Hall's Distemper 'workmen' sign (Dinky Toys 13)
Hall's Distemper 'workmen' sign (Dinky Toys 13)1935 catalogue image (i)
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Hornby Wall (display)
A model of a pair of workmen in caps and white overalls, each carrying pots of paint or glue in their right hands, and carrying the ends of a long "Halls Distemper" sign raised up on their left shoulders.
This is based on a real novelty sign that the "Halls Distemper" brand used to use, featuring oversized cutouts of a pair of workmen hefting the banner. The sign would be placed behind bushes and trees alongside a railway track to catch the eyes of train passengers as they passed by.
It's been placed (appropriately) amongst the bushes and greenery of Hornby's countryside accessories, as recommended in the catalogue description.
Since the model is meant to be placed amongst trackside greenery for authenticity, the patch of ground under the workmen's feet, which makes the base of the model, is painted green.