Sailboard inventor was also a sign painter
Bill Walker
Bill Walker
Bill Walker
60 years between repaints
60 years between repaints
60 years between repaints
In his research on the project, Jim came across this photograph of the building in the 1920s which shows an Art Nouveau wall sign.

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By SignCraft Magazine

Posted on Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Sailboard inventor was also a sign painter

SignCraft reader Steven Jacobson, Steve’s Pinstriping & Signs, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, sent us an interesting newspaper obituary for S. Newman Darby, who died recently at 88. Newman was a second-generation sign painter by trade who built sailboats in his spare time.

In 1964, his experimenting led them to create the first sailboard, which he sailed on lakes near his home in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. In 1965, he wrote an article for Popular Science magazine, telling how he developed the sailboard. He went on to build and market them, but was ahead of his time, and the company closed a few years later.


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