California Signs (page 10)

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Muir Lodge
Martinez, CA
Jimmy Britt's
Martinez, CA
Cooper Bail Bonds
Martinez, CA
Florsheim Shoes
Martinez, CA
The Muir Lodge has been here since at least the 1960s. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Jimmy Britt's sign is part of a private collection. It was originally installed at Jimmy Britt's, a bar in Guerneville, CA. Jimmy Britt, a former boxer, opened the bar in 1947. The sign was there by 1956. The boxer's neon gloves were animated. For more, see this website. [map]

Cooper Bail Bonds was established in 1952. This sign could be from then with the "since 1952" painted on later. [map]

These Florsheim Shoes signs were mass-produced, with and without business names, for shoe stores. There are other ones like this in Decatur, IL and Aberdeen, SD. There was now a thrift store in the space below this sign when this photo was taken in 2015. By 2015, the store was vacant but the sign was still there. [map]

More Martinez Signs:
L&L Shopping Center [gone]

Bossen Laundry & Linen Supply
Marysville, CA
Bob's Lock & Key Shop
Marysville, CA
Quick's Glass Service
Marysville, CA
The Bossen Laundry & Linen Supply sign had neon originally. Some of the text has been painted over as well. [map]

Bob's Lock & Key Shop opened in 1950. This sign is probably from then. For more, see this website. [map]

Quick's Glass Service opened in 1953. This sign is probably from the 1960s. [map]

Cortez Room
Marysville, CA
The Cortez Room signs are probably from the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

More Marysville Signs:
Cottons Cowboy Corral: 1, 2
Mogheli's Furniture

Primo Burgers
Maywood, CA
2012: 2017:
I believe Primo Burgers is or was a chain in the Los Angeles area. This plastic globe looks like it revolved originally. It bears a strong resemblance to the Earl Scheib globes. Around 2014, the sign was restored. The plastic panels were replaced. [map]

Menlo Park, CA
This 7-Eleven sign is from the 1960s or early 1970s. There are several other examples in San Jose, CA. I have not seen signs with this design anywhere outside the Bay Area. [map]

Mendota Signs:
Sonora Department Store

El Capitan Hotel
Merced, CA
California Motel
Merced, CA
Slumber Motel
Merced, CA
The El Capitan Hotel was built in 1912. After a fire, the hotel was "reconstructed" around 1936. This sign may have been installed then. It was there by the 1940s. For more, see this website. [map]

The California Motel sign is probably from the 1940s. At some point, the sign was raised up on much taller poles. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

The Slumber Motel sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. The atomic feature on top of the sign may have been outlined with neon originally. [map]

Branding Iron
Merced, CA
The Branding Iron restaurant opened in 1952. This animated sign was built then by Merced Neon. The cowboy's lasso moves back and forth and encircles the restaurant's name. The brands at the top and bottom of the sign flash on and off. The sign is about ten feet wide. In 1987, the restaurant was damaged by fire and closed. A new owner reopened the place the following year. In order to restore the sign and keep it animated, the sign was designated a historical landmark by the City in 1988. Around 2004, heavy winds destroyed about 95 percent of the neon. The tubing was replaced and the sign was repainted soon after that. For more, see this website. [map]

Merced, CA


This 7-Up sign is probably from the 1940s. The sign was restored in 2011. For more see this website. [map]

There are two other old 7-Up billboard signs in Fresno, CA and one in Bakersfield, CA. There were two others in Portland, OR (1 and 2).

Bowl [gone]
Merced, CA
Rice Bowl
Merced, CA
Yosemite U Save Liquor
Merced, CA
Mirabel Springs Rancho
Middletown, CA
The Century Bowl sign was probably from the 1950s. The bowling alley closed in the mid-1990s. This photo is from 2014. The sign was still there in 2016 but gone by 2017. For more, see this website.

The Rice Bowl was a Chinese restaurant. This sign is probably from the 1950s. It closed around 2010. Since around 2012, the building has housed the New Thai Cuisine restaurant. The Rice Bowl sign remains. For more, see this website. [map]

The Yosemite U Save Liquor store was built as part of the U Save Liquor chain. There are similar signs at other Northern California locations in Fresno, Redwood City, and elsewhere. For more, see this website. [map]

The Mirabel Springs Rancho motel was built around 1949. It now houses an antiques store. This sign remains. [map]

Shaw's Candy &
Ice Cream Parlor [gone]
Millbrae, CA
2 a.m. Club
Mill Valley, CA
Goodman Building Supply
Mill Valley, CA
This Shaw's Candy & Ice Cream Parlor was part of a 50-store Bay Area chain. This location opened in 1947. This photo is from 2008. The store closed around 2010 and the sign is gone now. The first Shaw's Ice Cream opened in San Francisco in 1931. That is the only location left now. For more, see this website.

The 2 a.m. Club opened around 1940. This sign may be from then. For more, see this website. [map]

Goodman Building Supply opened in 1955. This sign is probably from then. For more, see this website. [map]

More Millbrae Signs:
Millbrae Theatre

More Mill Valley Signs:
Tamalpais Motel

Mineral Lodge
Mineral, CA
Gardens Resort
Miranda, CA
Bear Pit
Mission Hills, CA
Mission Hills Psychic
Mission Hills, CA
The Mineral Lodge sign appears to be from the 1960s. [map]

The Miranda Gardens Resort was built in 1929 as Pulscher's Motor Inn. In 1948, it was renamed the Miranda Gardens Resort. This sign is probably from then. For more, see this website. [map]

The Bear Pit started out as a small shack in Newhall, CA in the late 1940s. A few years later, the owner moved operations here. This sign is probably from the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

The Mission Hills Psychic sign is probably relatively recent. My guess would be 1960s or later. [map]

Welcome Arch
Modesto, CA
former Shakey's Pizza
To Go Kitchen [gone]
Modesto, CA
The Welcome Arch was built in 1912. The slogan "Water Wealth Contentment Health" came from a contest. The winner was "Nobody's Got Modesto's Goat" but the City decided it like the second place choice more. The sign has always been lit with light bulbs: 348 on each side. It was restored in 2012 with LED bulbs. For more, see this website. [map]

This former Shakey's Pizza to Go Kitchen sign looked much like this one originally. This was one of very few Shakey's Pizza Parlor's take-out locations. The top part of this sign with the lantern was removed when it was adapted for Luigi's Pizza around 2009. Around 2015, the sign was removed and replaced with a plastic box sign.

More Modesto Signs:
Camera Center [gone]
Scenic Drive-in
Tires by Dayton [gone]

Mojave Signs:
White's Motel [gone]

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