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October 30, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MORSE MUSEUM WILL ACQUIRE HISTORIC MERITA BREAD SIGNS
WINTER PARK, FL—The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of
American Art will acquire the landmark Merita Bread neon
sign through a gift from Maudlin International Trucks of
For eastbound travelers on I-4, the towering Merita Bread
sign was the unofficial lighted gateway to Orlando for more
than 50 years. The Merita Bread Bakery shut down in November
2012. Merita Bread broke ground on its plant on Division
Avenue in Orlando In 1960.
Earlier this month, Maudlin purchased the property from
Flowers Foods, which last year bought the assets of
Merita’s parent company, Hostess Brands. Maudlin plans
to develop a state of the art dealership representing
International® commercial trucks on the property.
The Merita Bread sign was one of many iconic and locally
belovedneon signs designed by the late Bob Galler of
Orlando’s Graphic Systems Inc. Galler told the Orlando
Sentinel in 2004 that the Merita sign originally had a
round clock with hands on the top rather than the digital
display and that it also used to say “Merita Bread & Cake”
instead of just “Merita Bread.”
The donation from Maudlin International Trucks includes
three signs. The larger two, which were visible from I-4,
measure approximately 18 feet high by 30 feet long.
In addition, the gift includes the neon letters from the
building front that spellout “Merita Bread Company.”
The Morse Museum will remove the signs for storage on
November 12 and 13. “The Morse is thrilled and grateful
to be able to add these historic signs to our collection
of Florida art,” said Director Laurence J. Ruggiero.
“They are splendid examples of this lively American art
form that warrant respect and preservation for the benefit
of the future generations.”
The Museum’s collection includes signs from more than 50
local companies,shops, and restaurants. The more famous
Restaurant, McNamara Pontiac, and Gary’s Duck Inn—also
designed by Bob Galler.
While the museum has no immediate plans for exhibiting
its sign collection,it continues to collect based on
design, condition, and historic importance to the community.
The Morse Museum, 445 N. Park Avenue, Winter Park,
Florida, is home to the world’s most comprehensive
collection of works by Louis ComfortTiffany (1848–1933).
The Morse is owned and operated by the Charles Hosmer
Morse Foundation and receives additional support from the
ElizabethMorse Genius Foundation. It receives no public
funds. For more information,please visit www.morsemuseum.org.
Maudlin International Trucks, 2300 S. Division Avenue,
Orlando, Florida,is the leading medium and heavy duty
commercial truck dealer serving the Central Florida market.
With nearly 300 employees, the company operates 6 dealerships
covering 23 counties representing International® commercial
trucks. Maudlin International Trucks, doing business as
Idealease of Orlando and Jacksonville, also provides
commercialtruck leasing and rental and offers mobile
and dedicated maintenance services. Additional information
can be found at www.maudlininternational.com.
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