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Fresno Signs (page 2)

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DiCicco's
144 N. Blackstone Ave.
Fresno, CA
DiCicco's
5251 N. Blackstone Ave.
Fresno, CA
Me-n-Ed's Pizzeria
Fresno, CA
DiCicco's has several locations with most of them in the Fresno area. The sign on the left is at the restaurant's original location. It opened in 1956 and this sign appears to be from then. [map]

The second sign shown above is at a shopping center location. It was in bad shape in 2008. The sign was repainted by the time of the 2013 photo above. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

The Me-n-Ed's Pizzeria chain was founded in Sacramento in 1958. The company quickly expanded to the Bay Area and Fresno. This sign appears to be from the 1950s or 1960s. There are a couple of other vintage Me-n-Ed's signs in Canada. [map]

F Street Plaza Mini Mall
Fresno, CA
Electric Motor Shop
Fresno, CA
This leaf-shaped sign has been reworked for the F Street Plaza Mini Mall. In the early 2000s, this sign was painted red. It has been painted green since around 2008. These photos are from 2013. Does anyone know what business this sign advertised for originally? [map]

The Electric Motor Shop was founded in 1913. This sign appears to be a replica of an older sign. This business may have been related to the Selma Electric Motor Shop. For more, see this website. [map]

Arrow Electric Motor Service
Fresno, CA
Arrow Electric Motor Service was established in 1949. This sign may be from then. [map]

Baskin's Auto Supply
Fresno, CA
College Pharmacy [gone]
Fresno, CA
Baskin's Auto Supply installed this sign in 1956. It was refurbished in 2002. The sign was added to Fresno's Local Register of Historic Resources in 2008. For more, see this website. [map]

The College Pharmacy was established in 1937. When the store closed in 2005, the rooftop sign was adapted for Repeat Performance. These photos are from 2013. By 2014, only the rectangular plastic panel was left on the roof and the freestanding letters on the awning. [map]

Bekins Moving and Storage
Fresno, CA
Bekins Moving and Storage was established in Los Angeles in 1906. The company is now headquartered in Indianapolis, IN. In the 1920s, the company built other locations in Berkeley, Sacramento, Pasadena, and West Hollywood, CA. This Fresno building was built in 1926. The neon at the bottom part of the sign apparently alternated between "Moving" and "Storage". I believe this is the last vintage Bekins sign left in California. The others have been either removed or repurposed. There was a pole sign in Oklahoma City, OK which is gone now, too. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Town House Motor Hotel
Fresno, CA
Del-Mar Motel [gone]
Fresno, CA
Annie's Hollywood Inn [gone]
Fresno, CA
The Town House Motor Hotel has been here since at least the 1950s. The sign appears to be from then. The first photo is from 2008. The second photo is from 2013 after the sign had been repainted. [map]

The Del-Mar Motel sign was probably from the 1950s or earlier. These photos are from 2013. The sign was removed around 2016. For more, see this website.

Annie's Hollywood Inn was a bar not a motel. The sign was built in the late 1930s or early 1940s. The Hollywood Inn had been closed for many years. However, this sign was still there when this photo was taken in 2013. In 2014, the building was demolished. The sign was put up for sale on eBay. For more, see this website.

Mendes General Store (now Big Fresno Fair Museum)
Fresno, CA

2013 and 2014:

2017:
The Mendes General Store sells Western clothing and features three rearing horse and rider signs. The pole sign, two photos at the left above, was originally located at the Hacienda Motel in town. The motel closed around 1973. It was owned by the Hacienda Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, NV which also had locations in Bakersfield, CA and Indio, CA. I believe all of these motels were built in the 1950s. The Las Vegas and Bakersfield Hacienda Motels also had this same style horse and rider sign. The Las Vegas sign was built in 1967 so this sign was probably built at or around that time. These photos are from 2013 and 2014. In 2016, the pole sign in Fresno was removed. It was restored and reinstalled at the Big Fresno Fair. I assume the two smaller signs on the Mendes storefront, at right above, were also from the hotel in Fresno. I believe these signs were removed at the same time that the pole sign was. Hopefully, they will reappear at the Fair Museum. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4.

The other two signs in the bottom row above are also located at the Big Fresno Fair. The first one was built in 1947 for the Mars Drive-in restaurant. I don't know what business the second sign was built for. For more, see this website.

La Vogue Beauty Shop
Fresno, CA
The La Vogue Beauty Shop opened in 1924 and is still operating. This sign appears to be from then or shortly after that. It must have been a double-sided hanging sign originally. The hoops on top of the sign are an indication of that as well. The tin border around the sign is typical of signs from the 1920s or 1930s. The perforations for the backlit "Beauty Shop" letters also indicate the sign is from that era. The letters were either flat or raised opal glass. For more, see this website. [map]

Econo Inn
Fresno, CA
Dale Bros. Coffee
Fresno, CA
Astro Motel [gone]
Fresno, CA
This Econo Inn arrow sign is about 15 feet tall. It is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. The neon is sequentially animated. For more, see this website. [map]

The coffee can shaped Dale Bros. Coffee sign was built around 1937 and originally revolved. This rooftop sign was lit with green and white neon. The company's logo featuring a hooded monk is still visible. The sign is a registered local landmark. The building previously housed the company's roasting plant. [map]

The Astro Motel sign appeared to be from the 1950s or 19605s. The neon rings at the top of the sign were sequentially animated. In 2015, the sign was destroyed when the motel was demolished for a high speed rail line. For more, see this website.

Gas [gone]
Fresno, CA
Sunlite Market
Fresno, CA
This towering Gas sign had probably been there since at least the 1960s. There was an operating Valero gas station at its base until the end. In 2016, the site had been bulldozed and the sign was gone.

The Sunlite Market and sign are from the 1950s. The sign was repainted between these 2008 and 2013 photos above. [map]

Rainbow Ballroom
Fresno, CA
The Rainbow Ballroom building was constructed in 1918. It was originally used as an indoor swimming pool known as the Fresno Natatorium. In 1924, after a fire, the pool was filled in and turned into a dance floor. The Rainbow Ballroom featured big bands in the 1930s and 1940s. It is still operating as a music venue. These may be replicas or refurbished vintage signs. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Midway Liquors
Fresno, CA
Sequoia Motel
Fresno, CA
The Midway Liquors sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. For more, see this website. [map]

The Sequoia Motel was probably built in the 1950s or 1960s. The sign on the roof was originally painted red and there was a number 5 where the tree now is. For more, see this photo. [map]

Halwood Automotive
Service [gone]
Fresno, CA
Cedar Lanes [gone]
Fresno, CA
San Francisco Floral [gone]
Fresno, CA
Halwood Automotive Service sign featured the cute slogan "No Idle Boast". This photo was taken in 2005. By 2011, this business was gone and sign was removed. The sign is now at CNI Signmakers (see below). [photo Daniel F.]

The Cedar Lanes opened in 1959 and this sign might be from then. These photos were taken in 2008. By 2010, the plastic balls on this sign were gone. In 2012, the bowling alley was demolished. The sign is now at CNI Signmakers (see below).

San Francisco Floral was founded in Fresno in 1913. This downtown location opened later. This photo is from 2008. By 2013, the business had moved and this sign was gone.

CNI Signmakers
Fresno, CA
This collection of vintage signs is located at CNI Signmakers. Among the dozens of signs, is the Halwood Automotive Service sign and the Cedar Lanes sign shown above. There are also signs from Ronnie's Midway Market, the Kerr Rug Co., Luigi's Restaurant, and a Me-n-Ed's Pizzeria. For more, see this website. [map]

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