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Foster's Freeze was the first soft serve ice cream chain in California. The company was founded by George Foster in 1946. The first location was built in Inglewood, CA. The company was officially named Foster's Old Fashion Freeze. It is now known as Fosters Freeze. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Foster's Freeze
Buellton, CA
These Foster's Freeze signs are located at Mendenhall's Museum of Gasoline Pumps & Petroliana. I don't know where they were originally installed or if they came from the same location. The first sign shown in the top row above would have been installed on top of the roof at early locations like this one. Very few of these are still on display at operating locations now. I have not seen one of these porcelain enamel menu board signs anywhere else.

former Foster's Freeze
Menlo Park, CA
This Foster's Freeze was built in 1950. The rooftop sign is the same design as the one in Buellton above. It is set an an angle and partially hidden by a tree which makes it difficult to shoot. When the pole sign was repainted, it eliminated the original details (see other signs below). In 2015, it was announced that this location would be closing and that the building would be demolished. In 2016, the building was still there but the signs were gone. [map]

Foster's Freeze [gone]
El Centro, CA
This Foster's Freeze featured a neon pole sign and sign panels which were evidently part of a rooftop sign like those shown above in Buellton, Menlo Park, and below in Brawley. This location closed in 2016. By 2017, the building was boarded up and the signs were gone.

Foster's Freeze
Brawley, CA
This Foster's Freeze opened in 1952. It still has the original rooftop sign. There was probably a neon pole sign previously. [map]

Foster's Freeze
Inglewood, CA
This Foster's Freeze might be located on the site of the first stand built in 1946. However, this building is probably not the original. I believe the earliest buildings all had rounded corners like many of those shown below. There would also have been a neon sign here originally. [map]

Foster's Freeze
Los Angeles, CA
This Foster's Freeze location appears to be from the late 1940s or early 1950s. It features one of the early examples of the chain's signs. The ice cream portion of the cone was apparently plastic or glass and probably backlit originally. However, this sign is now missing the neon tubing. [map]

Foster's Freeze
Los Angeles, CA
Foster's Freeze
Los Angeles, CA
The first Foster's Freeze shown above is located in the Eagle Rock section of Los Angeles. It was probably built in the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

The second Foster's Freeze above features a repainted pole sign and a more modern sign above the original building. I believe this location was built in 1949. [map]

Foster's Freeze
Los Angeles, CA
This Foster's Freeze has been closed since at least 2012. This photo is from 2016. [map]

Foster's Freeze
Gilroy, CA
Foster's Freeze
Torrance, CA
The Foster's Freeze in Gilroy has an updated building but it still has the original neon sign. The sign's "Old Fashion" lettering has been painted over and that portion of the neon was removed. [map]

This Foster's Freeze was built in 1947 as the company's 23rd stand. It is supposedly the second oldest Foster's in Los Angeles County. The oldest is supposedly the one in Hawthorne (see next page). However, that location has been remodeled and the neon sign replaced with a plastic one. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Foster's Freeze [gone]
Paso Robles, CA
The Foster's Freeze in Paso Robles opened in 1952. The building has an addition to the roof. The canopy is also not original. The sign's "Hamburgers" and "Drive Thru" panels must have been added later. This location closed in 2014. By 2015, the signs were gone and the building had been painted beige and was housing a Mexican restaurant. For more, see this website.

Foster's Freeze [gone]
San Luis Obispo, CA
This Foster's Freeze had an addition to the roof. The canopy was also not original. In 2014, this location closed. The signs were removed soon after that. The building was still there but vacant in 2015. For more, see this website. [map]

Foster's Freeze
Berkeley, CA
This Foster's Freeze is probably from the late 1940s or early 1950s. This sign was reworked at some point. For more, see this website. [map]

Foster's Freeze
San Jose, CA
This Foster's Freeze was built around 1949. For more, see this website. [map]

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