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[Small Archive of Production Designs for Sandblasted Signage]

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[Small Archive of Production Designs for Sandblasted Signage]

250.00

A small archive of production materials from the studio of California sign maker Walter Methner highlighted by 2, large watercolor on card concept renderings of sandblasted signage for the California restaurants Marie Callender's and La Fondita. Methner is recognized in the sign trade as having been the first to introduce the practice of sandblasting into sign making in the late 1960's from his Newport Beach studio. With innovative techniques he detailed in an autobiographical article in the January 1982 issue of SIGNCRAFT magazine, Methner revolutionized the craft and heavily influenced the prevalent sign trends of the following decades as sandblasting could effectively mimic the results of hand-carving of wood at a fraction of the cost and time involved. Signs like those depicted in the materials here would come to dominate street fronts, subdivision entrances, sidewalk fronts, golf courses, etc... in the decades to follow (and continue to endure). 

By the mid-1970's Methner had burnt-out on running a bustling studio and scaled down his operation into a mobile operation, a custom workshop-RV, and covered California, working primarily in sign maintenance. The included, circa 1980's sales folder advertises his services in golf course signage repair and maintenance.

A small though uncommon assembly of process materials from a noted California sign maker whose significant influence seems largely unheralded outside of the trade.

METHNER, Walter : [Advertising] : [Signmaking]. [Small Archive of Production Designs for Sandblasted Signage]. [Quincy, California]: [ca. 1970's]. 3 ink and watercolor rendering (2 on board, 1 on thin cardstock ; largest approximately 16" x 20" ; smallest approximately 12" x 10") ; 1 pencil sketch (approximately 22" x 10"); 1 approximately 8" x 10" color photograph ; 1 illustrated marketing brochure folder ; 1 business card. Small watercolor on card with moderate wear, otherwise contents clean, well preserved. About good to very good.

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A small archive of production materials from the studio of California sign maker Walter Methner highlighted by 2, large watercolor on card concept renderings of sandblasted signage for the California restaurants Marie Callender's and La Fondita. Methner is recognized in the sign trade as having been the first to introduce the practice of sandblasting into sign making in the late 1960's from his Newport Beach studio. With innovative techniques he detailed in an autobiographical article in the January 1982 issue of SIGNCRAFT magazine, Methner revolutionized the craft and heavily influenced the prevalent sign trends of the following decades as sandblasting could effectively mimic the results of hand-carving of wood at a fraction of the cost and time involved. Signs like those depicted in the materials here would come to dominate street fronts, subdivision entrances, sidewalk fronts, golf courses, etc... in the decades to follow (and continue to endure). 

By the mid-1970's Methner had burnt-out on running a bustling studio and scaled down his operation into a mobile operation, a custom workshop-RV, and covered California, working primarily in sign maintenance. The included, circa 1980's sales folder advertises his services in golf course signage repair and maintenance.

A small though uncommon assembly of process materials from a noted California sign maker whose significant influence seems largely unheralded outside of the trade.

METHNER, Walter : [Advertising] : [Signmaking]. [Small Archive of Production Designs for Sandblasted Signage]. [Quincy, California]: [ca. 1970's]. 3 ink and watercolor rendering (2 on board, 1 on thin cardstock ; largest approximately 16" x 20" ; smallest approximately 12" x 10") ; 1 pencil sketch (approximately 22" x 10"); 1 approximately 8" x 10" color photograph ; 1 illustrated marketing brochure folder ; 1 business card. Small watercolor on card with moderate wear, otherwise contents clean, well preserved. About good to very good.