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Happy Hour Club
Auburn, CA
California Club
Auburn, CA
Izy's Corner Pub
Auburn, CA
Foothills Motel
Auburn, CA

The Happy Hour Club opened in 1933 but has been gone for years. This sign which is probably from the 1950s remains. [map]

The California Club sign was probably built in the 1950s or 1960s. For more, see this website. [map]

The Izy's Corner Pub sign is probably from the 1950s. The peeling paint reveals that the sign was red at one time. The font style on this sign does not look original. This bar may have gone by a different name originally. For more, see this website. [map]

The Foothills Motel was designed by Armet & Davis and built in 1955. The firm designed the Denny's coffee shop next door at the same time. These signs may be from then. The red sign on the right had panels below it and an arrow above it originally. The signs were restored around 2006. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4. [map]

Tomer Drugs
Avenal, CA
Avenal Sporting Goods
Avenal, CA
Avenal Hotel
Avenal, CA
The Tomer Drugs sign might be from the late 1940s or 1950s. [map]

The space below the Avenal Sporting Goods sign now houses the Avenal Outlet department store. This sign might have advertised for something else originally. [map]

The Avenal Hotel sign looks like it's from the late 1940s or 1950s. [map]

former Lou La Bonte's
Auburn, CA
Drive-in Liquor [gone]
Auburn, CA
Lou La Bonte's opened in 1946. This sign may be from then or from the 1950s. The "Restaurant" and "Breakfast" panels were probably added later. The restaurant closed in 2014 just after these photos were taken. In 2015, the sign was adapted for Awful Annie's with backlit plastic letters. The chef detail remains. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

This Drive-in Liquor store might have been owned by Lou La Bonte's. It was located directly behind the restaurant and I could find no other business name for it. This sign was probably from the 1950s or 1960s. The skiing bird appeared to be copied from Heckle and Jeckle cartoons. This sign was removed in 2015 when Awful Annie's moved into the restaurant.

La Tolteca
Azusa, CA
Palm Cafe [gone]
Barstow, CA
Torches Motel
Barstow, CA
La Tolteca opened at this location in 1967 and this sign appears to be from then. For more, see this website. [map]

The Palm Cafe opened in 1960 in a converted gas station. This sign was likely from then. The cafe closed in 2013 and the sign was gone by 2015.

The Torches Motel was built in 1960 and this sign appears to be from then. I believe the top "Motel" portion of the sign revolved. The sign originally had individual, vertical letters panels that spelled out "Motel" above the current "Torches" part of the sign. For more, see this website. [map]

El Rancho Motel
Barstow, CA
Cactus Motel
Barstow, CA
Village Hotel & Cafe
Barstow, CA
The El Rancho Motel was built around 1947. I believe this sign was erected then. For more, see this website. [map]

The Cactus Motel sign has been here since at least the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

The Village Hotel & Cafe rooftop sign has been there since at least the 1950s. The "Village" sign might have been built later. I believe the hotel was built in the 1930s. [map]

Tom's Welding & Machine Shop
Barstow, CA
Tom's Welding & Machine Shop has a large collection of local and gasoline-related signs. [map]

Shore Acres
Bay Point, CA
Stardust Motel
Bell, CA
Mill-Jack's Mobile Home Park
Bellflower, CA
This Shore Acres sign is installed above the Joe's Hot Dogs building which is located in the Shore Acres Shopping Center. It appears to be from the 1950s. [map]

The Stardust Motel sign was probably built in the 1960s. The sign was restored around 2014. For more, see this website. [map]

Mill-Jack's Mobile Home Park may have gone by a different name originally. The sign probably had neon. [map]

Johnson
Jewelers
Bellflower, CA
Allied Muffler
Bellflower, CA
American Wheel & Tire
Bellflower, CA
Johnson Jewelers opened in 1954 and this sign appears to be from then. The store was closed and vacant in 2012. The sign remains for now. For more, see this website. [map]

Allied Muffler opened in 1952 and this sign is probably from then. [map]

I'm pretty sure the American Wheel & Tire sign is vintage. [map]

Boos Window
& Floor Coverings
Bellflower, CA
Five Star Liquor
Bellflower, CA
Boos Window & Floor Coverings opened in 1945. This sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

The Five Star Liquor sign incorporates parking lot lights into its design. It was repainted sometime between 2008 and 2012, when these photos were taken. [map]

Victory Drugs
Bellflower, CA
2012: 2014:
Victory Drugs opened in 1946 and the twin signs were probably installed on the building then. In 2014, the name of the store had been changed to Victory Home Medical Supplies. The neon was removed and the signs were repainted and reworded. [map]

Chris & Pitts Bar-B-Q
Bellflower, CA
Chris & Pitts Bar-B-Q
Downey, CA
The Chris & Pitts Bar-B-Q chain was founded in Lynwood, CA in 1940. The Bellflower location was the fourth one built. I don't know if any of the other buildings were painted in this log cabin style. [map]

The Downey location was the sixth in the chain. I'm told this is not the restaurant's original sign. [map]

The Chris & Pitts' Van Nuys location closed in 2003. However, the neon sign was saved. Part of it went to the Museum of Neon Art in Glendale, CA and the other part is at the American Sign Museum in Cincinnati, OH. For more, see this website.

Econo-Doormasters
Belmont, CA
Lariat Tavern
Belmont, CA
Welcome sign
Ben Lomond, CA
Econo-Doormasters opened here around 1939. The sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. The genie character was developed by the Genie Garage Door Company and used in its advertising. For more, see this website. [map]

The Lariat Tavern sign is probably from the 1950s. The "Tavern" text on the sign looks suspiciously modern to me. There may have been different wording there originally. For more, see this website. [map]

The Ben Lomond Welcome sign is probably from the 1930s or so. The neon was restored around 2009. [map]

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