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Tell me, have you seen this Yellow Sign?
« on: May 08, 2016, 04:30:41 PM »
Recently I've been receiving strange packages from someone in Buffalo, New York. Inside have been various King in Yellow-related objects (more information on this to follow).

In the latest package, I received this curious pendant. It appears to be an artistic rendition of the Yellow Sign, or at least I assume that's what it is. But it's not a version of the Sign that I've ever encountered before. I was curious if anyone in this august and well-informed community might be able to help me track down the origin of this particular version?

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Re: Tell me, have you seen this Yellow Sign?
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2016, 07:18:46 PM »
Whatever you do, don't go to any shows they send you tickets for.

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Re: Tell me, have you seen this Yellow Sign?
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2016, 07:32:54 PM »
I have not seen that Yellow Sign before although that one is pretty nice if indeed that is what that is.

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Re: Tell me, have you seen this Yellow Sign?
« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2016, 03:36:31 AM »
do you think anyone you know would sign you up for the mystery in a box service.
https://www.mysteriouspackage.com/

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Re: Tell me, have you seen this Yellow Sign?
« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2016, 10:54:27 AM »
do you think anyone you know would sign you up for the mystery in a box service.
https://www.mysteriouspackage.com/

It's quite possible, though I don't know who.

I have not seen that Yellow Sign before although that one is pretty nice if indeed that is what that is.

It's quite specifically close to the description of the first appearance of the Yellow Sign in the R.W. Chambers story of the same name:

I opened the box. On the pink cotton inside lay a clasp of black onyx, on which was inlaid a curious symbol or letter in gold. It was neither Arabic nor Chinese, nor as I found afterwards did it belong to any human script.
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Re: Tell me, have you seen this Yellow Sign?
« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2016, 12:16:15 AM »
You likely know this by this point, but this looks (haven't dug for pics) to be the Yellow Sign as rendered on the cover of the first edition print by F. Tennyson Neely - the 'sign' in question actually being the initials FTN - now that I look at it, it certainly could be those letters in a stylized script.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow_Sign#F._Tennyson_Neely_monogram

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Re: Tell me, have you seen this Yellow Sign?
« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2016, 10:01:33 AM »
You likely know this by this point, but this looks (haven't dug for pics) to be the Yellow Sign as rendered on the cover of the first edition print by F. Tennyson Neely - the 'sign' in question actually being the initials FTN - now that I look at it, it certainly could be those letters in a stylized script.

linky:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow_Sign#F._Tennyson_Neely_monogram

Ah ha! I did not know that. That's very helpful. Thank you. Here's an image:


I must say, I much prefer this version to the more common Chaosium-created curlicue one. That one looks too much like a question mark and strikes me as hokey and immersion-breaking. I don't much care for the swoopy five-pointed star Elder Sign for the same reason.
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Re: Tell me, have you seen this Yellow Sign?
« Reply #7 on: May 11, 2016, 12:01:08 PM »
I actually prefer the Chaosium version of the yellow sign but I like the idea there are many different signs.

Regarding the elder sign I do have a preference for the branch style rather than five pointed star one but again like the idea multiple signs.

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Re: Tell me, have you seen this Yellow Sign?
« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2016, 05:08:39 PM »
Colour me educated! I did not realize that was the original Yellow Sign. Good catch.