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A brief history of the M*A*S*H signpost.
The M*A*S*H signpost that was donated to the Smithsonian. Photo credit: National Museum of American History

Instantly recognizable to millions of viewers of the television series M*A*S*H (CBS, 1972-83), this is possibly the most famous signpost of all time. During the series’ run, three of these signs saw screen time.

One burned in a fire on the set, one (main image) was donated to the Smithsonian and a third was auctioned off to charity. Today, if you make the trek through California’s Malibu Creek State Park to the original set location, you will find a replica (see below) standing in the spot where the original handpainted signpost once stood.

A replica of the original M*A*S*H signpost stands in California’s Malibu Creek State Park.

A replica of the original M*A*S*H signpost stands in California’s Malibu Creek State Park.

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