Signs of the Times: Livestock Signs Recall Different Era
Vintage livestock signs have become big business – and collector Jeb Fuller has the inside scoop
Livestock signs that include people and farmsteads are especially prized by collectors.
This screen print poster for the Morrow County Fair features hand-painted images. In that way, generic posters could be targeted to various audiences.
A porcelain-over-steel sign for Lazy River Guernseys.
A tin sign for Penney & James Aberdeen-Angus. Co-owner of the farm was retail entrepreneur J.C. Penney, also famous for his pure-breed operations at several sites in the U.S. This sign predates 1955, when Penney & James held its final dispersal sale. Jeb Fuller’s collection includes a catalog from a Penney & James breeding livestock auction. “It’s a big deal among collectors to have those kinds of pieces to display with these signs,” he says. “It also helps in dating the signs.”
Tin sign for Milking Shorthorns.
Livestock sign for Herefords.
Livestock sign for Wayne calf feed.
Collectible breed figurines.
Paper livestock collectibles.
A tin sign for Montgomery & Koltermann Hereford farm.