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California Signs (page 3)

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Pic-N-Pac Liquors
Berkeley, CA
Paul's Shoe Repair Service
Berkeley, CA
Pic-n-Pac Liquors was evidently a Bay Area chain. There are a few locations left but this is the only one that I know of with a neon sign. The sign might be from the 1960s or later. There is another store in El Cerrito with a plastic sign. [map]

Paul's Shoe Repair Service opened in 1957. This sign appears to be from then. [map]

One Hour Martinizing Cleaners
Berkeley, CA
Central Launderette
Berkeley, CA
These One Hour Martinizing Cleaners signs are probably from the 1960s. The dry cleaning chain was established in 1949. For more, see this website. [map]

The Central Launderette was established in 1948 and this sign is probably from then. [map]

Star Grocery
Berkeley, CA
The Star Grocery was established in 1922. The store moved to this location in 1942. This sign was added during a 1949 expansion. For more, see this website [map]

More Berkeley Signs:
California Theatre
Hotel Durant
Spenger's Fresh Fish Grotto

Beverly Hills Signs:
Earl Scheib

Cozy Hollow Lodge
Big Bear Lake, CA
Big Pine Motel
Big Pine, CA
Rancho Verde Motel
Blythe, CA
The Cozy Hollow Lodge opened in the mid-1980s. The sign was built in the late 1980s. The fire in the fireplace and the smoke from the chimney flash on and off at night. [map]

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

The Rancho Verde Motel sign had neon originally. It was probably built in the 1950s. [map]

Elms Motel
Bishop, CA
Mac's Sporting Goods
Bishop, CA
Town House Motel
Bishop, CA
The Elms Motel sign is from the 1950s. The panel sign was originally painted brown. For more, see this website. [map]

Mac's Sporting Goods opened in 1956 and this sign appears to be from then. [map]

The Town House Motel was built in 1946. These signs are probably from the 1960s. [map]

Thunderbird Motel
Bishop, CA
The Thunderbird Motel signs appear to be from the 1960s. [map]

Johnnie's
Super Market
Boulder Creek, CA
Independent Order
of Oddfellows
Boulder Creek, CA
New Leaf
Community Market
Boulder Creek, CA
I believe Johnnie's Super Market opened in the early 1950s. This sign appears to be from then. For more, see this website. [map]

This Independent Order of Oddfellows sign is one of the smallest ones that I've ever seen. [map]

The New Leaf Community Market is a natural foods store chain. This location opened in 1998. This sign was probably adapted from a previous market. [map]

Scarborough Lumber & Building Supply
Boulder Creek, CA
2008: 2014:
The Scarborough Lumber & Building Supply sign is believed to have been built in the 1940s for Santa Cruz Lumber. In 1985, the store became Scarborough Lumber and the name on the sign was changed at that time. It was an easy fix to change the names since the names were so similar. The original tubing holes were used. In 2008, the sign was repainted and the neon was restored. However, it was only lit for a few years. The owner became frustrated with the transformers which kept blowing out. When the sign operated, the neon was static. The bulbs on the chainsaw were lit sequentially to create the appearance of movement. The sign is about 15 feet wide. For more, see this website. [map]

White Cross Drugs
Brawley, CA
White Cross Drugs had opened here by 1921 and is still in business. These signs are probably from the 1940s or 1950s. The first sign was part of a projecting sign. The other mirror image panel is also displayed flat against the building now. For more, see this website. [map]

Wilke Machine and Auto Parts
Brawley, CA
Borderland Buses
Chuck's Box Lunches
Brawley, CA
Wilke Machine and Auto Parts was founded in 1946. This sign is probably from then or shortly after that. The company folded around 2001 but this sign remains. [map]

Borderland Buses and Chuck's Box Lunches are long gone but this sign remains. A few bits of yellow neon tubing cling to the back of the sign. It was probably built in the 1950s. [map]

Brentwood Signs:
Delta Theatre

Redwood Motel
Bridgeport, CA
Walker River Lodge
Bridgeport, CA
The Redwood Motel sign is probably from the 1960s. For more, see this website. [map]

The Walker River Lodge sign appears to be from the 1950s or 1960s. The sign on the building is newer. For more, see this website. [map]

Silver Maple Inn
Bridgeport, CA
The Silver Maple Inn was built in the 1930s. The smaller sign might be from then. The vertical sign is probably from the 1950s. [map]

Bridgeport Inn
Bridgeport, CA
Ken's Sporting Goods
Bridgeport, CA
The Bridgeport Inn was built in 1877. This sign is probably from the 1950s. [map]

Ken's Sporting Goods was established in 1931. The sign has been there since at least the 1950s. [map]

San Marcos Motel
Buellton, CA
The San Marcos Motel sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. For more, see this website. [map]

Pea Soup Andersen's
Buellton, CA
Pea Soup Andersen's restaurant opened in 1924 as Andersen's Electric Cafe. In 1928, a hotel and dining room were added. In 1947, the restaurant's name was changed to Pea Soup Andersen's. These neon signs are probably from then or shortly after that. Other locations were built later on in Santa Maria, Salinas, Carlsbad, Selma, and Santa Nella. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Pea Soup Andersen's
Santa Nella, CA
This Pea Soup Andersen's restaurant opened in 1976 is the only other location still in operation. The building features a windmill. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Mendenhall's Museum
Buellton, CA
Mendenhall's Museum of Gasoline Pumps & Petroliana is a private collection open to group tours and special events. The vast collection of signs, gas pumps, globes, and automobiles was started more than 50 years ago by Jack Mendenhall. Jack's son, Mark, continues to add to the collection. The museum is operated by Mark and his wife, Vickie. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4.

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