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Alameda Signs

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Alameda Shade Shop
Alameda, CA
Stier's Drugs
Alameda, CA
Larry's Shoe Repair [gone]
Alameda, CA
The Alameda Shade Shop opened in 1948. This sign may be from then. [map]

Stier's Drugs opened in the mid-1950s and this sign is from then. The store is long gone but this sign remains. In 2011, the City had the sign restored and relit. For more, see this website. [map]

Larry's Shoe Repair was closed but this sign was still there when this photo was taken in 2014. It was removed just a few months later.

John S. Towata Flowers
Alameda, CA
2008: 2014:
John S. Towata Flowers opened around 1945 and this vitrolite-faced storefront appears to be from then. The store closed in 2009. In 2011, the building housed the Flowers Clothing Co. Since 2012, it has housed Pixies & Peony, a furniture store and gift shop. For more, see this website. [map]

Fireside Lounge
Alameda, CA
The Fireside Lounge was established in 1942. This sign is from then. [map]

Farmers Insurance Group
Alameda, CA
This neon Farmers Insurance Group sign was mass-produced. The only other one like this that I know of is in Safford, AZ. There was one in San Bruno, CA which was removed in 2014. [map]

Masonic Temple
Alameda, CA
Eagles Hall
Alameda, CA
Fort Knox
Alameda, CA
This Masonic Temple sign appears to be from the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

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

Fort Knox of Alameda buys and sells gold, silver, coins, and jewelry. The store has been here since the 1970s. I believe this sign is from then. [map]

Croll's Bar & Grill
Alameda, CA
Croll's Bar & Grill was established in 1883. Since 2011, the space has housed the 1400 Bar & Grill. These signs appear to be from the 1940s or earlier. The repainting is obviously modern. [map]

Encinal Shopping Center
Alameda, CA
This Van De Kamp's Bakery sign is installed next to the Encinal Shopping Center sign. These Van De Kamp's signs were mass-produced but are rare now. The windmill blades were motorized and spun around. There are other examples of these signs in the MONA (Museum of Neon Art) collection and in Buellton, CA. The Encinal Shopping Center sign is probably from the 1950s. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Gim's Chinese Kitchen
Alameda, CA
The Hideout
Alameda, CA
Golden Bridge Beverage
Alameda, CA
Gim's Chinese Kitchen opened in the early 1950s. This sign appears to be from then. [map]

The Hideout bar sign appears to be pre-1940s. [map]

This Golden Bridge Beverage sign is the sole survivor of 43 wall signs painted between 1923 and 1966. This one was painted by D.E. Handley in the 1940s. It was restored in 2007 by Michael McDonald. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Hobnob
Alameda, CA
Pop Inn
Alameda, CA
Lincoln Market
Alameda, CA
Ole's Waffle Shop
Alameda, CA
The Hobnob sign was adapted from Kelly's. Does anyone know what was here originally and/or when this sign was installed? For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Pop Inn building has housed a bar since at least 1897. I don't know how far back the Pop Inn name goes but this sign appears to be from around the 1940s. For more, see this website. [map]

The Lincoln Market sign is from the 1950s or earlier. [map]

Ole's Waffle Shop opened in 1927. The signs appear to be from the 1950s or earlier. For more, see this website. [map]

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