A sign painted by a Gretna man 40 years ago ended up on the national reality television show, “Salvage Dawgs,” last week.
Carolyn Simpson Baker, who now lives in Houston, Texas, said the sign for the Bright Leaf Horse and Mule Pull was painted by her father, the late Carroll Simpson.
Simpson, who died last October at the age of 86, painted the sign for Farm Credit in Chatham.
It featured a horse and tobacco leaf along with black lettering on a gold background.
Baker’s mother, Ruth Simpson, and sister, Dianna Lavoie, recognized the sign while watching the show on the DIY network.
Lavoie contacted Black Dog Salvage in Roanoke, which is featured in the show, and found the sign on its website.
The show’s producer said the sign was sold for $475 to a customer in Ferrum.
“I looked at the sign and said to my mom, ‘That looks like a sign that dad painted,’ and sure enough she remembered the sign and says she even has a picture of it,” said Lavoie, a teacher at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham.
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