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Antique Advertising Items/Deluxe Check Printer's Spirit of America Prints


QUESTION: I have two folders of 5 prints each. They have some kind of cover letter. It says they are specially made paintings for the Spirit of America portfolio for Deluxe Check Printers Inc. I think they are prints and not paintings. I do not know what the are honestly and was hoping someone could shed some light. I was thinking maybe they were for presentation for this line of checks before it was made? Thank you in advance!

ANSWER: Hi Eric,

Can you send some pictures or scans of the items in question. I'll be happy to take a look and tell you what I can.

Dale Fenton

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QUESTION: Here are some pictures! Thank you very much!!

Hi Eric

These were produced as part of an advertising campaign to commemorate the bicentennial in 1976. They are not necesarily common but also are not really antique by the definition or in the sense that collectors are really after them. Value will only be $10-20 or so.

Dale Fenton

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I can answer your questions about the history of many popular antique advertising brands such as Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Tobacco Brands, Petroliana (Gas, Oil, and Automotive Items), Breweriana (Beer and Brewing Items), Barbershop Items, as well as other areas. I can also help with determining approximate values of your items. I know how to identify fakes, reproductions, and fantasy items for Antique Advertising items such as tins, posters, signs, displays, trays, mugs, clocks, and much more. Even with my experience I don't know everything, but if I'm stumped I can usually refer you to someone who does know about whatever it is.


I am a full time dealer working in Antique Advertising every day. I run the website which I built and maintain. I attend many shows, auctions, and other events related to Advertising Antiques and I know many other dealers and collectors interested in these items.

I have my BA in Architecture from Clemson University, my Master's of Architecture from Texas A&M. As far as education related to Advertising, I have an extensive library of books and literature related to these items and the many smaller collecting areas within it. I keep up with the published articles and information published by the AAAA.

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