Hey there! Happy first day of fall. I’ve got some fall projects lined up for next week but in the meantime, I am super excited about today’s vintage find. Here’s a peek…
Any idea what that ‘A’ could be?
It is a vintage marquee letter circa 1950’s. The black letters measure about 18 inches high by 12 inches wide. Here are all of the letters I scored!
The letters were used to display performers’ names at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, PA in the late 50’s/early 60’s. The theater is an ornate local venue that exudes vintage charm. The Keswick brings some big names from time to time. Currently they use plastic 3-D letters on the marquee.
Yours truly performed in dance recitals there as a kid. I loved being backstage. There are so many great details like the heavy 2-story crimson curtain and the ornate columns that extend to the ceiling. Plus the old dressing rooms seemed so Broadway to me with big bright make-up lights. Oh the vintage charm of that theater even struck me as a kid.
Another time I went to see Cyndi Lauper perform and got her autograph right in the parking lot by the stage entrance. I have so many memories from the old Keswick. I am thrilled to own a piece of it.
Luckily the marquee letters were saved from the possibility of death by landfill! When I heard they were available, I jumped on the opportunity to own a few. Since I didn’t have an immediate need for these letters, I decided to go with the Wheel of Fortune final puzzle tactic and select the most commonly used letters. R-S-T-L-N-E are always a given on the show.
That seemed like a good strategy until I found out that not all of those letters were available. I ended up selecting N-S-D-L-G-A. Actually I got 2 D’s. I couldn’t leave one behind! I am going to hang one D in my office.
I played around arranging the letters to see what words I could spell.
I love the letters exactly as is for decorating an office, kid’s room, family room or man cave but they are great for crafting too. Here is a look at the back. The letters are made of pegboard and there are D-hooks are still in place that latched onto the marquee. That should make hanging easy. Do you want to own one?
How would you display it?