A Mystery M*A*S*H Signpost


For almost 20 years, Alex has had a M*A*S*H signpost in storage that he knows nothing about. He’s curious if anyone can help figure out where it came from. Recall that two signposts were originally built for M*A*S*H, one kept at the 20th Century Fox sound stage and the other outdoors at the Fox Ranch in California.

When a fire destroyed the outdoor M*A*S*H set in 1982, a third signpost was built. It later ended up at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. M*A*S*H set decorator Bert F. Allen held on to the sound stage signpost, which sold for $25,000 in a July 2005 Profiles in History auction.

Here are some pictures:

It’s possible Alex’s signpost is a fan-made recreation, like many others. There are two things that make Alex wonder if it could be somehow connected to M*A*S*H, 20th Century Fox, or CBS. The individual signs have alignment numbers on the back, which could mean the signpost was designed to be moved around, perhaps for promotional purposes. Also, the metal base plate matches the base plate of the sound stage signpost.

Does anyone know if 20th Century Fox or CBS had a M*A*S*H ever had a signpost built for promotional purposes?

2 Replies to “A Mystery M*A*S*H Signpost”

  1. I don’t think this is legitimate. I just spent a couple of cursory minutes and I noticed two things:
    * The font on Alex’s signpost for BOSTON does not resemble the font in the other pictures of the signpost in the article on the actual signpost.
    * Similarly, the “B” in Burbank in Alex’s signpost does not have a “smooth” hole in the bottom of the “B.” The hole juts out a little on the left-hand side, like it is a small square attached to the rounder part. On the actual signpost, this is “smooth” (hope this is descriptive enough).

    Studio artists usually try to make exact replicas because they want everything, shot-for-shot to be absolutely exact. I didn’t spend other time looking at other parts and making more comparisons, but this is what jumped out after just a couple of minutes of looking. Sorry / hope this is helpful.

  2. The shape of the Coney Island sign is wrong as well. The curved part of the right end is the opposite of any pictures I can find of the actual sign post. There are multiple other minor differences as well on the various signs.

    It is very well done and very similar to the original though. The post itself is what is striking to me, as it looks like something that sat outside for a long period of time.

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