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Srenchin
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I would like to start a thread discussing the
paper sign sheets that are found in most building
kits. Often times overlooked, these sign sheets
provide extra details that can not only dress up
the kit they came with but also other buildings
as well.

Of all the sign sheets I have worked with, the
ones supplied with Life Like's Mt. Vernon
Manufacturing Company
is my favorite!
Just look at all the stuff that is packed into it....




Feel free to show off your favorite sign sheets!

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Very interesting thread, and your sheet has a wide variety of examples. I enjoy finding
random labels and stuff that reflect my interest in paleontology, but I'll be looking around
my scrap box, just the same.
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Interesting subject, Scott... I think the signs add a lot of nice detail and keep Tico buildings as what they are ...
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Srenchin
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That's right Chops, signage can enable model railroaders a means to
personalize their layouts. An important facet of this hobby that is
often times overlooked.

Going back to the Life Like sign sheet , I wanted to point out some
interesting things that are represented on it. Some of which are kind of
weird!





1.) Movie poster advertising the vintage 1940 film....
Leopard Men of Africa
"HALF-BRUTE, HALF-HUMAN: THEY DIVE FROM THE TREES TO KILL"
"Experience the jungles most blood chilling secret"
"Staggering Real-Life Threats Not Fiction!"


I did some research on this film and discovered to my surprise that it is
based on reality! I suspect this film was what we in this day and age
would call a "Docu-Drama" rather than a true Documentary film.

This is what Wikipedia says about the subject of the film...

The Leopard Society was a West African secret society active in the
early- to mid-20th century that practiced cannibalism.[1] They were
centred in Sierra Leone, Liberia, CĂ´te d'Ivoire and Nigeria.

Members would dress in leopard skins, waylaying travelers
with sharp claw-like weapons in the form of leopards' claws
and teeth. The victims' flesh would be cut from their bodies
and distributed to members of the secret society. According
to their beliefs, the ritual cannibalism would strengthen both
members of the secret society as well as their entire tribe.[4


Who knew that there could be a connection between
an African cannibalism cult and model railroading?


2.) PROJECT HOPE poster

This is what Wikipedia says about it...

Project HOPE (Health Opportunities for People Everywhere)
is an international health care organization founded in the
United States in 1958; a humanitarian NGO, its founding
and early years received strong support from private sector
businesses and the U.S. government.[1] [2]

... American government actors and agencies, from
Eisenhower to Kennedy to USAID, saw Hope as an
ideological Cold War weapon to fight communism,
place America on the international stage, and garner
public approval.[3]

Its most visible project was the SS HOPE, the first
peacetime hospital ship (converted from the USS
Consolation (AH-15)). The SS HOPE was retired in
1974, after sailing to Indonesia, South Vietnam,
Peru, Ecuador, Guinea, Nicaragua, Colombia,
Ceylon (Sri Lanka), Tunisia, Jamaica, and Brazil.
On these voyages doctors, nurses, and technical
staff provided medical care and training to people
in each country visited.
In its early years, there
was muddling of humanitarianism with other
agendas, e.g. business interests and fighting
the Cold War.[3] Although not necessarily directed
by the CIA,[1] multiple sources report that Project
HOPE had been used as a CIA front organization.

[4] [5] [6] Charges of "shocking" American commercialism
being exploited abroad by Project HOPE's administration
were also levied.[1] Project HOPE has been criticized for
these conflicts of interest and noted to be "a cautionary
tale for development organizations seeking mass appeal now."[3]

The SS HOPE was not replaced, and emphasis switched entirely
to land-based operations.

Project HOPE is headquartered at Carter Hall in Millwood, Virginia.


So if you want to celebrate a possible CIA front NGO on
your layout, here is a paper sign to make that happen!


3.) STARS Discotheque and Blackgammon Club

So in the 1970' dancing to the Bee-Gees between Blackgammon
games was a "thing".


4.) Playboy advertisement which states...

The same kinds of men who read Time and Newsweek read Playboy.
Only a lot more read Playboy.


So if you want to advertise soft core porn magazines on your layout,
Life Like has you covered!


There is more stuff to marvel at on this sign sheet if you look
closely.

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Edited by - Srenchin on September 06 2019 2:00:13 PM
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I'll hafta locate my signs I cut out of old 1950s to 1990s magazines
there are a few ads that date to pre-1950s too

Someplace in that photo album I have a sheet & there are misspellings on it
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