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Iconic New Bedford sign removed

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By: Dee DeQuattro
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An iconic sign that shined over 195 in New Bedford for over two decades is being removed.

The copper and brass Paul Revere sign that once belonged to the Revere Copper and Brass Company will no longer greet drivers in New Bedford because of safety concerns.

The sign was obtained by the city after the Revere Copper and Brass Company shut its doors and served as a community bulletin board for years. The company was founded by Paul Revere himself in 1801 in Canton. Massachusetts. The neon sign was installed on the roof of the company’s New Bedford branch in 1948. In the 1970’s the lights stopped blinking but in 1994 a group banned together to rehabilitate the historic icon which was deteriorating. The copper and brass sign was reinstalled in 1998 with working lights and all. About a year ago the lights once again ceased to blink.

On Tuesday, the 25 feet tall and 44 feet wide sign is being removed because it posed a safety concern to the community. According to the Department of Public Infrastructure the sign was so badly deteriorated that it became a concern that it or pieces of it may fall off or be blown away.

The city will store the sign while it considers options about what should be done with it going forward. The city has not ruled out restoration.

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