Body Shop Collectibles

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Body shop collectibles include signs and other advertising, containers of paint, polish and related materials and tools of the trade from bygone days. The industry is changing so fast, that many of the products in recent use do not comply with EPA regulations called The National Rule. Will they become memorabilia of an era that is ending?

I especially appreciate cans and paint literature that explain how early paints were applied by brush after washing the old finish with benzine or gasoline. How times have changed!

Ditzler thermometers
Ditzler reduction selection thermometers
Glidden auto paint sign
Glidden Auto Finishes tin sign with die cut openings for the car bodies to show a rear panel with various colors available.
Martin Senour paint sign
Martin Senour Paints die cut porcelain flange sign with rainbow stripes.
Auto paint clocks
Beckwith-Chandler Automotive Finishes and Mobil Automotive Paints lighted clocks.
Nason auto paint sign
Die cut porcelain Nason sign
Powder Puff car paint kit
Box kit for Sears "powder puff" wipe-on auto paint. Larger image shows contents: quart of enamel paint, wipe-on applicator, wax & grease remover, body solder, sandpaper, tack rag and shop towel.
Ditzler sign and Bobcat can
1960's Ditzler "blackboard" message sign and an older gallon Bobcat Ditzco Enamel reducer can, "specially formulated for all weather conditions."
Dupont Duco sign
1958 N.O.S. porcelain 2-sided sign from the first year that DuPont Lucite acrylic lacquer was introduced. Similar sign before Lucite.
Baby Label seatcover sign
Reverse painted glass sign with chrome frame, made for natural or artificial backlighting from Spradling Seat Covers, St. Louis, Mo.

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These items are not offered for sale.

Always looking for body shop collectibles and others who collect.

I'm striving to assemble a display of the industry's growth in technology.

Let's talk. Email Jim Potts

Member, Machinists Automotive Local 777, Certified by I-CAR, PPG & ASE

More on gas station and auto service collectibles at Vintage gas pump  Primarily Petroliana.

More on the collision repair industry at Collision Insight or Autobody Pro

Who is this Potts guy collecting this stuff? See the  Potts Home Page

Online 3/23/96, updated 8/10/01 - images and text copyright © 2001, Jim Potts