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California Signs (page 9)

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Plaza Center
Lafayette, CA
Arlie's Club
Lake Isabella, CA
Isabella Super Market & Tackle
Lake Isabella, CA
The Plaza Center was completed in 1964. This sign appears to be from then. For more, see this website. [map]

Arlie's Club opened in 1962. This sign might be from then or from earlier when the bar had a different name. [map]

Isabella Super Market & Tackle might have added the "Tackle" sign later. The signs are probably from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

Me-N-Ed's Pizza Parlor
Lakewood, CA

2012:

2016:
Me-N-Ed's Pizza Parlor was established in 1958 in Fresno, CA. That location is still open and the sign there appears to be the original. There are now about 30 locations in California and four locations in Canada. The signs at this Lakewood location are probably from the 1960s. The pole sign was repainted in 2014. For more, see this website. [map]

Trade Winds Motel
Lakewood, CA
Color Corner
Lakewood, CA
Town House Motel
Lancaster, CA
The Trade Winds Motel sign is probably from the 1960s. [map]

The top part of the gigantic Color Corner shopping center sign no longer revolves. The neon letters are lit green at night. For more, see this website. [map]

The Town House Motel has been here since at least the 1950s. The sign appears to be from then. It was originally painted blue. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

More Lancaster:
George's Cleaners

Silver Peso
Larkspur, CA
This Silver Peso opened in the 1940s. This sign is probably from then. For more, see this website. [map]

Los Angeles County Fair
La Verne, CA
La Paloma Mexican Restaurant
La Verne, CA
This Los Angeles County Fair sign was built in the early 1960s. After being in storage for many years, it was restored in 2008. It was installed at the Fairplex's northern gate. For more, see this website. [map]

The La Paloma Mexican Restaurant opened in 1966. This sign appears to be from then. [map]

7-Eleven
La Verne, CA
Friends' Liquor
Lindsay, CA
Pasquini's Fine Italian Food
Live Oak, CA
This 7-Eleven sign is probably from the 1960s or 1970s. I don't know of any others like this with slanted "Eleven" text. There are similar vintage 7-Eleven signs in the San Jose, CA area. I suspect that this one is older than those. [map]

The Friends' Liquor sign may be from the 1950s or 1960s. For more, see this website. [map]

Pasquini's Fine Italian Food started out in 1925 with a gas station and grocery store. They began offering Italian dinners in the basement of their building. In 1933, they added a bar. This sign is probably from the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

Lee Vining:
Nicely's Restaurant

Independent Order of Odd Fellows
Lodi, CA
Rancho Grande Motel
Lodi, CA
Modern
Motor Lodge
Lodi, CA
The Independent Order of Odd Fellows sign might be from the 1940s or 1950s. It looks like it was restored recently. For more, see this website. [map]

The Rancho Grande Motel sign has been here since at least the 1950s. The snoozing Mexican at the top of the sign was not there originally. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Modern Motor Lodge sign has been here since at least 1950 when it advertised for The Modern Motel. There was a "The" at the top of the sign originally. For more, see this website. [map]

Vintage Reserve Garage
Lodi, CA
The Vintage Reserve Garage sells vintage and classic cars. The business has a nice collection of vintage, car-related signs as well. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Imperial Hotel
Lodi, CA
Hollywood Cafe
Lodi, CA
Victor Brand [gone]
Lodi, CA
The Imperial Hotel was built in 1912. It closed in 1989. This sign is probably from the 1930s or 1940s. The top piece of this sign is a match for the Fall River Hotel sign in Fall River Mills, CA. The Imperial Hotel probably had a bottom piece as well. These signs were probably both made by Zeon Neon. [map]

The Hollywood Cafe opened in 1938. This sign is probably from the 1950s. It was repainted from light blue to red sometime after 2005. For more, see this website. [map]

This Victor Brand meat packing plant closed in 1991 but the sign remained until 2009. It's not known if the sign was destroyed or if any of it was saved. Under the vinyl tarp, the sign read "Victor Brand". For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Lodi Arch
Lodi, CA
The Lodi Arch was built in 1907 as an entrance for a carnival. The Lodi sign and a California Golden Bear were added to it a few years later. The bear was originally made of papier mache. It was rebuilt in the 1940s. The arch was restored in 1956. For more, see this website. [map]

Rice Bowl
Lompoc, CA
The Rice Bowl opened in 1948. It was previously known as the Lompoc Coffee Shop. This sign was built by Modern Neon Sign of Santa Barbara, CA. For more, see this website. [map]

former Hi Let's Eat
Lompoc, CA
Star Motel
Lompoc, CA
IOOF
Lompoc, CA
Alamo Motel
Los Alamos, CA
The Hi Let's Eat sign originally advertised for the Hi Restaurant which opened in 1960. The "Let's Eat" portion of the sign was missing and painted over in 2006. It was repainted when the Jalama Beach Cafe moved into the building in 2007. This photo is from 2013. The Jalama Beach Cafe closed in 2016. In 2017, the sign was removed. It will most likely be reinstalled at the American Host restaurant in town. For more, see this website. [map]

The Star Motel signs are probably from the 1950s or 1960s. For more, see this website. [map]

This IOOF, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Lodge was built in 1905. This sign is probably from the 1940s or 1950s. It probably had more neon originally and appears to have been refurbished in recent years. [map]

The Alamo Motel was built in the 1940s. This sign is probably from then. For more, see this website. [map]

Lone Pine:
Cessna Service
Gardner's True Value Hardware
Margie's Merry-Go-Round
Mt. Whitney Motel
Slater's Sporting Goods

Valley Bowl
Madera, CA
El Molino
Mexican Imports
Madera, CA
Hangar Inn
Manhattan Beach, CA
The Valley Bowl sign appears to be from the 1950s or 1960s. The bowling alley is still operating. [map]

The El Molino Mexican Imports sign advertised for another business originally. Does anyone know what was here previously? For more, see this website. [map]

The Hangar Inn sign probably had neon originally. The bar also features a plane's tail projecting from the roof. This place is not far from Los Angeles International Airport. [map]

Mad River:
Mad River Liquor

Best Western Motel
Manteca, CA
2014: 2017:
This former Best Western Motel crown sign is installed on top of the Taqueria Nayarit sign. This photo is from 2014. By 2016, the building was occupied by the Cabana Del Sol restaurant and the crown sign had been repainted blue and red. The remaining neon was removed. From the look and layout of the buildings at this site, I suspect that there was a Best Western Motel here originally. These sign-toppers were mass-produced and distributed nationwide by the chain. For more, see this website. [map]

Union 76
Maricopa, CA
Bett's Gold Coin Sports Tavern
Mariposa, CA
Frost Shop
Drive-in [gone]
Mariposa, CA
This Union 76 sign is probably from the 1950s. The gas station it hangs over is long closed. [map]

The Bett's Gold Coin Sports Tavern sign originally advertised for the Gold Coin Club. This sign is from the 1950s or earlier. There was a smaller panel under the sign which read "Dining Room." The Gold Coin Club opened in the 1880s as the Gold Club Saloon. It closed in 1989. In 2011, the bar reopened as Bett's Gold Coin Sports Tavern. At that time, the sign was restored and adapted for the new business name. [map]

The Frost Shop Drive-in building was demolished in 2004. The sign was still there when this photo was taken in 2005. By 2011, the sign was gone. For more, see this website. [photo/info Daniel F.]

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