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Dairy Queen
Williams, AZ
Dairy King [gone]
Richmond, VA
Dairy Queen
Benson, AZ
This Dairy Queen in Williams features an unusual embossed plastic pole sign. I assume this sign is vintage and was mass-produced but I have never seen another one like it. The building's roof appears to have been retrofitted to look similar to a more modern type. [map]

I don't know how many of these round neon Dairy Queen signs are original, altered, or recent replicas. This Dairy King sign in Richmond probably advertised for Dairy Queen originally. Despite the name change, this sign might have been the least transformed of those shown here since it matches this 1950s sign in Boston, MA pretty closely. This photo is from 2007. By 2013, this location had closed and the sign was gone.

The first photo of this Dairy Queen sign in Benson is from 2007. The second photo is from 2012. In 2008, the stand became the Old Benson Ice Cream Stop. The neon was removed and the sign was adapted. The "est. 1953" on the sign must refer to when the Dairy Queen opened. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Dairy Queen
Detroit, MI
Dairy Queen
Columbus, OH
This Dairy Queen sign in Detroit appears to be unique. The cone is very small and I doubt those uneven bulbs were part of the original design. The building was clearly built as a Dairy Queen. [map]

This Dairy Queen sign in Columbus was adapted for a nail salon. The rectangular piece was was an addition. The building was adapted as well. [map]

Dairy Mart Drive Inn
Mineral Wells, TX
Carol's Dairy Bar
Fitchburg, MA
The Dairy Mart Drive Inn sign looks like an imitation Dairy Queen sign. [map]

Carol's Dairy Bar was apparently a Dairy Queen originally. The sign has been adapted. [map]

Nick's Dairy Creme
Pueblo, CO
Nick's Dairy Creme was supposedly known as Nick's Dairy Queen previously. However, I have never seen an oval shaped Dairy Queen sign like this one with only the top part of the ice cream cone projecting from it. This may have been a copycat stand or the sign might have been replaced at some point. It mostly likely had neon originally. [map]

Snookies Malt Shop
Des Moines, IA
Snookies Malt Shop looks like it was built in the 1950s or 1960s. This sign appears to be an adapted Dairy Queen sign. However, the building does not look like a Dairy Queen. My guess is that Snookies acquired this sign at some point after they opened and had it reworked. This sign is lit at night. For more, see this website. [map]

Dairy Queen
Holbrook, AZ
The neon sign at this Dairy Queen is apparently unique. I have never seen a Dairy Queen sign promoting hamburgers before. This location opened in the early 1950s. This sign is supposedly from then or was there by 1957. The sign was originally installed by itself on a much shorter pole. The plastic lips logo sign is probably from the 1960s. The Drive Thru sign and arrow are probably from then as well. Dairy Queen developed the lips logo in 1960. The towering sign pole makes the sign visible from I-40. These photos are from 2012. The neon sign was nearly removed by corporate headquarters in 2016. However, after pressure from the public, the sign was allowed to stay. The lips logo sign at the top of the pole will be replaced with the new panels with the new logo ("DQ" text on lips with blue and orange swishes). For more, see this website. [map]

Dairy Queen [gone]
Holdrege, NE
Dairy Queen
Newberg, OR
Dairy Queen
Austin, IN
Dairy Queen [gone]
Sioux Falls, SD
The Dairy Queen sign in Holdrege featured a tilted cone on an abstract background panel. I have never seen this style anywhere else. The modern lettering indicates that this was a modern or updated sign. This photo is from 2006. The Dairy Queen is still there but this sign was gone by 2009.

The Dairy Queen signs in Newberg and Austin seem to be unique. The Newberg location opened in the late 1940s. It had a walk-up stand at that point. That building was torn down in the 1980s and replaced with one featuring a dining room. This sign has been here since at least the 1960s. It is extremely unusual. While it has the classic swirl on top, the ice cream is much more compressed on top that all the other Dairy Queens signs. It originally had five animated arrows extending off the panels, creating an "L" pattern around the cone. The lines on the cone were more curved and the lettering was squarer. The modern red "lips" logos at the bottom of this cone were added later. Dairy Queen developed this logo in 1960. In 2015, the Newberg location was gutted by fire. This photo was taken that same year when the building was surrounded by chain link fencing. This location reopened in 2016 and the sign is in the sign shop being restored to its original look. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4. [Newberg map]; [Austin map]

I believe this Dairy Queen sign in Sioux Falls was another modern and unique creation. I have not seen a neon sign with the lips logo before. This photo is from 2008. By 2011, the sign was replaced with a standard plastic Dairy Queen sign. For more, see this website.

Dairy Queen [gone]
Verona, PA
Dairy Queen
Bowling Green, OH
Dairy King
Norwalk, CT
I believe this Dairy Queen sign in Verona was unique. I have never seen another like it in real life or vintage photos. This photo is from 2012. By 2016, the sign was gone. It was replaced with a modern, plastic Dairy Queen sign. The building had been either remodeled or rebuilt.

According to the the owner, Meredith Myles, this Dairy Queen in Bowling Green has been here since the 1940s. However, this uniquely-shaped sign must be modern or refurbished. Both this and the Verona signs have a modern font style especially noticeable in the "Y"s. In vintage Dairy Queen signs, and even in some of the replicas, the Y's are flat in the middle. For more, see this website. [map]

This Dairy King sundae sign, faded as it is, is clearly a former Dairy Queen sign. It is probably from the 1960s or 1970s. These signs are very rare. The only other ones that I know of are in Hibbing, MN and Lincoln, IL. [map]

Dairy Queen [gone]
Wilmington, OH
Dairy Queen
Duluth, MN
This round Dairy Queen sign in Wilmington was either modern or refurbished. Note the unusual mention of "customer parking". The font size of "Dairy" was smaller than "Queen". The neon on the sign was protected behind clear plastic panels. Although the sign proclaimed "established in 1947", this building appeared to be from the 1960s. This photo is from 2009. This location was closed by 2012. The sign was still there then. By 2015, the building and sign were gone.

I believe all three of these Dairy Queen signs in Duluth are modern creations created in a vintage style. [map]

Dairy Queen
Columbia Heights, MN
This Dairy Queen sign is definitely a modern reproduction. I don't know how old this location is. [map]

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