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  1. Greer permalink
    September 11, 2011 11:30 pm

    In your April “Sign of the Times” article you allude to the Courtesy Chevrolet sign on Camelback when discussing the work of Glen Guyett. Other publications leave this major work off Guyett’s resume. I am interested in what information you can provide as far as the history of that sign. My mother has always held that my grandfather, Joe Thrift, designed the sign, but as a commercial artist back in the day received no credit. She recalls him doing much of his work on bar napkins and cruising down Camelback to see the Courtesy Chevrolet sign when it was first lit. Unfortunately, my grandfather died before reaching middle age. My mother and three brothers recognize his work from time to time in various showcases for company’s anniversaries, but he remains unknown in history. If you can provide any additional information or contacts about early Phoenix signs and artists, it would be greatly appreciated.

    • marshallshore permalink*
      September 12, 2011 2:12 am

      Your correct in that the artist rarely received recognition for designs. What was your grandfather’s name and which company did he work for? I can ask around some of the sign folks, which does include Glen Guyett.

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