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Illinois Signs (page 2)

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West Side Clothing Store [gone]
Bloomington, IL
Gene's Drive-in
Cleaners
Blue Island, IL
This West Side Clothing Store sign featured a Red Goose Shoes logo. The store had closed by 2015 and the sign was gone. There are still a handful of Red Goose signs out there such as these in Fort Worth, TX, Las Vegas, NV, Goldsboro, NC, and Leesburg, VA.

The Gene's Drive-in Cleaners sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

More Bloomington:
Towanda Plaza

Jeben's Hardware
Blue Island, IL
Korbakes Food & Liquors
Blue Island, IL
Flowers by Bartle
Blue Island, IL
Miska's Liquor Store
Blue Island, IL
Jeben's Hardware was established in 1876. This sign is probably from the 1950s. [map]

The Korbakes Food & Liquors sign is probably from the 1950s. In 2008, the store's building was rebuilt. The sign was moved from the front of the building to a pole sign nearby. For more, see this website. [map]

Flowers by Bartle has been gone for many years but this sign remains. For more, see this website. [map]

Miska's Liquor Store was part of a Chicago area chain. I don't know of any other locations with a sign like this. This photo is from 2010. By 2012, the store had been renamed United Liquors. The middle panel of this sign was changed to reflect the new name. For more, see this website. [map]

Kankakee Glass
Bradley, IL
Knotty Pine Motel
Breese, IL
Kankakee Glass was originally located in Kankakee, IL. When the business moved in 2008, this sign was brought along. The neon and clock still work. [map]

The Knotty Pine Motel opened in the 1930s. This sign is probably from the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

Becker Jewelers
Breese, IL
Frigidaire Appliances
Breese, IL
Ski Soda
Breese, IL
Becker Jewelers was established in 1949. This sign is probably from then. [map]

This embossed plastic Frigidaire Appliances sign is installed at Schwarz Appliance & Hardware. [map]

This embossed plastic Ski Soda sign is located at the Excel Bottling Co. For more, see this website. [map]

Sawa's Old Warsaw Restaurant
Broadview, IL
Colony Motel
Brookfield, IL
House of Doors
Brookfield, IL
Sawa's Old Warsaw Restaurant opened here in 1973. These signs look older than that. [map]

The Colony Motel opened in 1957. This sign is probably from then. This photo is from 2007. Around 2010, the lantern on top of the sign was removed. Around 2015, the text at the bottom of the sign was removed. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The House of Doors opened in 1954. This sign must be from then. In 2015, a replica sign was created. The text has been changed slightly with the words "Barcol" and "Overhead" removed and a phone number added. [map]

Buckley:
Chris'tle Motel

Midwest Hardware
& Paint Supply [gone]
Burbank, IL
Mattson's Steak House
Burbank, IL
This Midwest Hardware & Paint Supply sign was probably from the 1950s. The store closed in 2011 and the sign was sold to a private collector.

Mattson's Steak House was originally the Bonanza Steak House, from 1969-1984. This animated, neon sign was installed by Mattson's in 1985. The lariat moves in two parts while the horse's legs move in three parts. For more, see this website. [map]

Ranch House Lodge
Bureau, IL
Mott's Lounge
Burlington, IL
The Ranch House Lodge sign appears to be from the 1950s or 1960s. For more, see this website. [map]

Mott's Lounge was established in 1924. This sign is probably from the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

Belvedere
Motel [gone]
Cairo, IL
Mack's
Barbecue Stand
Cairo, IL
Rhodes
Burford
Furniture [gone]
Cairo, IL
Garden Inn Motel
Cairo, IL
The Belvedere Motel sign is probably from the 1950s. This photo is from 2010. The sign was still there in 2014. By 2015, it had been removed and was part of a private collection. For more, see this website.

Mack's Barbecue Stand started out as a small barbecue stand in 1917. By the 1930s, the business had expanded to a sit-down restaurant. This sign is probably from the 1950s. [map]

Rhodes Burford Furniture had been closed for many years but this sign was still there when this photo was taken in 2010. This sign is probably from the 1940s. By late 2012, the sign and building were gone.

The Garden Inn Motel sign was inspired by the Holiday Inn Great Sign. [map]

More Cairo:
Frigidaire & Maytag [Frigidaire gone]
Rex Package Liquor [vintage; gone]

Carlinville:
Heinz Furniture

First National Bank
Carlyle, IL
Carmi Times
Carmi, IL
Cafe Mobilgas
Casey, IL
The clock works on this First National Bank sign and the neon appears to be intact. [map]

The Carmi Times was established in 1950 and this sign was probably erected at the same time. [map]

The Cafe Mobilgas featured these two signs. The Pegasus, aka the Flying Horse, was the symbol of Mobilgas. When these photos were taken in 2006, the gas pumps had been removed and the restaurant looked like it had been closed for a long time. I believe that the Pegasus sign is gone but the text sign was still there in 2013. For more, see this website. [map]

More Carlyle:
Ten Pin Bowl [vintage; gone]

Stover's Jewelry
Centralia, IL
Straith's Jewelry
Centralia, IL
Home Motel
Centralia, IL
Holiday Motel
Centralia, IL
The Stover's Jewelry sign appears to have been reworked at some point. For more, see this website. [map]

Straith's Jewelry was established in 1939. This sign appears to be from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

The Home Motel sign appears to be from the 1950s. The neon seems to be intact. For more, see this website. [map]

The Holiday Motel sign features the same design that was used for some other motels in Illinois including the Nashville Motel and the Cinderella Motel. [map]

More Chicago Heights Signs:
Carlo's Restaurant
Eagle Liquors
Helsel Jepperson Electrical Inc.

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