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ca. 1920s Attributed to Elmer A. Hallock painted wood with painted metal saw 11 1/2 x 47 3/8 x 2 in. (29.2 x 120.3 x 5.1 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson 1986.65.332 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 26A

Luce Center Label

This sign probably hung outside a hardware store or on the side of a traveling cart to advertise for a tradesman. An unknown artist painted the words on the blade of a real saw to create a recognizable visual symbol.


Object - other - sign

Object - tool - saw

Object - tool - scissors


folk art

readymade - tools