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California Signs (page 22)

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Harry's Hofbrau
Redwood City, CA
Harry's Hofbrau opened here in 1954. This sign is probably from then. There are now other locations in San Jose and San Leandro but those do not have signs like this one. [map]

Mels Bowl
Redwood City, CA
2008: 2014:
Mels Bowl opened in 1960. The 41 foot tall sign was installed at that time. The bowling alley was owned by Mel Weiss who was better known for the restaurant chain which he co-founded. The first Mels Drive-in was built in San Francisco in 1947. Weiss owned three other bowling alleys in Northern California. All four were designed by Goodwin Steinberg. Around 1969, the Mels Bowl in Redwood City was renamed the AMF Redwood Lanes. However, the sign remained untouched and everyone still referred to the place as Mels Bowl. Weiss never used an apostrophe in the names of his businesses.

The Redwood City bowling alley closed in 2011 and was demolished the following year. The sign was saved by the City since it was found to have "historic merit." In 2012, the sign reappeared at the Redwood City Car Wash just up the road from where Mels Bowl was located. The owner of the car wash which is located on San Mateo County property has enthusiastically agreed to "host" the sign. During the sign's restoration, one side was left intact while the other side was adapted for the car wash. Lam hopes to install a plaque next to the sign to explain its significance. [map]

Dick & Dale's
Upholstery [gone]
Redwood City, CA
Atherton
U-Save Liquors
Redwood City, CA
Welcome sign
Redwood City, CA
Dick & Dale's Upholstery closed around 2002. The sign is now part of the Museum of Neon Art collection.

Atherton U-Save Liquors was part of the U-Save Liquors chain. This sign is probably from the 1950s. This photo is from 2014. In 2015, the neon was removed and the letters were replaced with backlit plastic. There are similar signs in Merced, Fresno, and elsewhere in Northern California. [map]

This Welcome sign was originally installed in 1926. The "Climate Best By Government Test" came from a slogan contest in 1925. The sign is lit at night. For , see this website. [map]

Broadway Cleaners
Redwood City, CA
Broadway Cleaners was established in 1938. It moved to this location later. This sign is from the late 1950s. The arrows are lit sequentially at night. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Redwood City Florist
Redwood City, CA
The Redwood City Florist sign is probably from the 1950s. [map]

More Redwood City Signs:
Sequoia Hotel

Reedley Flower Shop
Reedley, CA
Reliable Shoe Store
Reedley, CA
Ben's Liquor
Reseda, CA
The Reedley Flower Shop is still in operation. It opened in 1951 and this sign appears to be from then. [map]

The Reliable Shoes store closed in 2008 and the space has been vacant since then. This sign which has been there since at least 1945 still remains as of 2016. It features a Red Goose Shoes logo at the top. Once a common feature of shoe store signs, there are only a few of them left around the country now. [map]

Ben's Liquor sign is probably from the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

Rialto Signs:
Orange Bowl [gone]

Hotel Mac
Richmond, CA
Last Spot Lounge [gone]
Richmond, CA
The Hotel Mac was built in 1911. The restaurant and bar sign is probably from the 1940s or 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

The Last Spot Lounge, previously The Spot, and this liquor store shared the same building. The signs appeared to be from the 1940s or 1950s. The "Wine Liquor" sign was identical to this one in San Francisco. These photos are from 2014. The signs were there in 2016 but gone by 2017. For more, see this website.

Richmond Municipal Natatorium
Richmond, CA
The Richmond Municipal Natatorium, aka The Plunge, was built in 1926. It closed in 2001 and reopened in 2010. The original sign was installed in the late 1920s. It was later converted to neon. No one knows what became of that sign. Much later, there was a Richmond Plunge sign installed on the roof. That sign was removed around 1977. This sign, which was installed in 2010, is a replica of the original. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

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