Donut Signs (page 2)

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Donut Dip
West Springfield, MA
The Donut Dip opened in 1957. Its building, interior and signs all appear to be original. These photos are from 2009. The signs were repainted sometime between 2013 and 2015. The brown paint is now read. For more, see this website. [map]

Daylight Donuts
Emporia, KS
All Star Donuts
San Francisco, CA
Hunt's Donuts
San Francisco, CA
The Willard's Daylight Donuts sign appears to be from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

The All Star Donuts sign was built around 1951. In the 1990s, the sign read Hunt where it now reads "All Star." The neon had not worked for many years. The bottom part of this sign was previously painted yellow. It was repainted around 2006. In 2014, the business closed. In 2015, the Glaze Teriyaki restaurant opened in the space. This sign remains intact. [map]

There was another Hunt's Donuts location and sign in San Francisco. That nearly identical sign is now displayed inside Neon Works in Oakland. That location also had a painted wall sign which has been recently uncovered (photo above right). [map]

Donut Whole
Wichita, KS
Circus Donuts
Torrance, CA
The Donut Whole opened in 2008. This is a reworked sign from a previous business. [map]

Circus Donuts appears to be from the 1960s. [map]

Donut Corner
Oakland, CA
Jolly Pirate Donuts [gone]
Lancaster, OH
Jolly Pirate Donuts
Grove City, OH
Honey Dip Donuts
Columbus, OH
Donut Corner has been closed for many years but this sign remains as of 2015. This photo is from 2008. The sign has more rust since then. For more, see this website. [map]

This Jolly Pirate Donuts in Lancaster opened in 1966. The store closed and was demolished in 2003. I don't know if this sign was saved.

The Jolly Pirate Donuts in Grove City still has a nicely preserved neon and plastic sign. There are still more than a dozen other Jolly Pirate Donuts in OH, WV and KY. However, I don't believe any of these locations have this style sign. For more, see this website. [map]

This Honey Dip Donuts store has an adapted Jolly Pirate Donuts sign. For more, see this website. [map]

There is another adapted Jolly Pirate Donuts sign in Columbus, OH for the Golden Donuts & Diner. [map]

Jolly Donut
Sandusky, OH


As far as I know, the Jolly Donut is not related to Jolly Pirate Donuts described above. The plastic panel depicting three donuts was replaced with a new one between 2007 and 2012. Hidden behind the brick is a Mountain View diner from 1954. For more, see this website. [map]

Spudnut Shoppe
El Dorado, AR

former Spudnut Shop
Plainview, TX
2012: 2017:
Spudnuts are potato flour doughnuts. The nationwide chain was founded in 1946 in Salt Lake City, UT. The company no longer exists but there are still many remaining stores operating independently. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

I believe the Spudnut Shoppe in El Dorado has been here since the 1950s. [map]

The Spudnut Shop in Plainview opened in the early 1950s. The store moved to this A-frame building in 1968. The store became Benjamin Donuts in 2014. I believe the store still sells potato donuts. [map]

More Spudnut Shops:
Amarillo, TX: 1, 2 [gone]
Pampa, TX
Charlottesville, VA [map]

Daylight Donuts
Laramie, WY
Daylight Donuts
Tulsa, OK
Daylight Donuts is a nationwide chain with about 900 locations. The company was founded in Tulsa in 1954. For more, see this website.

The Laramie sign is probably from the 1960s. Although they must have been mass-produced, I haven't seen another one like this. [map]

This building in Tulsa was built in the early 1950s as a Tastee-Freez. It was later an Arby's and a Shaw's Drive-in, before becoming a Daylight Donuts. Over the years, the building was expanded and the outdoor patio enclosed.

This sign was originally constructed for Shaw's Hamburgers and adapted for Daylight Donuts. While it was still Shaw's, one of the poles with a star had to be cut off for power lines. These photos are from 2011. Daylight Donuts can't afford the estimated $20,000 to restore the sign. However, in 2012, the sign was repainted and the neon on the sign panels was removed. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Donut Drive-in
St. Louis, MO
American Doughnut Company [gone]
St. Ann, MO
The Donut Drive-in opened in 1952 with this sign. The original business name remains unclear. The neon stopped working around 1993 and the sign crashed to the ground from internal rot in 2007. The sign was restored in 2008 with grant money from the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program and the National Park Service. The three-way flasher creates the illusion of descending donuts on the side of the sign. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The American Doughnut Company sign had an arrow originally. It still had neon in 2010. By 2012 when this photo was taken, the shop had been converted into a daycare center but the sign was still there. By 2013, the sign was gone.

Jack n Jill Donuts
Waco, TX
This Jack n Jill Donuts is part of a chain with other locations in Texas. This neon sign was probably built in the 1950s. It might have originally been installed on the pole where the plastic sign is now. I don't believe any other Jack n Jill Donuts have neon signs. This may have been the original location or may be the oldest location left. [map]

California Do-Nut Co.
St. Louis, MO
2005: 2012:
The California Do-Nut Co. shop opened in 1948. The sign on the facade appears to be from then. The building has been vacant since at least 2005. The storefront has been boarded up since around 2009. The plastic sign only has one panel left now. In 2015, it was announced that the donut shop will be reopening. The space is being renovated and the sign will be painted turquoise and relit. The new shop will use the same name and is expected to open in 2016. [map]

Country Inn Donut Drive-in [gone]
St. Louis, MO
2010: 2012:
As far as I know, the Country Inn Donut Drive-in was not related to the Donut Drive-in described above. This sign may have been inspired by the Krispy Kreme design from the late 1950s and early 1960s with the same round letter design. It might actually be a reworked Krispy Kreme sign like this one in St. Louis which is gone now. The "Country Inn" plastic panel was broken in 2007 and later replaced. This portion of the sign might have been neon originally. The store may have gone by another name. There was also a plastic sign on the building. By 2012, the store had closed and the sign was in storage at the Antique Warehouse. For more, see this website.

Sonrise Donuts
Springfield, IL
Mel-O-Cream Donuts
Springfield, IL
Sonrise Donuts opened in 1947. This sign was built in 1956 I don't know if the spelling of the business was a religious or a family reference. The store closed in 1998. A few different restaurants have occupied the building since then but the Sonrise sign remains. [map]

Mel-O-Cream Donuts was founded in 1932. They began franchising in 1964 and by 1980, they had 14 stores. Since then, they have focused on wholesale production. They have five locations in Springfield and another in Lincoln, IL but only this one on North Grand has the old signage and shop. These photos are from 2005. The pole sign was refurbished sometime between 2007 and 2010. The neon was removed from the crown at that time. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Honey Creme Donut Shop
New Albany, IN
Donuts Delite
Rochester, NY
The Honey Creme Donut Shop neon sign is protected behind plexiglass. For more, see this website. [map]

Donuts Delite opened in 1958 and closed in 2005. After the building sat vacant for five years, it was then taken over by Salvatore's Pizza. Then, in 2010, Donuts Delite returned. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Dutch Uncle Donuts
Coldwater, MI
Dutch Uncle Donuts looks like it's probably from the 1960s. I believe this was the only location. [map]

Dutch Boy Donuts [gone]
Denver, CO
Dutch Boy Donuts opened in 1947. The windmill sign is believed to be from 1960. The store closed in the 1990s. The main sign featuring cascading donuts is probably from the late 1950s or 1960s. Although another business occupied the building in 2004, the pole sign was still there but covered up. I don't know what eventually became of it. There were two windmill signs on the roof. One went to the American Sign Museum and the other was meant to go to the Colorado Historical Museum. The sign intended for the historical museum was too badly damaged during its removal to be saved. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4. [photos thanks Harry Grass]

Dutch Girl Donuts
Detroit, MI
Dutch Girl Donuts opened in 1947. As far as a I know, this was the only location. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Kane's Doughnut House
Saugus, MA
South Paw Donuts
Metropolis, IL
Six O One Donut Shop
Pittsburg, KS
Kane's Doughnut House opened in 1955. This sign flashes on and off at night. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

South Paw Donuts features this giant donut sign. The store has been here since at least the 1990s. [map]

The Six O One Donut Shop is named after its address, 601 South Broadway St. The building is a former gas station. [map]

Maple Donuts
York, PA
Maple Donuts
Goldsboro, PA

The Maple Donuts chain started in 1946. As far as I know, of the four locations in south central Pennsylvania, only these two have the giant donuts. The York dought mailbox disappeared around 2013 but the one in Goldsboro is still there. That doughnut has been repainted from nuts to sprinkles. The York building has been remodeled but the giant doughnut on the roof remains. [York map] [Goldsboro map]

Top Pot Doughnuts
Summit Ave. E.
Seattle, WA

Top Pot Doughnuts
5th Ave.
Seattle, WA
Top Pot Doughnuts
35th Ave. NE
Seattle, WA

Top Pot Doughnuts
NW 46th St.
Seattle, WA

The Top Pot Doughnuts sign at the Summit Ave. E. was salvaged from a local Chinese restaurant. It originally read "Top Spot" but when the "S" fell off after several years in storage, the owners decided to go with "Top Pot" as the name for its new doughnut shop in 2002. [map]

The second location on 5th Ave. also features a repurposed sign. This vertical sign is from the 1940s and originally hung at Western Outfitters in Yakima, WA. In 2003, the sign was restored and the text adapted for Top Pot Doughnuts. The bucking bronco was left intact and the neon bounces back and forth between two mirror images. [map]

In 2005, Top Pot Doughnuts opened its third location on 35th Ave. NE in a former gas station. The giant doughnut on the roof serves as the sign. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. [map]

The location on NW 46th St. opened in 2012. This metal, industrial style sign complements the Ballard Blocks building where the store is located. [map]

Twin Donuts
Boston, MA
Dunkin' Donuts [gone]
Quincy, MA
Dunkin' Donuts [gone]
Brighton, MA
Twin Donuts opened in 1953. The name came from the store owner's twin sons which were born that same year. [map]

The Quincy Dunkin' Donuts opened in 1950 and was the company's first location. This reproduction of a 1950 photo was found at a Dunkin' Donuts in Wells, ME. Today, Dunkin' has over 5,000 stores worldwide.

The Brighton Dunkin' Donuts sign was from 1957. It was the last of the original signs. In 2008, the sign was taken down and replaced with a plastic box sign. The last I heard, the old sign was in a sign yard waiting for a buyer. There is a similar sign in Lake Park, FL but I don't know how old it is. [photo thanks DinerFan] For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

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