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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Bright Leaf Horse & Mule Pull Sign

We have had an amazing response to the first 5 episodes of Salvage Dawgs - many thanks to everyone for writing, calling and visiting us at our warehouse!  It's be so fun to hear from folks across the country.  I just received this email and wanted to share it:

I just discovered your great program on DIY and when I realized you were in Roanoke it make it even better.  However, last night was extremely special to me.  My father died last October at age 86 and my parents had been married for 65 years, so to help my mother transition to being alone, our family has been staying the nights with her.  Last night was my night and I introduced my mom to your show.  As we were watching, you were at an area that had mostly automobiles and buses, however among all this wreckage you discovered what you called a "real treasure," a sign with a horse with a clover in it's month which  was advertising, I think, the Bright Leaf farm.  I looked at the sign and said to my mom, that looks like a sign that dad painted and sure enough she remembered the sign and says she even has a picture of it. She remembers especially because once the sign was painted Dad was asked to add the piece of clover in the horses mouth.  Dad did sign painting as a side job.  This particular sign was painted for the head of the Farm Bureau in Chatham, Va.  How it ended up in this area, who knows. My mother teared up knowing that my dad's talent is still alive even after his death.  We were especially excited to see the value at $475.  Mom says he painted it about 35 or 40 years ago.

Just thought you might find this interesting.  Love your show and plan to visit at some time!

We are happy to see this artwork live on - it just sold to a customer in Ferrum, VA - and we'll be sure to pass along its history!

For more information about the artist, click HERE!


Anonymous said...

What a wonderful story! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Amazing story - I am shattered the sign has already sold - I wanted it really bad - just discovered your show last night - I love architectural salvage.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing. Certainly makes it even more special when you have "history" like this.

Mikey Fuller said...

Glad I found you guys! I haven't had cable in 10 years, so catching you on TV wasn't an option, but my aunt emailed me about the shop! I am in love! I think a road trip is in order!

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MOI said...

Love the story about the sign. Just wanted to let those on the show they bring a freshness to tv. Everybody just seems so happy and some grumbles but I love the show....Thanks for sharing the story about the horse and mule pull sign..