email: roadarch@outlook.com

California Signs (page 15)

(hit "refresh" to get the most recent version of this page; click on photos for larger images)

Valley Bowl
Madera, CA
El Molino
Mexican Imports
Madera, CA
The Valley Bowl sign appears to be from the 1950s or 1960s. The bowling alley is still operating. [map]

The El Molino Mexican Imports sign advertised for another business originally. Does anyone know what was here previously? For more, see this website. [map]

More Madera Signs:
former Vintage Buick [gone]

Mad River Signs:
Mad River Liquor

Malibu Sport Fishing Pier
Malibu, CA
Hangar Inn
Manhattan Beach, CA
The Malibu Sport Fishing Pier sign is probably from the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

The Hangar Inn sign probably had neon originally. The bar also features a plane's tail projecting from the roof. This place is not far from Los Angeles International Airport. [map]

Best Western Motel
Manteca, CA
2014: 2017:
This former Best Western Motel crown sign is installed on top of the Taqueria Nayarit sign. This photo is from 2014. By 2016, the building was occupied by the Cabana Del Sol restaurant and the crown sign had been repainted blue and red. The remaining neon was removed. From the look and layout of the buildings at this site, I suspect that there was a Best Western Motel here originally. These sign-toppers were mass-produced and distributed nationwide by the chain. For more, see this website. [map]

Union 76
Maricopa, CA
Bett's Gold Coin Sports Tavern
Mariposa, CA
Frost Shop
Drive-in [gone]
Mariposa, CA
This Union 76 sign is probably from the 1950s. The gas station it hangs over is long closed. [map]

The Bett's Gold Coin Sports Tavern sign originally advertised for the Gold Coin Club. This sign is from the 1950s or earlier. There was a smaller panel under the sign which read "Dining Room." The Gold Coin Club opened in the 1880s as the Gold Club Saloon. It closed in 1989. In 2011, the bar reopened as Bett's Gold Coin Sports Tavern. At that time, the sign was restored and adapted for the new business name. [map]

The Frost Shop Drive-in building was demolished in 2004. The sign was still there when this photo was taken in 2005. By 2011, the sign was gone. For more, see this website. [photo/info Daniel F.]

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]

7-Eleven
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

Alameda Albany -
Apple Valley
Arcadia -
Barstow
Bakersfield Bay Point -
Beverly Hills
Big Bear Lake -
Bridgeport
Buellton Buena Park -
Carpinteria
Catheys Valley -
Costa Mesa
Cotati -
El Centro
El Dorado -
Escondido
Eureka -
Garden Grove
Fresno Gilroy -
Happy Camp
Hawthorne -
Lakehead
Hayward &
San Leandro
Lakewood -
Lindsay
Lodi -
Lone Pine
Long Beach Los Angeles Merced -
Monterey
Morgan Hill -
Oceanside
Oakland
Ontario -
Pacifica
Pasadena -
Petaluma
Pico Rivera -
Pomona
Porterville -
Redondo Beach
Redwood City -
Richmond
Rio Vista -
Roseville
Sacramento Salida -
San Bernardino
San Bruno -
San Luis Obispo
San Diego Area San Francisco San Jose San Mateo -
Santa Barbara
Santa Clara -
Santa Monica
Santa Paula -
St. Helena
Stockton
Sun Valley -
Ukiah
Upland -
Vernon
Victorville -
Wilmington
Woodland -
Yuba City
Museum of
Neon Art

Main Signs Page