Vintage cast aluminum marquee letters for sale

posted by curttalk on December 17, 2008 at 7:40 am

These vintage letters are from the great Times Square movie houses, saved from the wrecker’s ball just prior to the major overhaul of 42nd St. in the 90s. Sizes and letters vary (see listing below) and include three rare, full-word letter combos.

The letters — from the Adler Silhouette and Wagner Sign Co’s — show definite signs of aging (paint may be cracked or peeling, some letters are partially painted, some have many layers of paint with incomplete coverage). Depending on your aesthetics, it only adds to their charm.

Collectors typically sell these letters for $29 each. I would like to sell the entire bunch of 41 for $20 each ($820).

Ranging in size from 16" to 9" tall, most are painted black (four are painted red), only one is cracked (the large D)

I have the following letters and words:
16" tall x approx 12" wide:
A, D, E, R
12" tall x approx 10" wide:
E (2), M, R (2), S
9" tall x approx 6" wide:
0 (2), 8, C, E, F, H, I, L, M. N (2), O (3), R (2), S (3), T (3), U, X (4)
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* Buyer pays for shipping. Final amount to be added to sale price will be based on weight (which should be about 45 pounds) and method.

Comments (2)

markp on December 17, 2008 at 8:45 am

Very cool. I wish more of todays theatre used these, instead of those electronic signs that only flash one movie at a time. But then again, with 20 screens, you would need a marquee the size of a city block.

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on December 17, 2008 at 12:22 pm

Are these letters slide on, clip on or hang on?

Without a COMPLETE alphabet, especially the most popular used letters, etc., this “offer” in NO bargain!

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