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California Signs (page 8)

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8 Ball Tavern
Cotati, CA
Custer's Gift Shop
Covina, CA
A. Ghioldi Jewelry
Crockett, CA
Toot's Tavern
Crockett, CA
The 8 Ball Tavern opened in 1937. This sign may be from then. The bar was named after an 8 ball which the owners found in the rafters of an old house on the property. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Custer's Gift Shop is gone but this sign remains. This sign might be from the 1960s. In 2017, the central "Gift Shop" panel was gone. I don't know if there are plans to replace it. [map]

The A. Ghioldi Jewelry store is long gone but this sign remains. It appears to be from the 1940s or 1950s. [map]

Toot's Tavern was established in 1901. The sign is probably from the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

C&H Sugar
Crockett, CA
This C&H Sugar sign was installed in 1956 on the side of the company's refinery and headquarters building. The sign is 180 feet wide. The "C" and "H" letters are 24 feet tall and composed of scintillating bulbs. In 2015, the 900 incandescent bulbs were replaced with LED bulbs. I don't believe they flash any more. The rest of the neon text flashes on and off. The C&H stands for California and Hawaiian Sugar Company which was founded in 1906. For more, see these websites: 1, 2 and 3. [map]

More Covina Signs:
Rose Pharmacy

More Culver City Signs:
Culver Ice Arena
Johnnie's Pastrami

Martin B. Retting
Culver City, CA
Wheel World Cycles [gone]
Culver City, CA
Half Moon Motel [gone]
Culver City, CA
Martin B. Retting has been selling firearms since 1958. This sign appears to be from then. It originally had neon. [map]

Wheel World Cycles was established in 1945. This sign might have been from then or from the 1950s. In 2017, part of the sign fell and it was removed. It is unlikely that it will reappear. There is another location in Woodland Hills, CA but it does not have a sign like this one.

The Half Moon Motel was built in 1955. This sign appeared to be from then. The motel closed in 2016 and the sign was scrapped. For more, see this website.

Astro Motel
Culver City, CA
Val's Restaurant
& Lounge
Daly City, CA
Callan Realty
Daly City, CA
The Astro Motel sign is probably from the 1960s. [map]

Val's Restaurant & Lounge opened in the 1950s. This sign appears to be from then. For more, see this website. [map]

Callan Realty was established in 1945. This sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. The sign has been reworked a bit. The top originally read "Callan Realty Co." with the neon panel under it reading "Insurance Home Builder Apartment Rentals." The neon was removed from this sign sometime between 2005 and 2009. For more, see this website. [map]

former Joe's of Westlake
Daly City, CA
2014: 2016:
Joe's of Westlake opened in 1957. The restaurant closed in 2014. The business was sold to the owners of Original Joe's in San Francisco. The restaurant was renovated and reopened in 2016. The lettering on the sign was changed to reflect the new name. For more, see these websites: 1, 2 and 3. [map]

Dana Point Nursery
Dana Point, CA
IOOF
Davis, CA
7-Eleven
Davis, CA
The Dana Point Nursery opened in 1947 and this sign may be from then. The sign was refurbished sometime after 2010. This photo is from 2013. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

This IOOF, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, sign was originally installed in the 1950s in Philadelphia, PA. It had been in a warehouse in New Jersey for many years. In 2015, the sign was purchased, restored, and installed the IOOF Lodge in Davis. For more, see this website. [map]

This 7-Eleven sign has been installed on the building since the 1960s. This may be the only original wall-mounted sign left. There would also have been a similar pole sign by the road which has been replaced with a modern sign. These trapezoid shaped, plastic 7-Eleven signs are very rare now. There are about a dozen left in the country with most of them in the Bay Area. This design with slanted "Eleven" letters was built in or before 1969 when the company changed the logo. [map]

More Davis Signs:
Varsity Theatre

Palm Motel
Delano, CA
former Kismet Lodge
Desert Hot Springs, CA
The Palm Motel sign might be from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

The Kismet Lodge was built in 1960. The building now houses the Living Waters Spa which has kept the sign. For more, see this website. [map]

More Delano Signs:
J's Coffee Shop

More Desert Hot Springs Signs:
Hacienda Riviera

Milk Farm Restaurant
Dixon, CA
The Milk Farm Restaurant was established in 1928. The restaurant closed in 1986 and the building was destroyed in 2000. However, this 100 foot tall sign on I-80 has been landmarked and will remain in place. It was built in 1963. The cow and moon panel revolved.

The original rooftop sign was created in 1938 and now sits in a nearby pasture. The rooftop sign's cow and moon rocked back and forth via a motorized hinge. The cow's tail moved up and down. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Douglas City Signs:
Timber Lodge Motel

Tri-City Motel
Downey, CA
Anatel Liquors
Downey, CA
Hazel's
Fashion Center
El Centro, CA
Niel Horne
Real Estate
El Centro, CA
Mayan Hotel
El Centro, CA
The Tri-City Motel sign appears to be from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

The Anatel Liquors signs are probably from the 1960s or 1970s. [map]

Hazel's Fashion Center is gone but this sign remains. The sign is probably from the 1950s. [map]

The Niel Horne Real Estate sign may be from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

The Mayan Hotel has two identical, replica signs on the building. The original signs were probably from the 1930s or so. The new signs were installed in 2013. This photo is from 2014. For more, see this website. [map]

Dessert's Flowers
El Centro, CA
Brooks Jewelry Company
El Centro, CA
Dessert's Flowers is gone but this sign remains. It may be from the late 1940s or 1950s. [map]

The Brooks Jewelry Company opened in 1942. These signs appear to be from the late 1940s or 1950s. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

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