever created. This book was written by Stephen Faragher, a long-time collector of beer signs and other vintage items. Collectible beer signs are examined as advertising works of art rather than decorative items. This collection of beer sign history starts from early printed signs, and guides the reader through wall signs, animated beer signs, and lighted and neon signs. The book emphasizes the "Golden Era of Beer Signs," which is listed as 1950 to 1970.
Herb Heydock's book "Beer Advertising Memorabilia" takes a different approach. This coffee table book covers more beer collectibles than just beer signs. It examines beer memorabilia collecting with a broader eye. The author discusses beer bottles, mugs and steins, knick-knacks, trinkets, beer advertising, and the impact of beer on society. It should keep a beer sign collector busy for hours.
These books would make an excellent part of any beer memorabilia collection. When shopping for beer memorabilia fans, a collectible beer sign will earn their gratitude. If you can't give your loved one a collector beer sign, one of these books is the next best present.