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Illinois Signs (page 1)

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Fox Home Center
Alsip, IL
D-Lux Budget Motel
Alsip, IL
The Fox Home Center opened here in 1962. In 2007, the store was devastated by fire. The sign was not harmed and the store was rebuilt. [map]

The D-Lux Budget Motel sign is probably from the 1950s. This was originally known as the Pink Cloud Motel and the lettering was changed at some point. This motel was scheduled for demolition in 2008 but, as of 2016, it is still there. For more, see this website. [map]

Stone
Brothers Jewelry
Alton, IL
Jacoby
Furniture
Alton, IL
Millers First Insurance Company
Alton, IL
Stone Brothers Jewelry sign appears to be from the 1950s. The clock no longers works. The company had many other locations at one time including at least seven of them in St. Louis, MO. [map]

Jacoby Furniture was open for nearly 100 years. It closed around 2004. In 2006, the sign was refurbished and adapted for the Jacoby Arts Center. The "Parking in Rear" text was replaced with "Arts Center". For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Millers First Insurance Company was originally known as the Millers Mutual Insurance Association. It was founded in Alton in 1877. The company still uses a windmill in its logo. The blades of the windmill probably turned originally. [map]

Fraternal Order of Eagles
Alton, IL
College
Crest Motel
Alton, IL
This Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie was established in 1906. This sign is probably from the 1950s. [map]

The College Crest Motel sign is probably from the 1950s. The design appears to be a match for Tod's Motel in Cabool, MO. [map]

Bunny Bread
Anna, IL (now Urbana, OH)
Anna Plaza Motel
Anna, IL
Union County Drug
Anna, IL
The Bunny Bread neon sign features animated, wiggling bunny ears. It is about ten feet tall. The bakery building below was constructed in 1951 and the sign was most likely built at that time. Although bread production stopped many years ago, there was still a Bunny Bread thrift outlet in the building until 2010. Later that year, just after these photos were taken, the store closed and these signs were moved to the Bundy Museum of Baking Arts in Urbana, OH. The owner said the bunny sign and letters would be restored for about $40,000. By 2014, the bunny sign was on permanent display inside the private museum. The animated neon had been restored and the panels were repainted in the original colors of blue and yellow. The letters were also restored and put on display. They have been repainted yellow and orange. Bunny Bread is still produced and sold throughout the Midwest and South.

Bunny Bread built several other neon bunny signs over the years. The only other large sign was built for the plant in Marquette, MI which is now located at the Upper Peninsula Children's Museum.

The Anna Plaza Motel sign appears to be from the 1950s. [map]

Union County Drug was closed when this photo was taken in 2010. This sign appears to be modern or a substantially refurbished old sign. [map]

Lantern Pub
Ashley, IL
Parkview
Motel [gone]
Ashley, IL
Masonic Temple
Atwood, IL
Masonic Temple [gone]
Tuscola, IL
The Lantern Pub's neon "EAT" sign appears to be from the 1930s. The bulb arrow is probably from the 1950s. These bulb arrow signs were mass-produced and there are still lots of them around the country. [map]

The Parkview Motel sign was probably from the 1940s or 1950s. By 2013, it was gone.

These Masonic Temple signs were both built by the Superior Neon Company. Does anyone know of any others like these? "A.F. & A.M." refers to Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. The photo of this Tuscola sign is from 2009. By 2012, the sign had been replaced with a plastic version. [Atwood map]

Northgate
Shopping Center
Aurora, IL
This Northgate Shopping Center sign was built in 1956. The sign is landmarked by the City. [map]

Beardstown:
Riverview Restaurant & Family Bowl

Bel-Air Bowl
Belleville, IL
Terrace Motel
Belleville, IL
Hoeffken
Cleaners [gone]
Belleville, IL
Brite Way Cleaners
Belleville, IL
Harter's
Hobby House [gone]
Belleville, IL
The Bel-Air Bowl was previously known as the Panorama Lanes. The name was changed and sign adapted in 2007. The original sign was probably from the 1950s. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

The Terrace Motel motel and sign are from the 1950s. The beige portion of the sign was a later addition. This photo is from 2010. In 2011, the sign was badly damaged when it was knocked over by high winds. It has since been repaired. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

This photo of the Hoeffken Cleaners sign was taken in 2005. The building has since been demolished and the sign is gone.

Brite Way Cleaners was established in 1945. This sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

This Harter's Hobby House sign was replaced with a plastic sign shortly after this photo was taken in 2005. For more, see this website.

More Belleville:
Model Auto Sales
Weyhaupt Bros. Packing Co. [gone]

Bellwood:
Victor Lezza & Sons

Wolf Chevrolet [gone]
Belvidere, IL
Wolf Chevrolet was established in 1924. This sign was installed in the early 1960s. The wolf was 10 feet tall while the bowtie sign was 28 feet wide. In 2010, Wolf Chevrolet became Wolf Automotive when Chevrolet dropped hundreds of dealerships. At that point, the Chevrolet portion of the sign was covered with a non-neon panel reading "Automotive". When these photos were taken in 2012, there were still a couple of Chevrolet OK Used Car plastic signs on the lot. In 2013, the dealership closed. In 2015, the neon sign was removed and sold at auction as three separate panels. For more, see this website.

Dodge Lanes
Belvidere, IL
Liquor Barrel
Benton, IL
Laundry World
Berwyn, IL
Berwyn Eagles
Berwyn, IL
Elks Lodge [gone]
Berwyn, IL
The Dodge Lanes sign is probably from the 1960s. The neon is now missing. [map]

The Liquor Barrel sign is either modern or a vintage sign that has been completely refurbished. It spins on its pole. [map]

This Laundry World sign is a reworked Color Tile sign. Color Tile was there from at least 1978 until at least 1990. The oval shaped piece on top must have revolved at one point. Now it just blows a bit in the wind. This photo is from 2009. By 2014, the neon "Laundry" letters at the top of the sign had been replaced with plastic letters. For more, see this website. [map]

The Berwyn Eagles is the local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. The top part of this sign may have been neon originally. [map]

This Elks Lodge sign appeared to be from the 1950s. This photo is from 2009. At some point between 2012 and 2015, the sign was removed. It was spotted being stored in DeKalb, IL. For more, see this website.

More Belvidere:
Fraternal Order of Eagles

Benton:
Immediate Cleaners

Cermak Plaza
Berwyn, IL
2009: 2012:
Cermak Plaza was built in 1956 and was one of the first shopping centers in the Chicago area. The sign shown above on the left and its twin went up around 1958. During the shopping center's renovation in 2012, the signs were deemed too far gone to refurbish. It would have cost twice as much to restore them as to replace them. Two new replica signs were built for about $80,000 each. They were built as close as possible to the originals. The signs are about thirty feet wide and feature sequentially lit bulb arrows and neon letters. Sometime around the 1980s, the neon letters were lit with orange tubing. During the restoration, the letters were returned to the original coral and aqua color scheme. For more, see this website.

Cermak Plaza also has two backlit plastic signs (see photo on the right above) which were installed in 2008. They were modeled after the neon signs. The signs' purpose is to provide a list of the shopping center's stores. Cermak Plaza is best known for the sculpture which was installed in the parking lot in 1989. "The Spindle" consisted of eight cars skewered on a fifty foot tall spike. When the sculpture was demolished in 2008, the metal spike and the top two cars were saved by the Berwyn Arts Council. There is a possibility that they may be displayed somewhere in the future. [map]

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