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California Signs (page 12)

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Cockatoo Hotel [gone]
Hawthorne, CA
Phil's Bike Shop
Hawthorne, CA
The Cockatoo Hotel closed in 1996 and was demolished in 2005. The Cockatoo Inn opened as a restaurant in 1946. I don't know when the hotel was built. This sign was probably from the 1950s. A Candlewood Suites was built on the property but the sign remained. The first photo above is from 2008. The sign had been repainted by the 2013 photo above. The sign was removed around 2017. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

I believe Phil's Bike Shop has been here since at least the 1950s. The sign may be from then or the 1960s. This photo is from 2013. In 2016, this sign was partially painted bright green. This bicycling character appeared on a sign in Long Beach, CA. Perhaps there were other Schwinn signs like this or the Hawthorne and Long Beach stores were related. [map]

More Hawthorne Signs:
Chips Restaurant

Healdsburg Signs:
Raven Theatre

Cinderella Motel
Hollister, CA
Levitz Furniture [gone]
Huntington Beach, CA
The Cinderella Motel sign appears to be from the 1950s. It is lit at night and the arrow flashes. The sign originally had more neon text at the bottom of the panel. There was also a neon Office/Vacancy sign below it. The bulb arrow is a recent addition. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

These photos of the Levitz Furniture signs were taken in 2008. The signs were removed in 2009. Levitz declared bankruptcy in 2008 and all of the locations have closed. The company's giant sign towers featured spinning neon logos. The company was founded in 1910 and had about 80 locations throughout the West Coast, Southwest, and Northeast. Here are some of their other locations which had older signage: Mesa, AZ, Fresno, CA, Glendale, CA, Sacramento, CA, and San Leandro, CA. For more, see this website.

Gage Bowl
Huntington Park, CA
Ray's Den Motel
Independence, CA
Shields Date Gardens
Indio, CA
Tropics Motor Hotel
Indio, CA
Little Giant
Printers [gone]
Indio, CA
The Gage Bowl was built in 1960. For more, see this website. [map]

The Ray's Den Motel sign is probably from the 1940s or 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

Shields Date Gardens was founded in 1924 by Floyd and Bess Shields. This 40 foot tall sign and the current building are from 1953. I don't know if this sign ever had neon. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Tropics Motor Hotel was built in 1965. It was part of a 1960s chain with five locations in the area, including the now-named Caliente Tropics Resort in Palm Springs. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

The Little Giant Printers sign might be from the 1960s. It doesn't look like it had neon. This photo is from 2015. By 2017, the sign was gone.

More Independence Signs:
Pines Cafe
Winnedumah Hotel

Le Roy's
Credit Jewelers
[gone]
Inglewood, CA
Mobil
Inyokern, CA
Hotel Del Rio
Isleton, CA
Le Roy's Credit Jewelers was gone when this photo was taken in 2008. By 2011, this sign was gone. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

The Mobil sign is installed on a Mobil gas station canopy. I have not seen a neon Mobil pegasus on a horizontal sign panel before. For more, see this website. [map]

The Hotel Del Rio opened in 1949. This sign may be from then. [map]

More Inglewood Signs:
Academy Theatre

El Campo Casa Motel
Jackson, CA
The El Campo Casa Motel was built in 1941. This rooftop sign is probably from then. It originally read "El Campo Motel." For more, see this website. [map]

Reno's Hardware
Kerman, CA
Reno's Hardware opened in 1948. This sign looks like it might be from then or the 1950s. [map]

Kernville Signs:
Whispering Pines Lodge

Little Bear Cottages
Kings Beach, CA
Crown Motel
Kings Beach, CA
Falcon Lodge
Kings Beach, CA
The Little Bear Cottages sign is probably from the 1950s. It originally had neon. [map]

The Crown Motel opened in 1957 and this sign is probably from then. It is now known as Ferrari's Crown Resort but this sign remains. For more, see this website. [map]

The Falcon Lodge opened in 1958 and this sign appears to be from then. [map]

More Kings Beach Signs:
Ann's Cottages
Gold Crest Motel

Kramer Junction Antiques
Kramer Junction, CA
Kramer Junction Antiques features an antiques store and this warehouse which contains a collection of signs, antique cars, and other items. [map]

Plaza Center
Lafayette, CA
Arlie's Club
Lake Isabella, CA
Isabella Super Market & Tackle
Lake Isabella, CA
The Plaza Center was completed in 1964. This sign appears to be from then. For more, see this website. [map]

Arlie's Club opened in 1962. This sign might be from then or from earlier when the bar had a different name. [map]

Isabella Super Market & Tackle might have added the "Tackle" sign later. The signs are probably from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

Lakehead Signs:
Klub Klondike

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