1940’s Old Gold Cigarette Vending Machine
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April 28, 2016
Let’s start with a fun project for our pals at George’s Custom Paint….George and his son Shane do superb restorations of just about anything related to old machines such as gas pumps, vending machines, call boxes and many others! We were given free reign on this 1940’s cigarette machine, along with a couple of pieces of reference material…..between these and the web, we were able to track down lots of interesting old ads for Old Gold…we try to approach these sorts of projects with a “time machine” mindset; that is, what would I do if I were a sign painter, handed this project back in say, 1949? This allows a looseness of style but hopefully keeps things accurate to what might really have been done…..
Now I realize that these machines would have been screen printed or some other method would likely have been used to produce the graphics on machines in quantity, however it is possible that they were customized to suit a particular venue…Shane has painted this one in a rich maroon and metallic gold with some black accents- a very classy combination….so I picture this one going into the lobby of a high end theatre or club, where the clientele could purchase and partake of their favourite smoke, right there! Times have changed- I’m told the client who owns this piece will rig it up to dispense candy cigarettes only!