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By One time
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Has anyone ever identified the make up of the Be Not Afraid sign on the mayors desk?

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It looks some sort of plastic, has anyone ever made a run of these available?

Or perhaps they were sold in greater numbers in the early 80’s.

I think it would potentially be a well selling item as a sign like that transcends the movie.
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By One time
#4937730
I always thought the white letters were 3D and stood out from the black background.

I’ll try to get the sharpest screenshot I can from the 4K release and not a screen picture using a phone.

If anyone else wants to attempt a clear 4K screenshot, be my guest.

Anyone care to wager a guess on the dimensions and font?
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By Alex Newborn
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The Mayor's Office scene was shot in the actual New York city hall, though not in Ed Koch's real office, but in a twin to it used by City Council President Carol Bellamy.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carol_Bellamy

https://ghostbusters.fandom.com/wiki/New_York_City_Hall

One interesting detail that I found, considering the presence of the Archbishop in the movie scene, is that the quote 'Be Not Afraid' is possibly a reference to Pope John Paul II's first speech when elected to the papacy in October of 1978.

My gut instinct is that it's not a prop manufactured for the film, but was simply a 'had it for five years now' possession of Bellamy's already on the desk when they came in to film for two days.

But I have no evidence to support this theory, and haven't found any matching hits looking for a vintage desk sign with that slogan.

It almost looks like a quick and dirty printed cardboard standee.


It's glossy and reflective when you see it in a moving video clip, though. Watch whenever the mayor passes in front of it.



Possibly made from acrylic?

Alex
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By One time
#4938034
The Mayor's Office scene was shot in the actual New York city hall, though not in Ed Koch's real office, but in a twin to it used by City Council President Carol Bellamy.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carol_Bellamy

https://ghostbusters.fandom.com/wiki/New_York_City_Hall

One interesting detail that I found, considering the presence of the Archbishop in the movie scene, is that the quote 'Be Not Afraid' is possibly a reference to Pope John Paul II's first speech when elected to the papacy in October of 1978.

My gut instinct is that it's not a prop manufactured for the film, but was simply a 'had it for five years now' possession of Bellamy's already on the desk when they came in to film for two days.

But I have no evidence to support this theory, and haven't found any matching hits looking for a vintage desk sign with that slogan.

It almost looks like a quick and dirty printed cardboard standee.


It's glossy and reflective when you see it in a moving video clip, though. Watch whenever the mayor passes in front of it.



Possibly made from acrylic?

Alex
Awesome detail. Thanks!

I guess it is acrylic.

How would we go about making a run of these?

Any idea on the dimensions or font? I'd pay sweet money to get one of these on my desk!
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By Kingpin
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Any idea on the dimensions or font? I'd pay sweet money to get one of these on my desk!
The lettering is sans-serif, similar to Helvetica (the Subway font), but the middle crossbar on the F looks to be a tad narrower on the sign... Though it could be an optical illusion.

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