This is a terrific small porcelain warning sign that we believe was made for an electric power company, that would have been used to protect workers while they were out repairing power lines and other equipment. DANGER it screams out, "Men On Line Do Not Close Switch" in bright red and demanding black on white.
Please see our photos for a good picture of both sides. On one side appears the maker name " McMath-Axilrod Dallas "
This is strong, sound sheet steel, a full 1/16 inch thick, with heavy porcelain layers baked onto both sides. There are two hanging holes, both with intact grommets, to which a leather strap is attached. There are only a few chips in the surface, all around the edges and none in the lettering. The leather hanger strap is dry and brittle, we did not try to condition it.
It weighs about 14 ounces -- nearly a pound -- very heavy for its size, 5.75 inches by 8 inches long.
The McMath-Axilrod Company of Dallas Texas is noted for producing several types of signs, including many for gasoline and oil companies. We found several 1950s era advertisements for them, but no other company history. They may have produced signs for railroad, dairy and other companies.
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