Thursday, July 30, 2015

EXTREMELY RARE: Early 1960's 49'ers rotating Falstaff Beer Advertising Sign

Back in an earlier 49ers blog post dated, July 4, 2012, I talked about several 49er lamps I had.  One of which was a rotating sign which I was sure was some type of advertising sign but wasn’t sure which product it was used for.  I figured it was from the 1950’s or 60’s.  But after further 49er helmet history research, the 49er players wore a silver helmet in 1960-62 seasons. The helmet in the ad graphic has a relatively modern early 60’s style ear protection section as opposed to the bigger 1950’s style ear protection section.  

So, I decided to place some miniature 49er pennants on the rotating staff and figured that was cool…

Over the years I continued looking for various rotating NFL teams advertising signs and had a suspicion it was a cool beer sign or something to do with cigarettes.  I never found any NFL team advertising signs that were similar. Finally, my diligence finally paid off when I came across a generic rotating Falstaff Beer sign.  The front lamp area was blank white with the light on, so I figured it had been stripped of any team logo or slogan graphics, because it had glue evidence of something that had been attached on the front display.  I bought the generic one with hopes I could piece a complete, nice looking 49’ers Logo, Falstaff Beer sign together. 

I then bought the generic sign for about $50 bucks.  I put the generic sign in storage and nearly 2 years later I took out the two signs and placed all the best pieces together and FINALLY got a completed, truly authentic and pristine early 1960’s 49’ers Falstaff Beer advertising rotating sign.
Slogan/Mascot (Back) side
Logo (Front) side

The heavy main triangular base measures 8"x 10"  with graphics saying "Go, Go, Go, 49'ers!" and a 49ers player in a silver helmet.  It has a thumb-wheel switch that turns on the light in the base and a center metal post which slowly spins around. 

The main top display was a large rotating plastic Falstaff Beer coin measuring 12” in diameter and is 1” thick, with a thin floating translucent plastic frame around the large plastic coin. The front side of the gold coin has the main Falstaff Beer Logo in black and yellow. The flip-side of the gold coin has the mascot Falstaff man, with “old Pro” below his profile, and the slogan above him that reads “That’s my Beer”.  

The graphic in front features a 49er player wearing the silver colored 1960’s style helmet, and it looks very close to one of the 49er greats, Hugh McElhenny.  It would make sense that it would be him because he was a very popular 49er player in the early 1960’s.

Ultimately, I’m so stoked I found the generic sign and got the chance to make this AWESOME piece of vintage and classic advertising and 49er memorabilia.  

 I Love it!

Rotating Sign - Notice the coin look
Notice the 1" thickness

The sign will now proudly be displayed in my home office for all to take in it’s classic timeless beauty.  Plus, I wanted to share it here as well. 

Go, Go, Go, 49’ers!


Friday, April 10, 2015

* * * * The Niners Den Is Closed ! ! ! * * * *

The 1000 Sq. Ft. Bar/Den dedicated to the 49ers
located in Los Angeles county

It's official, the 1000 Sq. Ft. Bar/Den fully dedicated to the 49ers and their history is now completely closed and packed up into 36 or so large plastic bins and placed into storage.  (Has been since August, but couldn't come to grips with it until today).  

So, All the 150+ hanging pennants...
 ...and the non-hanging pennants...

All of the Museum framed pieces...
or other hanging things...


All the shelves with figures, balls, helmets, and odd ball stuff...


All the Hedy Collection Glassware and glasses from behind the bar...


All the various pin and button collections...

All the old and hard to get hanging posters... the posters that were plentiful

 All of the glass display cases that held chachkas and other odd ball things...

  ...1000's of things...

It's sad, yet I was able to add some of my collection into the 49ers Levi Stadium Museum, for all to see.
Me & Julie at the 49ers Levi Stadium Museum alongside our pennant display.
Regardless if it's all packed away in bins, or up in San Jose on display, I will always have the memories of what each item has meant and will mean in the future.  
And, as always...
Go Niners ! ! !

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

My VIP Visit to the 49ers Levi Stadium Museum

I just posted on my Facebook page some photos and descriptions of my recent trip to San Francisco to the private VIP party for the Grand Opening of the 49ers Levi Stadium Museum.  I supplied the museum with my 1940's-50's pennants and they're now up on their own wall in the museum.  
Julie and I standing by my pennants on display.
I was also able to meet some of the former 49er greats that were at the VIP opening.

Facebook Link to the 49ers Museum VIP Event Post

View the pics and comments on my Facebook page.

I had a blast meeting former 49ers players.
So excited that I was able to meet my Football Hero, John Brodie.  COOL ! ! !
John Brodie and Me looking over his display

Not every day you can up against SBXVI & XIX linebacker Dan Bunz...He suggested it.
(Sorry about the video camera angle, my wife was handling the camera, she was trying on such a last minute notice, but you can see what's going on)


Some of the players I met.
Hall Of Famer - Fred Dean 
Bob St. Clair 
Dan Bunz
Trying on Dan Bunz SBXVI & SBXIX Rings - SWEET!
Tony Parrish
Keena Turner
Guy McIntyre
Ricky Watters
Legendary 49ers Announcer - Joe Starkey 
Hall Of Famer - Y.A. Tittle

Monday, August 11, 2014

My Oldest Pennants Hanging at the new 49ers Levi's Stadium/Sony Museum

Sometimes you just have to BOAST about something so cool or that you're apart off.  Well, I'm BOASTING about the fact that I have a display of my pennants at the new 49ers Levi Stadium/Museum.  My pennant display is upstairs and in the new 49ers Sony Museum.  Jerry Walker of the 49ers has sent me this picture that I can now publish and share with everyone.  I'm so proud to be apart of my team and even though I don't live in Northern California, I have a little part of me with my team.  So, sorry about the boasting and the pride, but hey if you've been a fan of the 49ers since you were a little kid and now you get to be apart of the "team", I think you would boast too.

My 1940's & 1950's Niner Pennant Collection perched on it's own display panel in the new 49ers Levi Stadium/Sony Museum

1950'S Gibbs-Conner Porcelain 49ers Bank

1950's Gibbs-Conner 49ers Porcelain Bank

It doesn't get any more classic than to have one of these 1950'S Gibbs-Conner Bank 49ers 8" Porcelain Banks in your collection. This is the first GC Bank I have in my collection and hope to add more types down the road.  The money people pay for these old banks is incredible.  Luckily, I didn't pay much and know a bargain when I see it.  As a collector I realize the rarity of these banks and in my earlier years probably passed a few up just to get to the nice new shiny object that came out on the market that year.

The style of these banks are so classic and l love the hand crafted nature of each teams mascot.  For the 49ers, our beloved Niner even has the '49' belt buckle.  I believe there are other styles and colors of uniforms and will be on the look out as I go into antique shops and the like.  If you know of any other types of 49er Gibbs-Conner banks, please send me a note, I'd love to see it.  

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Wow...My 'Signing Day' with the 49ers !

Signing my San Francisco 49ers Contract
It's not everyday that you get a packet in the mail and it's from the San Francisco 49ers, from Niners great, ol' #58, Keena Turner, who's now the VP of Football Affairs.  The packet was a contract/loan agreement for the items I'm sending up to San Francisco for the new Levi's Stadium Museum (See previous post of items going).
I wish it were the 'lucrative contract' that some of the players get...oh well at least when I go to the stadium and see my stuff hanging up in the museum instead of my house; I will have a massive sense of pride and connection with the team.

I was told yesterday that my name is up on the Levi's Stadium, museum website contributors page.  Sure enough, and to see my name with some names of former players, families of players and some of the folks that are fanatical like me, pretty cool!   I'm definitely going to be at the museum opening with the rest of the VIP's.  Can't wait.


My name (Michael May) among the 49ers Levi's Stadium museum contributors