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Sign of the times – updated

It is good to be able to report that the campaign to save the neon plumbing supplies sign that we reported on a few weeks ago has achieved success, according to local media reports in Michigan, USA.

 The Brenske Plumbing Supply Company’s  1950’s illuminated neon sign was so well-known that when its premises were redeveloped to become a pharmacy, the sign was rescued and put in a local museum. Now the museum says it has raised almost all the money needed to re-erect the sign and preserve it for future generations. Work is already under way to place the sign in its new home.

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Sign of the times

Plumbers – and the companies that supply them – have not always been the most innovative organisations when it comes to marketing and publicity.

Back in the 1950s in Michigan, though, one plumbing supply company came up with something that became a local icon. The Brenske Plumbing Supply Company’s

 

illuminated neon sign was so well-known that when its premises were redeveloped to become a pharmacy, the sign was rescued and put in a local museum.

Now the museum is asking for donations to help preserve the sign for future generations.

The story has given me a number of ideas.  Where could we erect a giant Drain Doctor logo, complete with illuminated Mr Winky animatedly flashing his one-eyed greeting?

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