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California Signs (page 17)

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Patio Drive-in
San Andreas, CA
The Patio Drive-in sign appears to be from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

San Bernardino Motel
San Bernardino, CA
Center Chevrolet [gone]
San Bernardino, CA
Clover Club [gone]
San Bernardino, CA
Jug & Jigger Liquor
San Bernardino, CA
The San Bernardino Motel sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

This photo of the Center Chevrolet sign is from 2008. Around 2009, the sign was adapted by Arrowhead Motors. By 2013, all that was left was a huge vacant lot. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

The Clover Club sign looked like it was previously painted light blue. Some of the paint still shows through behind the neon. This photo was taken in 2008. By 2013, the club had closed and the sign was gone.

The Jug & Jigger Liquor sign is probably from the 1960s or 1970s. [map]

Del Rosa Lanes
San Bernardino, CA
Sharene Motel
San Bernardino, CA
The Del Rosa Lanes opened in 1961. It closed in 2016. The building is still vacant and this sign is still there. [map]

The Sharene Motel sign was probably built in the 1950s or 1960s. The first photo was taken in 2008. Sometime after 2010, the sign had been repainted and the motel renamed the Dream Inn. The second photo is from 2013. [map]

Dib's Safe &
Lock Service
San Bernardino, CA
Lido Motel
San Bernardino, CA
Queen's Restaurant
San Bernardino, CA
Dib's Safe & Lock Service was established in 1926. This sign is probably from the 1950s or earlier. [map]

The Lido Motel sign appears to be from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

The Queen's Restaurant has been vacant for many years. The pole sign is probably from the 1950s. The signs on the building appear to be from the 1960s. Does anyone know more about this place? [map]

More San Bernardino Signs:
City Glass Co. [gone]
Gourmet Dinner House

Rolling Pin Donuts
San Bruno, CA
James Family Restaurant
San Fernando, CA
J&D Plumbing
San Gabriel, CA
San Gabriel Lanes
San Gabriel, CA
Lucky Center
San Gabriel, CA
Rolling Pin Donuts opened in 1958. This sign is probably from then. For more, see this website. [map]

The James Family Restaurant opened in 1953 and this sign appears to be from then. [map]

The J&D Plumbing sign is probably from the 1930s or earlier. There was probably another name on the top of the sign originally. The sign had been repainted when this photo was taken in 2012. It was previously brown. The "Sewers" lettering at the bottom of the sign was painted over. For more, see this website. [map]

The San Gabriel Lanes opened in 1955. The sign is probably from then. The business has been closed for many years. There are plans to demolish the building. It is unlikely that the sign will be saved. This photo is from 2012. The sign was still there in 2016. [map]

The Lucky Center shopping center was built in 1960. In 2012, it was renamed the San Gabriel Promenade. The "Lucky" supermarket part of the sign now reads "168 Market". [map]

Welcome sign
San Gabriel, CA
This San Gabriel Welcome sign is one of four identical signs. They were built in the late 1940s or 1950s. The signs have been restored a few times. [map]

Shakey's Pizza [gone]
San Gabriel, CA
Shakey's Pizza
El Monte, CA
Shakey's Pizza
Monterey Park, CA
Shakey's Pizza
Riverside, CA

Shakey's Pizza
Whittier, CA
2012 and 2013: 2017:
These neon Shakey's Pizza Parlor signs are now rare. The design was based on the design of this original Sacramento, CA location.

The photo of the San Gabriel sign was taken in 2008. By 2009, the neon sign had been replaced with a plastic version and the lantern on top was gone.

The El Monte and Monterey Park signs are still intact. For more, see this website. [El Monte]; [Monterey Park]

The sign in Riverside was looking pretty weathered when this first photo was taken in 2013. It was repainted just a few weeks later as shown in the second photo. However, the sign was not sanded down before the paint was applied over the rough patches and the paint was already peeling. It was repainted again by 2015. This is the only one that I know of with "Shakey's" written in neon on the side of the sign. For more, see this website. [map]

In 2016, the neon on the Whittier sign was replaced with backlit plastic. [map]

There was an adapted Shakey's sign in Downey, CA. That location returned to being a Shakey's and now has a plastic sign. [map]

There was an adapted sign in Modesto, CA but it is gone now.

Oasis Saloon
Sanger, CA
Five Corners Liquors
San Jacinto, CA
Village Plaza
San Lorenzo, CA
The Oasis Saloon sign appears to be from the 1950s or 1960s. For more, see this website. [map]

The Five Corners Liquors sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. It has been repainted different colors over the years. The neon was removed just before this photo was taken in 2017. [map]

The Village Plaza sign is probably from the 1960s. [map]

Pepe Delgado's
San Luis Obispo, CA
Mee Heng Low Noodle House
San Luis Obispo, CA
Shanghai Low
Restaurant [gone]
San Luis Obispo, CA
The Pepe Delgado's sign features different text on its two panels. This sign might have revolved. The restaurant opened in 1971. I suspect that this sign might be older and could have advertised for another restaurant originally. [map]

The Mee Heng Low Noodle House has been here since the late 1800s. This sign appears to be from the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

The Shanghai Low Restaurant sign appears to be from the 1920s. This photo is from 2008. The building was demolished in 2012. This sign was saved and put in storage. There are plans to reinstall it once the new development is completed. The letters on the bottom of the sign were probably opal glass originally. The glass letters were probably removed and a plastic panel was inserted to protect the interior of the sign and make the sign more readable. The panels appear to be ripple tin which was a textured material commonly used for signs in the 1920s and 1930s.

Homestead Motel
San Luis Obispo, CA
The Homestead Motel was built in 1964 and this sign appears to be from then. For more, see this website. [map]

Madonna Inn
San Luis Obispo, CA
The Madonna Inn opened in 1958. The animated sign was built in 1959. In the 1960s, the motel was expanded to include a dining room, gift shop, and 109 rooms each with a different theme decor. The sign was restored in 2001. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. [map]

More San Luis Obispo Signs:
Clubhouse at This Old House
Fremont Theatre
Sunset Drive-in
Wineman Hotel

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