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California Signs (page 11)

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Oak Park Motel
Monrovia, CA
Simon
Equipment Rentals
Monrovia, CA
Airfan
Engineering
Company
Montebello, CA
Terraza Jamay
Montebello, CA
The Oak Park Motel's original sign featured a representation of a giant oak tree which was located on the property. This sign is probably from the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

Simon Equipment Rentals was established in Wichita, KS in 1946. This location opened in 1956 and the sign appears to be from then. For more, see this website. [map]

The Airfan Engineering Company sign is installed on the building that now houses Performance Forged Products. I assume fans were or still are produced here. The sign was probably built in the 1950s. [map]

I believe the Terraza Jamay nightclub has been closed since around 2009. This sign is probably from the 1950s but I don't know if it advertised for something else originally. [map]

Gar-Duno's
Taco King
Montebello, CA
Gar-Duno's
Taco King
El Monte, CA
Pink Elephant
Monte Rio, CA
Welcome sign
Monte Rio, CA
Gar-Duno's was established in 1941 and featured pastrami sandwiches. Mexican Food was added later and the chain became known as Gar-Duno's Taco King. These signs appear to be from the 1960s. The "Pastrami" portions of the signs were updated with "Taco King". The photo of the Montebello sign was taken in 2008. By 2012, the panels were replaced and the balls were replaced with flat round disks. The South San Gabriel, CA location is closed but the sign remains. [Montebello map]; [El Monte map]

The Pink Elephant opened in 1937. The bar closed in 2009. This sign was still there in 2016. For more, see this website. [map]

This Welcome sign appears to be from the 1950s or earlier. It reads "Monte Rio Awaits Your Return" on the other side. There is no neon on that panel. For more, see this website. [map]

Monterey:
Monterey Lanes

Ponzini's Community Garage
Morgan Hill, CA
Ponzini's Community Garage was founded in 1951. This sign may be older than that. [map]

Budget Motel
Mountain View, CA
Route 66 Motel
Needles, CA
Sage Motel
Needles, CA
Balboa Pharmacy
Newport Beach, CA
The Budget Motel sign appears to be from the 1940s or 1950s. The sign was previously painted blue. It was repainted sometime after 2012. This photo is from 2014. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Route 66 Motel was built from 1946-1947. It has been used for apartments since the 1990s. The sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. It was restored in 2012. [map]

The Sage Motel has been closed for many years but this sign remains. The sign is probably from the 1950s. [map]

The Balboa Pharmacy sign is believed to have been built around 1950. The sign was repainted in 2009. [map]

Mt. Shasta:
Veteran's Club

Napa:
Bell Products
Depot Hotel Italian Dinners
Val's Liquors

U-Drive
Newport Beach, CA
2013: 2015:
The U-Drive sign was built in 1933 for a boat rental business near the Balboa Island ferry. It was restored in 1999 and again in 2014. The sign is still installed next to the ferry. For more, see this website. [map]

Carter Sexton Artist's Materials
North Hollywood, CA
Vineland Wine Cellar
North Hollywood, CA
Circus Liquor
North Hollywood, CA
Carter Sexton Artist's Materials opened in 1944. This sign is probably from the 1950s. [map]

The Vineland Wine Cellar sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. The "liquor" letters might have been neon originally. [map]

Circus Liquor opened in 1959 and this sign is probably from then. It is about 25 feet tall. The sign was repainted between the 2008 and 2013 photos shown above. By 2017, the paint had faded again. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Starlite Room (now Starlite Cantina)
North Hollywood, CA
2013: 2015:
The Starlite Room opened in 1955 and this sign is probably from then. In 2013, the bar reopened as the Starlite Cantina. The sign was painted red and white. The neon text was changed from "Room" to "Cantina". [map]

Jolly Jug Liquor Store
Northridge, CA
Norwalk Square Shopping Center
Norwalk, CA
The Jolly Jug Liquor Store signs are probably from the 1960s. [map]

The Norwalk Square Shopping Center was designed by Stiles O. Clements and built from 1951-1954. The sign was updated in the 1980s with the addition of the hoops on the top and the word "Town." For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Pini Hardware
Novato, CA
DeBorba's Cocktail Lounge
Novato, CA
The Pini Hardware sign was installed in 1946 at the store's original location. When the business moved in 2004, the sign was restored and installed inside the new store. The sign may have had an animated hammer originally. For more, see this website.

DeBorba's Cocktail Lounge opened in 1909 as DeBorba's Saloon. This sign is probably from the 1950s or so. For more, see this website. [map]

H-B Saloon
Oakdale, CA
Negri's
Original Occidental
Occidental, CA
Surf Bowl
Oceanside, CA
The H-B Saloon sign is shaped like a sign from the 1940s or 1950s. I don't know if it has always advertised for this business. [map]

Negri's Original Occidental opened in 1943. This sign is probably from the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

The Surf Bowl has been here since at least the early 1960s. The sign has been updated a bit. For more, see this website. [map]

Vince's Spaghetti
Ontario, CA
Vince's Spaghetti opened in 1945. This sign is probably from the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

Custom RV Sales
Ontario, CA
Thunderbird Lanes
Ontario, CA
The Custom RV Sales sign previously advertised for Carl's Acres of Trailers. However, I believe this sign was originally built in the late 1960s or early 1970s for Bonanza Homes, a nationwide mobile home dealership. There are only about six surviving signs like this left including this one in Sulphur Springs, TX. There is an abandoned one in San Bernardino in very bad shape. This sign in Ontario is the best-preserved one remaining. The top part of the sign, above the cowboy's waist, originally revolved. For more, see this website. [map]

This Thunderbird Lanes sign has a 17 foot wingspan. It was originally installed on an 80 foot tall pylon. The Thunderbird Lanes was built in 1960 and closed around 1991. It was demolished in 1996 but this sign was saved. It is now located at the Museum of History and Art in Ontario. For more, see this website.

Selman Chevrolet
Orange, CA
Angel Motel
Orange, CA
Orange Cove Hardware [gone]
Orange Cove, CA
The Selman Chevrolet sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

The Angel Motel sign appears to be from the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

This Dutch Boy Paints sign at Orange Cove Hardware was located around the corner and down the block. I assume it was located on front of the building originally. I had not seen another Dutch Boy Paints sign with the letters mounted on rails like this. Usually, the business name was located where this sign reads "Dutch Boy Painter Products." This photo is from 2014. By 2016, the sign was gone.

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