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Kansas Signs (page 1)

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Trapp Pharmacy
Abilene, KS
Green Acres Bowl
Abilene, KS
Bankes Drug Store
Abilene, KS
Bryant
Hardware [gone]
Arkansas City, KS
The Trapp Pharmacy sign appears to be from the 1940s or earlier. It is lit at night. For more, see this website. [map]

The neon has been removed from the Green Acres Bowl sign. This bowling alley might have gone by another name originally. Does anyone know the history of this sign? This photo is from 2010. In 2016, the sign was repainted and now advertises for the Tornado Alley Lanes. The green part of the sign is now red. [map]

The Bankes Drug Store store appeared to have been recently refurbished when this photo was taken in 2010. [map]

Bryant Hardware opened in 1870 and closed in 2009. This sign was gone by 2010. [photo thanks Glenda Campbell]

Westinghouse
Arlington, KS
Holiday Bowl
Augusta, KS
Beloit
Motor Co. [gone]
Beloit, KS
OK Used Cars [gone]
Cedar Vale, KS
This Westinghouse sign hangs above the Arlington Trading Co. These porcelain enamel signs were mass-produced. The letters on these signs are embossed. There are still a number of them around the country including these in Centralia, KS, Rowland, NC, and Hyattsville, MD. [map]

The Holiday Bowl opened in 1958. The sign's lettering was definitely inspired by Holiday Inn signs. The bowling alley closed in 2010 and it's unknown whether they will reopen or what will happen with this sign. [map]

The Beloit Motor Co. sign was probably from the 1950s. Around 2011, it was removed and sold on eBay.

The OK Used Cars sign was installed at a former used car lot. This photo is from 2007. By 2009, the sign was gone. The "OK" trademark was developed by Chevrolet as a seal-of-approval for their used cars. For another example, see this one in Colusa, CA. [photo thanks Glenda Campbell]

Belleville:
Kravmore Dinner Bell [vintage; gone]

Centralia:
Westinghouse Appliances

Clark Pharmacy
Cimarron, KS
Weinberg's
Western Wear [gone]
Coffeyville, KS
H.W. Read's
Coffeyville, KS
Brown's
Furniture
Coffeyville, KS
El Torero [gone]
Derby, KS
The Clark Pharmacy sign appears to be a rebuilt replica. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Weinberg's Western Wear sign featured a neon cowboy with a lariat. The Weinberg's store is long gone but the sign remained. This photo is from 2010. By 2014, the sign was gone.

The H.W. Read's clothing store opened in the early 1900s. It is gone but this sign remains. [photo thanks Glenda Campbell] [map]

The Brown's Furniture sign might be from the 1930s or 1940s. [map]

The El Torero restaurant is gone. This sign has been repainted for the Plaza Azul restaurant. The neon was removed but the bulb arrow is still there. [photo thanks Glenda Campbell]

De Soto:
Ford signs

Thunderbird Motel
Dodge City, KS
Bel-Air Motel [gone]
Dodge City, KS
El Dorado Motel
El Dorado, KS
The Thunderbird Motel sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. For more, see this website. [map]

The Bel-Air Motel sign might be from the 1940s. This photo is from 2010. It was replaced with a plastic panel sign by 2012.

The El Dorado Motel signs are probably from the 1950s. [map]

Key Work Clothes [gone]
Fort Scott, KS
Red Ram Motel
Fort Scott, KS
This Key Work Clothes sign was still at this former factory when this photo was taken in 2010. By 2013, the sign was gone.

The Red Ram Motel opened in 1957. These photos are from 2010. In 2013, the sign in the first photo was still there. I don't think the sign in the second photo is still there. The letters in the third photo were on the ground in 2013. The diamond shaped sign was still there. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Pallucca & Sons
Super Market
Frontenac, KS
Fraternal
Order of Eagles
Great Bend, KS
Al's Chickenette
Hays, KS
Brass Rail
Hays, KS
Pallucca & Sons Super Market opened in 1909. In 1930, the market moved to this location. This sign is probably from the 1940s or 1950s. [map]

I have not seen a Fraternal Order of Eagles sign with flapping, animated wings before. This sign is probably from the 1950s. This photo is from 2010. The sign was restored around 2011. For more, see this website. [map]

Al's Chickenette opened in 1949. This sign is probably from then. For more, see this website. [map]

The Brass Rail bar opened in 1948 and this sign is probably from then. For more, see this website. [map]

Garden City:
Chicken [vintage; gone]

Hiawatha:
Sunflower Motel [map]

Money Chevrolet Truck Center
Hill City, KS
The Money Chevrolet Truck Center has a showroom filled with vintage signs and classic cars. I shot what I could from outside since the business was closed when I was there in 2010. [map]

Johnson
Music Center [gone]
Hutchinson, KS
Decker & Mattison
Hutchinson, KS
chicken sign
Hutchinson, KS
Darie King [gone]
Hutchinson, KS
The Johnson Music Center opened in 1950. This sign was built in 1953. The store closed in 2016. The sign was owned by a sign company and leased to the store. The sign has been sold to an undisclosed, out-of-town business.

Decker & Mattison is a heating, air conditioning and ventilation business. This sign is probably from the 1950s. This photo is from 2010. This sign was restored in 2016. For more, see this website. [map]

This chicken sign is located behind the windmill building. Does anyone know anything about it? [photo thanks Glenda Campbell] [map]

The Darie King restaurant might be from the 1950s or 1960s. Does anyone know the history of this place? It appeared to be closed when this photo was taken in 2010. By 2012, the sign was gone. For more, see this website.

Stevens
Hutchinson, KS
Carl's
Furniture
Hutchinson, KS
V.F.W.
Hutchinson, KS
Townsman Motel
Independence, KS
This Stevens sign advertises for the Jack H. Stevens & Associates, a business consulting service. The sign is about 30 feet tall. Does anyone know what business this sign was used for originally. [map]

The Carl's Furniture sign must have had neon originally. Does anyone know if this sign has always advertised for Carl's? [map]

This V.F.W. sign is probably from the 1950s. There are somewhat similar signs in Villa Grove, IL, Millstadt, IL, and Enid, OK. [map]

The Townsman Motel's building and sign appear to be from the 1950s. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

More Hutchinson:
Reger Rents [map]

South Hutchinson:
Hutch Drive-in [vintage; gone]

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