Private Stash: Dekalb Spinner

As a collector from the Midwest, there are a few things that I get asked continually if I ever see when I’m out shopping. One of them is a vintage Dekalb metal sign with the flying ear of corn logo. Until a couple weeks ago my answer was always “no.” Well, at least not at an attainable price. This all changed when I came across this at a tag sale.



Perhaps it’s not a massive, epic enameled sign someone might be hoping for, but as an item from the 1940s that was meant to be used outdoors, it’s in near-new condition. Signs like this were given to farmers who purchased Dekalb hybrid seed corn. The sign holder is barbed on one end to allow it to be hammered into a wooden fence post where it would act as a billboard and a weathervane. Clearly this piece never made it out of the barn.

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