Cold War Era Danish Civil Defense Telephone Sign with Flashing Light - Vintage Militaria - Industrial Sign


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Anders Vestergaard watched in sadness as the last of the boxes were sealed. Anders was a Second Level Assistant Administrator for the Danish Civil Forsvar (Civil Defense) Ministry. He’d been there since the mid 1960s, all through the Cold War years. It was his idea for the battery operated flashing telephone sign which could be put virtually anywhere to direct people to working phone banks in case of natural disaster or worse, an attack by the Soviets. It was even his idea to make them purple and white. But the cold war was over and now everybody had cell phones so the emergency land lines were deemed “obsolete” by the higher ups at C.F. His grand idea now amounted to 857 boxes of unused “CF - TELEFON” signs relegated to scrap or sale as surplus. Before the boxes of signs were all loaded into the back of a truck, he set one aside and placed it in the trunk of his Volvo. When he got home, he promptly mounted the flashing sign above his old land line telephone much to the chagrin of his wife Freja.

Here's a super unique find-- a circa 1970s-80s Danish Civil Defense telephone sign ready for your eclectic decor. This sign measures 27.5" long, 8" tall and is 3.25" wide. It is designed to be mounted to a wall but also stands sideways for display on a table, window sill, etc. The mounting plate measures 10.75" X 3.5". With the exception of the steel mounting plate the sign is made of aluminum and painted dark purple with white letters which read "CF-TELEFON" (Civil Defense Telephone) on both sides. There is a 3" high glass globe at the end with a light that flashes slowly. The light operates on as few as 4 and as many as 16 "D" sized batteries so there's no need to wire it. There is a switch on the bottom panel to turn it on or off. The lamp has a built-in light sensor so it shuts itself off automatically in outside daylight conditions. Once switched on, the light will flash under most interior lighted situations but will shut itself off if under high light or outside daylight. The battery bank can is accessed by removing one screw and pulling out the hinged bottom panel. Note that once it is mounted to a wall, if you need to replace the batteries, you'll have to unmount it to access the bottom panel release screw to get to the batteries. We are including 4 batteries installed so it will operate right out of the box. We'll even include the original operating instructions (in Danish). No telephone included. This rare piece would look great on display in a designers/typographers studio, man cave or an industrial themed decor.

This sign is in excellent vintage condition and looks like it has never been used and in storage its entire life. We found a few light scratches to the painted finish on the bottom panel (near front corner) otherwise it is in great shape.

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