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Oakland Signs

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Piedmont Cobblers Shoe Repair [gone]
Oakland, CA
French Cleaners
Oakland, CA
The holes in the Piedmont Cobblers Shoe Repair sign indicated that it must have had neon at one time. The word "Renewing" must have been backlit originally. This photo is from 2008. Sometime between 2012 and 2014, the business and sign disappeared.

The French Cleaners read "Bellevue Cleaners" until it was reworked and covered with plastic around 2005. It may have been built in the 1950s. The sign is now protected from vandals by a clear plastic covering. However, I don't believe it's lit at night anymore. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

G&G Hardware
Oakland, CA
2008: 2015:
G&G Hardware opened in 1947 and closed in 2004. In 2012, the Pizzaiolo Restaurant moved into the building and had the sign restored by Neon Works. The Ruud Plumbing sign was removed at this time. For more, see this website. [map]

The Alley
Oakland, CA
The Alley opened in 1934, just as prohibition ended. The sign's ripple tin panels probably indicate that this sign is pre-1950s. It might have been installed in 1944 when the bar's interior was redone. The letters are lit with turquoise-green neon. The sign is about seven feet long. It was repainted around 2007. For more, see this website. [map]

Island Market
Oakland, CA
Piedmont
Piano Co.
Oakland, CA
Rhea's Salon of Beauty
Oakland, CA
7-Eleven
Oakland, CA
The Island Market sign is probably from the 1950s. [map]

The Piedmont Piano Co. sign was adapted from the California Art Supply store. Before that, the sign advertised for the California Furniture Company store. I believe the building and sign were built in 1946 for the California Motor Car Company and that the sign was adapted for the furniture store. For more, see this website. [map]

Rhea's Salon of Beauty is long gone but this sign remains. It is probably from the 1950s. [map]

There are a handful of these 7-Eleven signs remaining in Northern California. They are probably from the 1960s or 1970s. [map]

Smitty's Cocktails
Oakland, CA
The Smitty's Cocktails projecting sign appears to be from the 1940s or 1950s. The sign on the building may be newer. [map]

Sage Motel
Oakland, CA
Rio Motel [gone]
Oakland, CA
George's Laundry & Dry Cleaners
Oakland, CA
The Sage Motel sign appears to be from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

The Rio Motel sign was probably from the 1950s. The motel was demolished in 2011 and the sign is gone. For more, see this website.

George's Laundry & Dry Cleaners opened in 1956. This sign may be from then. [map]

Hotel Harrison
Oakland, CA
Sutter Hotel
Oakland, CA
Oakland
Imported Cars
Oakland, CA
Hooper's Chocolates
Oakland, CA
The Hotel Harrison was built around 1914. This sign is probably from the 1920s or 1930s. [map]

The Sutter Hotel was built around 1927. This sign appears to be from then. [map]

This arrow sign is installed at Oakland Imported Cars. I don't know what the original business name was. The sign is probably from the 1950s. [map]

Hooper's Chocolates was established in 1925 as Margaret Burnham Cottage Candies. In the 1950s, the name was changed to Hooper's Chocolates. The sign appears to be from then. The store closed around 2010 but the sign remains. This photo is from 2014. The building now houses a thrift store. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Foothill Square
Oakland, CA
Hi-Hat Cleaners
Oakland, CA
2008: 2014: 2008: 2014:
The Foothill Square shopping center was built in 1962. Sometime after 2012, the neon letters were removed and replaced with backlit plastic panels for the center's tenants. For more, see this website. [map]

The Hi-Hat Cleaners sign is probably from the 1950s. Sometime after 2012, the sign was repainted and the neon removed. The letters on the building were also removed in 2014.

Havenscourt
Colonial
Church
Oakland, CA
Talco's
Oakland, CA
Kay Chesterfield Upholstery
Oakland, CA
Fratellanza Club
Oakland, CA
The Havenscourt Colonial Church sign tower is installed behind a traditional looking small church. The "Jesus Saves" letters might be from the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

The Talco's bar sign features letters installed over louvered metal slats. The sign is probably pre-1950s. However, the letters may have been added later. [map]

Kay Chesterfield Upholstery was established in 1921. The sign is probably from the 1940s or 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

The Fratellanza Club was established in 1932. This sign appears to be from the 1940s or 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

Children's Hospital
Oakland, CA
Sunshine Biscuits
Oakland, CA
The Children's Hospital sign is probably from the 1950s or slightly earlier. [map]

This Sunshine Biscuits sign is installed on the roof of the former Sunshine Biscuits factory. The factory was built in 1942. This sign is probably from then or the 1950s. The factory closed in 1995 when the company was purchased by Keebler. This sign remains although the building now houses other tenants. The missing panels with the chef's head have been missing for years. There was what appeared to be an even older sign in Kansas City, KS which was removed in 2009. For more, see this website. [map]

Pacific Saw Works
Oakland, CA
Art's Crab Shak
Oakland, CA
Pacific Saw Works is long gone but this sign remains. It was probably built in the 1940s or 1950s. The faded paint reads "Lawn Mower" indicating that the shop probably repaired mowers and/or sharpened lades. [map]

Art's Crab Shak opened as Art's Steakhouse in 1963. This sign appears to be from then. I have not seen four rows of tubing like this on any other sign. In 1992, the restaurant became Art's Crab Shak and the lower panels were updated. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Oaks Motel
Oakland, CA
Colonial Chapel
Oakland, CA
Talk of the Town
Oakland, CA
Sun Hop Fat
Supermarket #1 [gone]
Oakland, CA
This photo of the Oaks Motel sign is from 2008. Since then, the sign has been significantly altered with the neon panels replaced with plastic panels. For more, see this website. [map]

The Colonial Chapel funeral home was established in 1941. This sign is probably from the 1950s. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Talk of the Town sign is probably from the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

This light bulb filled cocktail glass hung above the Sun Hop Fat Supermarket #1 until 2014. This sign must have been left behind by a bar. The sign was gone in 2015.

Ideal Cleaners
Oakland, CA
Hansen Coffee
Oakland, CA
Ideal Cleaners opened in 1938. The vitrolite facade and sign are believed to have been installed then. For more, see this website. [map]

Hansen Coffee was established in 1894. The company continues to roast coffee in this building. This sign might be from the 1950s but I suspect it is more modern than that. It was restored sometime after 1985. The word "Good" was added to the sign and steam was painted on the building. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Larm's Building Material
Oakland, CA
Gallardo Glass Co.
Oakland, CA
Acme Fire Extinguisher Co.
Oakland, CA
Larm's Building Material was established in 1927. This sign is probably from the 1950s. [map]

The Gallardo Glass Co. sign appears to be from the 1950s. [map]

The Acme Fire Extinguisher Co. sign had neon originally. It is probably from the 1950s. [map]

Sherwin-Williams
Paint
Oakland, CA
V&J's Body Shop
Oakland, CA
Tony Rossi & Sons Florists
Oakland, CA
This plastic Sherwin-Williams Paint sign is about 10 feet tall. [map]

V&J's Body Shop artist's palette sign was built by the owner's father. [map]

Tony Rossi & Sons Florists was established in 1910. The building appears to be from the 1950s. I assume the sign is from then. The neon has been removed. There is another Flowers sign in Oakland with the same shape and font. I assume these two stores were originally related. [map]

Fruitvale
Medical
Building
Oakland, CA
Spitz
Jewelers [gone]
Oakland, CA
Paramount Liquor
Oakland, CA
Glenn's Hot Dogs
Oakland, CA
The Fruitvale Medical Building was built in 1927. This sign was installed later. It may be pre-1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

Spitz Jewelers opened here in 1946. This sign might have been from then. In 1986, the store moved to Walnut Creek, CA but this sign was still there in 2014 when this photo was taken. The sign was removed in 2015.

The Paramount Liquor sign is probably from the 1940s or 1950s. [map]

The Glenn's Hot Dogs sign has been here since at least 1961. The middle part of the sign no longer spins. Glenn's closed in 2016. The space will soon house 4505 Burgers and BBQ. It is not known if this sign will be removed or adapted. [map]

J. Miller Flowers
Oakland, CA
Broadway Motel
Oakland, CA
2101 Club
Oakland, CA
George Kaye's
Oakland, CA
The J. Miller Flowers sign appears to be from the 1940s or 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

The Broadway Motel sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The 2101 Club sign is probably from the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

George Kaye's bar opened in 1934. This sign has ripple tin panels. It is probably from the 1940s or earlier. For more, see this website. [map]

Albert Brown Mortuary
Oakland, CA
The Albert Brown Mortuary was established in 1873. The sign on the left is probably from the 1950s. The sign on the right might be a modern replacement of a 1950s sign. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

More Oakland Signs:
Dave's Coffee Shop [gone; sign donated to MONA in Glendale, CA]
Donut Corner
Glenview Shoe Repair
Grand Lake Theatre
Greyhound station
Jackson's Liquors
Laurel Lounge
Lineman's Club [gone]
Oakland Fox Theatre
Sherwin-Williams Paint [vintage; gone]
Steele's Discount Scuba
Walter Bennett Cameras [gone]

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