While I love talking to customers in our Portland store about our reproduction lighting and hardware, I enjoy the heck out of playing with the old stuff in the Salvage department. There’s nothing quite like seeing something you’ve never seen before, like this cool old sign.
The rotating blades on this Beaver Street Beer sign would have revealed different colors so that you would get different effects when the motor ran at different speeds. (I think if I had consumed a few beers, this sign might have given me trouble with a stomach full of sea food, but perhaps that’s just me…) Take a look at its patent for an idea of how it might have looked in action, back before its color wheel melted (!).
How cool are those deco accents? Our favorite part is the sound it makes when it’s revving up — like a jet engine prepping for take-off!
We also enjoy choosing to read this as ”Sandwiches on Draught.”