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Caution Optional » Blog Archive » Do I make you Horni Baby?

Do I make you Horni Baby?

Here’s an interesting sign I picked up recently.
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Just another run of the mill, porcelain FIRE sign? Maybe.
Then again, maybe not…
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Although Horni (like Econolite, AGA, Darley, Crouse Hinds and other signal manufacturers) also trafficked (don’t like my puns, get your own damn website) in signs, I hadn’t seen any actual Horni signs outside of ads before. Here are a couple of Horni signs that I’m definitely Horni for…
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4 Responses to “Do I make you Horni Baby?”

  1. 3liteguy Says:

    Hey this looks like a decent place to start. I think I have a copy of that ad around somewhere ;) and we won’t even begin to discuss the copyright infringement on the banner. When did you come across that sign? I have to wonder if Horni made signs for the city of New York or did they always have a sign shop.

  2. admin Says:

    Whoops, sorry for the delay in approving your comment! Still getting used to WordPress and didn’t see that I had comments lodged in moderation. If I can’t set it up to automatically notify me, I’ll disable moderation and take my chances with the spammers.

    Copyright infringement? Hehe, don’t get me started on copyright and patent law. I kind of figure that after fifty years, everything should be in the public domain. :-)

    I picked up that sign a month or two ago off the bay. AFAIK, Horni (as well as most other signal Mfrs of that time) had a complete line of regulatory and warning signs. Of course, like signals, the heaviest usage of a manufacturer’s signs is in the town and surrounding area where they’re produced. I don’t <strong><em>think</em></strong> that Horni was locked into NYC, but I’ve been wrong before (in 1974 and again in 1989). Did I get that advert from you? LMK so I can provide proper attribution. I’ve got a bunch of stuff tucked away on my computer from all over the place and I frequently forget where I originally found it. I prefer to use my own stuff (shot or scanned) when possible for that very reason.

    Cheers,
    Ed T.

  3. Randy Says:

    Well, seeing as how it’s been a little over a year since I posted in this blog (thread? throg? blead?) I did come upon a new and interesting find whilst scouring ebay. My newest aquisition is an old compass (pencil and pointy thing gizmo imprinted with the Horni manufacturing name. Perhaps this was the compass that aided in designing the Horni signal? I doubt that, but I was not aware that Horni made design tools. Any info on that?

  4. admin Says:

    Randy, that’s VERY interesting and would be a heck of a coinkydink. In the past six months or so I’ve come across another compass and a plumb bob stamped with the name of our favorite NYC signal (rhymes with Shmuleta). I don’t know about Horni, but I’m fairly certain the Ruleta tools (even though they’re stamped “Ruleta of New York”) is a different company…

    I’d love to be proven wrong though.

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