Indiana Signs (page 2)

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Evans Motors
Evansville, IN
Ye Olde Tyme
Tavern [gone]
Evansville, IN
Best Choice Auto
Evansville, IN
The Evans Motors used car dealership sign appears to be from the 1950s or 1960s. This photo is from 2010. By 2015, the sign had been repainted black and white. [map]

The Ye Olde Tyme Tavern sign was still there in 2010 when this photo was taken. By 2015, it was gone.

This Best Choice Auto sign originally advertised for Schmidt's Motel. This sign is the same design as the Faubus Motel. I don't know if these motels were affiliated with a chain but I have seen at least one other sign like this. [map]

Wilson's General Store & Cafe
Evansville, IN
Wilson's General Store & Cafe opened in 1995 in New Harmony, IN. The restaurant was demolished in a fire in 2006. About 70 percent of Tim Wilson's collection was lost in the fire. This location was built in 2007. These photos are from 2010. [map]

This Kentucky Fried Chicken weathervane sign is extremely rare. For more, see this page.

The bellhop sign was produced by the National Animated Sign Co. of Hot Springs, AR. The tag identifies this as "America's Sign of Hospitality". Originally, the bellhop's hand was lit with a bulb and the arm moved up and down. These mechanical signs were sold nationwide. There was the same or a very similar sign in Reno, NV. There is another one like this in Lordsburg, NM.

The Marathon station sign is very old and uses marbles which reflect off car headlights at night.

This Fountain Lunch sign was mass-produced by Coca-Cola. There are some other examples in Mount Union, PA, Mackinac Island, MI, Portland, ME, and Hamilton, KS.

More Evansville Signs:
Dairy Queen
Gehlhausen Paint Company
Nick Nackery

American Legion
Ferdinand, IN
Broadway Joe's
Fort Wayne, IN
Scott's Food & Pharmacy
Fort Wayne, IN
I have not seen an American Legion sign like this anywhere else. Usually their signs just depict the shield and post number. While Ferdinand is cattle country, the town wasn't named after Ferdinand the Bull but rather the Emperor of Austria. Perhaps the American Legion was having some fun with the name? [map]

The Broadway Joe's sign appears to be from the 1950s. It is still lit at night. For more, see this website. [map]

This giant cornucopia sign is installed on the roof of what was Scott's Food & Pharmacy. The store is gone but the sign remains. The 70 foot tall, double-sided sign was originally installed in 1956. It was an Eavey's grocery store then. The sign was completely rebuilt in 1992. The original porcelain enamel sign was outlined with neon. The new metal sign uses the original support structure. It has no lighting. Scott's closed in 2009 and this sign is now endangered. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Westwood Lanes
Fort Wayne, IN
Pro Bowl West
Fort Wayne, IN
Oyster Bar
Fort Wayne, IN
The Westwood Lanes' bowling pin sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. [photo thanks Mark Comstock] [map]

Pro Bowl West has been here since at least the 1980s and probably much longer than that. [map]

The Oyster Bar was established here in 1888. This sign is probably from the 1950s. [map]

Humpty Dumpty
Fort Wayne, IN
Atz's Ice Cream Shoppe
Fort Wayne, IN
Elwood's Appliances
Fort Wayne, IN
This Humpty Dumpty Drive-in has been closed for many years. It was originally part of the Happy Humpty Drive-in chain. There were locations in Ohio and I assume others in Indiana. This is the only sign left that I know of. [map]

This Atz's Ice Cream Shoppe was built in 1966 and this sign may be from then. The original store was built in Fort Wayne in 1956. I believe this neon sign was installed there. It was replaced with a plastic box sign. There were two locations built later but they both closed. This photo is from 2010. In 2014, it was announced that both of the remaining Atz's stores were closing. I don't know what will happen with this sign. It was still there in 2018. [map]

Elwood's Appliances opened around 1970. For more, see this website. [map]

Pine Haven Motel
Fort Wayne, IN
The neon was removed from the Pine Haven Motel sign around 2008. This photo is from 2009. The sign was restored in 2010 after this photo was taken. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

City Glass
Fort Wayne, IN
City Glass was established in 1944, focusing on producing stained glass for churches in the tri-state area. The exterior of their building is faced with vitrolite and features stained and leaded glass as well. [map]

More Fort Wayne Signs:
General Electric [gone]
Helen's Place
Hillcrest Drive-in
Laycoff's Tavern
Sunbeam Bread

Sleep N Time Motel
Franklin, IN
The Sleep N Time Motel sign appears to be from the 1950s or earlier. This photo is from 2009. By 2014, the sign had been repainted black with red letters. The "No Vacancy" letters had been covered over. [map]

Dunes Bowl [gone]
Gary, IN
Don & Pete's
Point View Bar [gone]
Gary, IN
Smith's Cleaners
Gary, IN
The Dunes Bowl was obviously inspired by the Dunes Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. The bowling alley had been closed since at least 2008. This photo is from 2009. The bowling alley was demolished around 2012. By 2014, the sign was removed. The Dunes Bowl bulb letters were saved and incorporated into a new sign which is displayed inside a bar in Ottawa, ON.

Don & Pete's Point View Bar had been closed for many years but the sign remained. This photo is from 2009. By 2016, the sign was gone. For more, see this website.

Smith's Cleaners has been abandoned for many years but this sign remains. [map]

More Gary Signs:
Char-El Mobile Home Park [map]

Georgetown Signs:
Polly's Freeze

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