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Royal Liquor Mart
Rockford, IL
Der Rathskeller
Rockford, IL
The Royal Liquor Mart sign is probably from the 1950s. [map]

The Der Rathskeller restaurant and sausage shop opened in 1931. This sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. For more, see this website. [map]

Don Carter Lanes
Rockford, IL
Don Carter Lanes opened in 1953 and this sign is from then. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Parthenios Luncheonette
Rockford, IL
The Parthenios Luncheonette opened in 1969 and closed in 2010. The signs were still there when these photos were taken in 2012. The signs were adapted from the previous tenant, the Hobson Drug Co. They appear to be from the 1940s or earlier. The neon letters on the vertical sign alternated between "Food" and "Drugs". [map]

Palace Shoe Service
Rockford, IL
North Main Tavern [gone]
Rockford, IL
Wayne's
Feed Store
Rockford, IL
The Palace Shoe Service sign features an animated, hammering cobbler and a variety of shoe styles. I believe Palace Shoe Service opened in the 1950s. [map]

The North Main Tavern opened in 1934. This sign might be from then. This photo is from 2012. In 2013, the bar announced that it was moving since the building was being demolished to make room for a two-lane roundabout. As of 2015, it doesn't sound like the bar has reopened. The building and sign are gone. I don't know if this sign was saved.

The Wayne's Feed Store freestanding sign cleverly features a leaking bucket that spells out what's for sale inside. This sign has been stripped of its original neon and painted many times over the years. I've been told that that neon "spillage" was originally animated. For more, see this website. [map]

More Rockford Signs:
Drive-in Liquor Store [gone?]
I. Spinello Locksmiths
Tenstopet Tavern

Chief Black Hawk
Rock Island, IL
Harris Pizza
Rock Island, IL
Mulkey's Restaurant
Rock Island, IL
This Chief Black Hawk sign stands in front of the Watch Tower Plaza shopping center which was built in the 1960s. This sign was originally part of a larger one and was outlined with neon. This photo is from 2009. In 2015, it seemed likely that a Walmart would be built at the site. The fate of the sign is unknown. [map]

This Harris Pizza is the company's original location. It opened in 1960 and this sign is from then. For more, see this website. The company's third location in Davenport, IA also has a neon and bulb sign. [map]

Mulkey's Restaurant opened in 1955. This sign is probably from then or a few years later. The embossed plastic, middle part of the sign might have revolved originally or it may have replaced another panel. Evidently, the restaurant had a franchise deal with the Henny Penny Corporation. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Odd Fellows Temple [gone]
Salem, IL
Continental Motel
Salem, IL
Lakewood Motel
Salem, IL
Restwell Motel
Salem, IL
This Odd Fellows Temple sign had the same design as the one in Flora, IL. I don't know of any others like this. This photo is from 2010. Between 2012 and 2015, this sign had been removed.

The Continental Motel, Lakewood Motel, and Restwell Motel signs all appear to be from the 1950s. [Continental map], [Lakewood map], [Restwell map]

Radke Hotel [gone]
Savanna, IL
Col. Wes Chapman Auctioneer Service
Seneca, IL
The Radke Hotel was built in the late 1800s. This sign is probably from the 1940s or 1950s. This photo is from 2009. By 2015, the sign was gone.

The Col. Wes Chapman Auctioneer Service business is long gone but the sign remains. [map]

Rudy's Barbeque
Shawneetown, IL
Shawnee Chief Motel
Shawneetown, IL
Crawford Church Shopping Center [gone]
Skokie, IL
The Rudy's Barbeque sign is probably from the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

The Shawnee Chief Motel opened in 1958. This sign appears to be from then. [map]

The Crawford Church Shopping Center sign appears to be from the 1950s. This photo is from 2009. The sign was still there in 2012 but removed in 2015.

Palmer's
Beloit Nurseries
South Beloit, IL
Bean Shoe Service
South Beloit, IL
Palmer's Beloit Nurseries was established in 1917. This sign is probably from the 1950s. When this photo was taken in 2012, it wasn't clear if the store was still open. [map]

Bean Shoe Service was also established in 1917. The store features two shoe-shaped signs. I assume the neon sign is a double-faced sign that originally projected from the front of the building. The non-neon sign is attached to a pole sign. For more, see this website. [map]

Hi-Way Bakery
South Chicago Heights, IL
Sauk Trail Car Wash
South Chicago Heights, IL
Star Lite Motel
South Holland, IL
Prairie Materials [gone]
South Holland, IL
The Hi-Way Bakery gets its name from its location on the Dixie Highway. This sign was installed in 1949. In 2016, the owner was having the sign's neon restored. [map]

The Sauk Trail Car Wash sign is probably from the 1960s or 1970s. [map]

The Star Lite Motel sign appears to be from the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

I believe this Prairie Materials location had been at this location since 1975. The sign was probably from around then. This photo is from 2008. By 2011, the company had moved and this sign was gone.

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