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Illinois Signs (page 6)

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House of Bottles
Loves Park, IL
House of Bottles
Belvidere, IL
The House of Bottles pole sign in Loves Park probably had the same neon popping cork like the sign in Belvidere. The Marengo location may have had a sign like these, too. There is a plastic sign there now. There may have been other locations. I believe these are the only two locations with neon signs. [Loves Park map]; [Belvidere map]

Masonic Temple
Macomb, IL
Ford Hopkins Drug Store
Macomb, IL
Illini Lounge
Marseilles, IL
Lincoln Motel [gone]
Marshall, IL
This Masonic Temple sign is probably from the 1950s. [map]

Ford Hopkins Drug Store features an embossed porcelain enamel sign with neon. It closed in 2011. The store was still vacant in 2012 and the sign was still there. For more, see this website. [map]

The Illini Lounge sign is probably from the 1950s. [map]

The Lincoln Motel featured a bust of Abraham Lincoln on one side of this sign (the other was missing). This photo was from 2006. By 2011, the sign was gone.

U.S. Grant Motel
Mattoon, IL
The U.S. Grant Motel sign appears to be from the 1950s. There is also a smaller version of this sign near the office. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Fillmore Electric Supply Co. [gone]
Melrose Park, IL
Clean Cars [gone]
Melrose Park, IL
Melrose Park
Pharmacy [gone]
Melrose Park, IL
The Fillmore Electric Supply Co. opened in 1956 and this sign appeared to be from then. The "Fillmore" text flashed on and off and night. This photo is from 2012. By 2014, the store had closed and the sign was gone. For more, see this website.

This photo of the Clean Cars sign was taken around 2001. I believe the business and the sign are gone now.

The Melrose Park Pharmacy sold both liquor and drugs. This photo was taken in 2006. By 2011, the business and signs were gone.

Gish Jewelry & Gifts
Mendota, IL
Watson
Motorsports [gone]
Midlothian, IL
Midlothian Music
Midlothian, IL
Gish Jewelry & Gifts opened in 1932. This sign looks like it might be from the 1940s or 1950s. [map]

I believe Watson Motorsports opened in 1974. This sign is probably from the 1950s and was most likely reworked from a previous business. Watson Motorsports closed in 2009. In 2014, the neon was removed and the sign was remodeled and painted black for a new business.

Midlothian Music opened here in 1960. [map]

Pool's Welding
Milan, IL
Pool's Welding was established in 1975. This sign might be from then. [map]

Luna Cafe
Mitchell, IL
2010: 2012:
The Luna Cafe opened in 1926 and was frequented by both celebrities and gangsters. Many years ago, the building also served as a boarding house, gambling hall, and brothel. The sign is believed to be from the late 1940s. The neon was only partially working when the sign was last lit in the 1990s. The sign was restored and relit in 2011. Part of the funding for the restoration came from the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program. The organization's cost-sharing grant split the $22,000 bill with the business owner. The sign's panels were cleaned and touched up. The chasing bulbs which surround the nine foot long sign are functioning again. Enough of the neon tubing remained to recreate the sign's original colors. The text is orange, green and red. The white cocktail glass contains a red neon cherry. According to legend, the cherry was only lit when prostitutes were on duty. In reality, the sign had no separate mechanism for that. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Bud's Skyline Inn [gone]
Moline, IL
Temple's
Sporting Goods
Moline, IL
Bud's Skyline Inn was previously Joe's Skyline Inn. It became Bud's in 1985. I don't know if this airplane was part of an earlier sign or if it was created when the new plastic sign below it was built. Bud's closed in 2015. I believe this sign was sold at auction.

Temple's Sporting Goods opened in 1928. This sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. It has either been recently refurbished or it is a replica of a sign from that time period. For more, see this website. [map]

Morris:
Park Motel

Yarbrough Appliances
Morrison, IL
These Hotpoint and GE signs are installed in the window of Yarbrough Appliances. [map]

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