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California Signs (page 21)

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Frostie
Ukiah, CA
Forest Club
Ukiah, CA
Mobil Country Club
Ukiah, CA
Frostie opened in 1950. This sign remains although the business was demolished in 2002. [map]

The Forest Club has been around since at least the early 1950s. This sign might be from then. It was repainted between 2012 and 2015. It was previously painted brown. This photo is from 2016. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

This Mobil Country Club mobile home park sign is from the late 1950s or early 1960s. There was another location in San Jose, CA which opened in 1960. I don't know if there were other locations. [map]

More Ukiah Signs:
I.O.O.F.
Triple S Camera Shop
Water Trough

Taco King
Upland, CA
Pietro's Pizza
Vacaville, CA
Vacaville U-Save Liquor
Vacaville, CA
Taco King has been here since at least the 1960s. This sign appears to be from then. The first photo is from 2013. By the second photo from 2017, the sign had been repainted. For more, see this website. [map]

Pietro's Pizza opened in 1956. This sign is probably from then. For more, see this website. [map]

Vacaville U-Save Liquor was part of a Northern California liquor store chain. This photo is from 2014. By 2016, the neon had been removed the sign was repainted. There are locations with similar signs in Merced, CA, Fresno, CA and elsewhere. [map]

Ranchotel
Vacaville, CA
2008: 2014:
The Ranchotel motel opened in 1953. This sign is probably from then. The neon horseshoe on top of the sign is gone now. The bottom of the sign is obscured by trees. For more, see this website. [map]

Kay's Auto Sales
Vallejo, CA
Hart's Jewelers & Pawn Shop
Van Nuys, CA
Heart's Coffee Shop
Van Nuys, CA
The Kay's Auto Sales sign appears to be from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

The Hart's Jewelers & Pawn Shop signs might be from the 1950s. The two panels on the face of the building were probably back-to-back as a double-sided pole sign originally. [map]

The Heart's Coffee Shop sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

More Vallejo Signs:
The Relay

Allan's Aquarium & Pet Center
Venice, CA
The Allan's Aquarium & Pet Center signs are probably from the 1960s. [map]

Lincoln Hardware
Venice, CA
El Patio
Hotel
Ventura, CA
State Cafe
Ventura, CA
I believe Lincoln Hardware has been here since 1930. This sign is probably from the 1950s. [map]

The El Patio Hotel was built in the 1930s and this sign appears to be from then. The hotel is now used for low-cost housing. [map]

The main State Cafe sign was adapted for the Star Lounge. The sign was originally painted red. There was a small "The" panel at the top which is missing now. The bottom of the sign read "Open 24 Hours". The State Hotel sign, shown above on the right, is in the alley next to the building. I assume it was probably located on the front of the building originally. Both signs are lit at night. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Hong Kong Inn
Ventura, CA
Roger's Pharmacy
Ventura, CA
The Hong Kong Inn was established in 1964. The restaurant moved to this location in 1973. In 2012, the owners retired and closed the restaurant. However, in 2014, new owners have reopened the restaurant. The sign has been restored. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

The Roger's Pharmacy sign and building appear to be from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

Ventura Leather
Ventura, CA
former Shakey's
Pizza Parlor
Ventura, CA
OCO Tool Company [gone]
Ventura, CA
Silver Sands Motel
Ventura, CA
The Ventura Leather sign might be an adapted neon shoe repair sign. [map]

This former Shakey's Pizza Parlor sign was adapted by Rusty's Pizza Parlor and Pizza Man Dan's. The restaurant became Pizza Man Dan's in 2012 and this sign may be replaced. The original Shakey's name has been covered over with a vinyl sign. The "& Ye Public House" neon on the bottom has been removed. This sign in Monterey Park, CA shows an older example of what this Ventura sign would have looked like. [map]

The OCO Tool Company was established in 1940 and this sign may have been from then. This photo is from 2012. By 2015, the sign was gone.

The Silver Sands Motel was probably built in the 1950s. [map]

Casa de Soria Cafe
Ventura, CA
2012: 2014:
Casa de Soria Cafe opened in 1958. This neon owl part of the sign might be from then. The sign was probably then updated with the plastic panel or built entirely in the 1960s. The sign was restored in 2014. [map]

Surf Liquor
Ventura, CA
2012: 2014:
The Surf Liquor sign was probably built in the 1950s or 1960s. In 2014, the neon "Liquor" letters were replaced with backlit plastic letters. The rest of the sign is no longer lit. [map]

Bayshore Inn Motel
Ventura, CA
2012: 2013:
The Bayshore Inn Motel was originally built as the Circle W Motel. At some point, this 1950s-looking sign was reworked for the Bayshore Inn. In 2013, the sign was reworked and the neon "Motel" letters were replaced with backlit plastic letters. [map]

Loop Motor Lodge
Ventura, CA
The Loop Motor Lodge sign appears to be from the 1950s. The "motel" blade sign was a later addition. The "loops" around the edge of the round sign were probably sequentially lit originally. For more, see this website. [map]

Mission Bell Motel
Ventura, CA
The Mission Bell Motel was established in the 1930s as the Mission Bell Motor Court. The neon bell on the tower might be original. The blade sign is similar to the originals. The bell was probably animated at one time. For more, see this website. [map]

Vernon Signs:
Farmer John Murals

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