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California Signs (page 27)

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Capri Motel
Santa Clara, CA
Western Motel
Santa Clara, CA
2014: 2017: 2014: 2015:
The Capri Motel was built in 1958. This sign appears to be from then. The sign was restored in 2017. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

The Western Motel opened in 1948. This sign was installed in 1958. This photo is from 2014. In 2015, the neon was removed and the sign was repainted with less detail and changed text. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Fireside
Inn Motel
Santa Cruz, CA
Peter Pan
Motel [gone]
Santa Cruz, CA
Pacific View Court
Santa Cruz, CA
Beach Hill Court
Santa Cruz, CA
The Fireside Inn Motel was known as the Paradise Inn by the Beach for awhile. It is now called the Fireside Inn. This sign appears to be from the 1960s. [map]

The Peter Pan Motel sign was probably from the 1960s. This photo is from 2014. The motel and sign were demolished in 2016.

The neon on the Pacific View Court sign was repaired around 2012. This photo is from 2014. The sign was probably built in the 1940s or 1950s. [map]

The Beach Hill Court sign may be from the 1940s or 1950s. The top panels are identical to the one on the Imperial Hotel in Lodi, CA and on other signs elsewhere. [map]

Jury Room
Santa Cruz, CA
Ideal Bar & Grill
Santa Cruz, CA
Islander Motel
Santa Cruz, CA
This Jury Room sign detail is probably from the 1960s. It is perched on top of a plastic box sign. [map]

The Ideal Bar & Grill sign appears to be modern. If it is vintage, then it has been reworked quite a bit. The text is obviously new. The fish had much less airbrushing until around 2012. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Islander Motel was built in 1963. This sign appears to be from then. For more, see this website. [map]

Santa Cruz Hotel
Santa Cruz, CA
former Clearview Court
Santa Cruz, CA
Green Frog Market
Santa Cruz, CA
This Santa Cruz Hotel was built in 1877. It no longer operates as a hotel. The ground floor is occupied by Planet Fresh Burritos. The sign indicates there was originally an Italian restaurant here. The "Italian" text has been painted over and that neon was removed. The sign is probably from the 1940s or 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

The Clear View Court operated as a mobile home park. There are still a few hold-outs. The sign has been moved from the road to further back on the property. It was probably built in the 1940s or 1950s.

This Green Frog Market sign is located next to a yoga studio. I don't know where it was located originally. The sign has ripple tin panels. There was a twin sign in Bakersfield which has been restored and is now located at the Museum of Neon Art in Glendale, CA. [map]

More Santa Cruz Signs:
Del Mar Theatre
Santa Cruz Roller Palladium

Santa Fe Springs Signs:
Premiere Lanes [gone]

Laura Lodge
Santa Maria, CA
Bill's Liquor
Santa Monica, CA
This Laura Lodge sign was originally a Travelodge sign. For more, see this website. [map]

The Bill's Liquor sign panels are made from ripple tin. This sign is probably from the 1930s. It would have been pole mounted originally. [map]

More Santa Maria Signs:
Bill's Take Out
W.A. Haslam Company

Tinder Box
Santa Monica, CA (now Glendale, CA)
2013: 2018:
2008: 2013:
The Tinder Box opened this shop in 1928. This was the original in the chain which now has more than 100 locations nationwide. The pole sign shown in the top row above was built around 1953. In 2017, it was announced that the store was closing. The pole sign was removed and is now displayed at the Museum of Neon Art in Glendale, CA.

I suspect that the larger sign mounted near the ground (bottom row) was the original from the late 1930s or early 1940s. I have no idea what the paint job looked like originally but it was repainted sometime between 2008 and 2012. I don't know if this sign was saved or destroyed. The museum does not have it.

Rest Haven Motel
Santa Monica, CA
The Rest Haven Motel was built in 1938. The second sign shown above is believed to be the original. [map]

Busy Bee Hardware
Santa Monica, CA (now Glendale, CA)
2008: 2018:
The Busy Bee Hardware sign was built in 1963. The store closed and the sign was removed in 2018. The neon bee panel was restored and is now displayed at the Museum of Neon Art in Glendale, CA. The bee's wings are animated.

Cora's Coffee Shoppe
Santa Monica, CA
Cora's Coffee Shoppe has been here since the 1920s. The sign is probably from the 1950s and is lit at night. It is a very unusual three-sided sign. [map]

Santa Monica Ford
Santa Monica, CA
The Joker [gone]
Santa Monica, CA
Seaview Motor Hotel
Santa Monica, CA
This Santa Monica Ford sign is probably from the 1950s. The dealership is still operating. [map]

The Joker bar had been around since at least the 1960s. This photo is from 2008. By 2013, the bar was closed and the sign was gone.

The Seaview Motor Hotel was built in the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

Maya Shoe Repair
Santa Monica, CA
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA
Maya Shoe Repair opened in 1970. This sign appears to be from the 1950s or so. [map]

The Santa Monica Pier opened in 1909 and quickly grew into an amusement center. This neon sign was installed in 1939 when the ramp to the pier was constructed. [map]

More Santa Monica Signs:
Rae's Restaurant
Santa Monica Liquor

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