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California Signs (page 28)

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Mupu Grill
Santa Paula, CA
Flamingo Hotel
Santa Rosa, CA
The Mupu Grill opened in 1921. This sign is a replica of the original. For more, see this website. [map]

The Flamingo Hotel opened in 1957 and is now the Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa. It was inspired by the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. The nine foot tall neon pink flamingo revolves on top of the 85 foot tall sign. It was restored in 1997. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

United Service Motors
Santa Rosa, CA
Stark's Steak
& Seafood
Santa Rosa, CA
Coddingtown Mall
Santa Rosa, CA
United Service Motors was established in 1916 to handle sales for the United Motors Corporation, an accessories and parts manufacturer. There are a handful of these signs still on display around the country. However, I have never seen one with a passenger like this one. It is on display at Stoke Ranch, a private collection of antique tractors, small buildings, and signs. [map]

Stark's Steak & Seafood opened in 2008. This text on this sign was changed at that time. The sign originally advertised for Guidotti's Italian Restaurant which opened in 1934. This was not the original sign. It appears to be from the 1940s or 1950s. The name and text on the sign was adapted in 1967 for Michele's Italian Retaurant. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Coddingtown Mall was built in 1962. I believe this sign was erected then. The sign's panels revolve. For more, this website. [map]

More Santa Rosa Signs:
El Portal Motel [vintage; gone]
Hotel Oliver
Mark West Market
Villa Trailer Park

Fiesta Market
Sebastopol, CA
Westinghouse Appliances
Sebastopol, CA
Pine Cone Restaurant
Sebastopol, CA
The Fiesta Market was built in 1966. I believe this sign is from then. [map]

This Westinghouse Appliances is displayed at Renga Arts. These signs were mass-produced but only a handful are still on public display.

The Pine Cone Restaurant opened sometime in the 1950s. Although the Gypsy Cafe is in the building now, this sign remains. The first photo is from 2008; the second is from 2016. For more, see this website. [map]

Freeway Lanes
Selma, CA
Selma Motel
Selma, CA
The Freeway Lanes opened in 1960. This sign was restored in 2006. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Selma Motel sign is probably from the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

Baxter Northup Music
Sherman Oaks, CA
Antonio's Pizzeria
Sherman Oaks, CA
McGee's Closet
Sherman Oaks, CA
The Baxter Northup Music was established in 1906. It was originally located in downtown Los Angeles. The store moved to Sherman Oaks in the 1950s and then to this location in 1993. This sign was probably built in the 1950s and moved when the store did. [map]

Antonio's Pizzeria opened in 1957 as Miceli's restaurant. This sign may be from then. [map]

This McGee's Closet sign originally advertised for Bekins Van & Storage. The building was constructed in 1946 and this sign is probably from then. The sign is lit at night. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

More Sherman Oaks Signs:
La Frite
Service Tire

Boyes Springs
Food Center
Sonoma, CA
Duggan's Mission Chapel
Sonoma, CA
I.O.O.F.
Sonora, CA
The Boyes Springs Food Center sign is probably from the 1950s. It was previously painted brown and gold. It was repainted sometime between 2009 and 2011. This photo is from 2016. [map]

Duggan's Mission Chapel was established in 1959. This sign appears to be from then. For more, see this website. [map]

This I.O.O.F. chapter was established in 1853. This sign is probably from the late 1940s or 1950s. The three neon rings superimposed over the letters represent the Independent Order of Odd Fellows' motto of Friendship, Love and Truth. [map]

More Sonoma Signs:
Sebastiani Theatre

Mother Lode Fair
Sonora, CA
The Mother Lode Fair has operated at its present location since 1938. These two signs are probably from the 1950s. [map]

Mike's Liquor
South El Monte, CA
Southland Motel [gone]
South Gate, CA
The Mike's Liquor sign appears to be from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

The Southland Motel and its rooftop sign have been around since at least the early 1940s. This photo is from 2013. By 2014, the sign had been replaced with a new non-neon replacement. For more, see this website.

Washoe Motel
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Stardust Lodge
South Lake Tahoe, CA
The Washoe Motel sign was probably built in the 1950s or 1960s. For more, see this website. [map]

The Stardust Lodge sign appears to be from the 1960s. The lettering and design was apparently inspired by the Stardust Hotel sign in Las Vegas. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Metropolitan Hotel
South San Francisco, CA
South City
Lumber & Supply
South San Francisco, CA
El Bonita Motel
St. Helena, CA
Riviera Motel
Stanton, CA
Tahiti Motel
Stanton, CA
The Metropolitan Hotel was built in 1912. This sign appears to be from the 1950s or earlier. [map]

South City Lumber & Supply has been at this location since 1908. This Ace Hardware sign was previously installed outside. It is now inside the store and is no longer lit.

The El Bonita Motel opened in the 1950s. This sign appears to be from then. For more, see this website. [map]

The Riviera Motel sign appears to be from the 1950s or 1960s. For more, see this website. [map]

The Tahiti Motel sign is probably from the 1960s. A similar sign was used at the Pixie Motel in Anaheim, CA. [map]

More St. Helena Signs:
Keller Brothers Meats [map]

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