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Louisiana Signs

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Kelvinator
Abbeville, LA
former Happy
Trails Lounge
Alexandria, LA
former Southside
Motor Exchange
Baton Rouge, LA
This Kelvinator sign is probably from the 1950s. The appliance store below has been closed for many years. [map]

There's not much left of the Happy Trails Lounge sign. Does anyone know what this place was originally? [map]

The Southside Motor Exchange is gone but this sign remains. However, it is now in very bad shape. This photo is from 2006. By 2011, the neon engine graphic at the top had been removed or destroyed. [map]

More Alexandria Signs:
Bentley Hotel

Coca-Cola
Baton Rouge, LA
Overpass Cleaners
Baton Rouge, LA
Kean's
Main St.
Baton Rouge, LA
Kean's [gone]
Perkins Rd.
Baton Rouge, LA

The origins of this Coca-Cola sign are not clear. According to one source, there was a Jax Beer sign here originally. The support structure may later have been used for this sign which was built around 1946. According to other accounts, this sign was installed on the roof of the Liggett Rexall Drug store building which opened here in 1951. The sign was definitely in place by 1960. The drug store closed around 1981 but the sign has remained in place. It was refurbished in the mid-1980s and again in 2002. The sign's neon tubing is vulnerable to hurricanes.

In 2002, it was reported that this sign was one of three left in the country. This statement was repeated in later news articles. However, while there are a few vintage neon Coca-Cola signs on display in Atlanta, San Francisco, Richmond, and elsewhere, none of them resemble this sign. Another source reports that there was a sign in Hollywood, CA like the one in Baton Rouge. However, vintage photos reveal that it was not at all the same design. The Baton Rouge sign may have been unique.

The sign is about 20 feet wide. The text flashes on and off while the horizontal neon tubing scrolls up and down. The photo above is from 2010. In 2014, the local Coca-Cola Bottling Co. paid for the sign's latest restoration which cost about $20,000. The building now houses a Raising Cane's restaurant. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

I don't know how old this Overpass Cleaners sign is. The porcelain enamel text part of the sign appears to be 1950s. The other elements might have been added later. The sign is lit at night. [map]

The Kean's dry cleaning business was founded in Baton Rouge in 1900. The company now has more than a dozen locations in the Baton Rouge area. The Main St. location is still open. [map]

By 2014, the rooftop sign at the Perkins Rd. location was gone. Since 2015, the building has housed a Crispy Catch restaurant.

More Baton Rouge Signs:
Masonic Lodge

Peter's Grocery & Liquor
Bossier City, LA
2007: 2018:
The bottle sign at Peter's Grocery & Liquor appears to be from the 1950s. The bottle had a much more realistic paint job originally and read "Beer Wines" at the bottom. The "Peter's" panel is probably much more recent. By 2013, the neon letters on that panel were replaced with backlit plastic versions. For more, see this website. [map]

Bossier High School
Bossier City, LA
This Bossier High School sign is installed on the corner of the property of a Wingate by Wyndham hotel which was built around 2012. It functions as a directional sign since the high school is actually three blocks away. It doesn't appear that the porcelain panels ever had neon. The sign might be from 1970 as per the text reference on the panels. [map]

More Bossier City Signs:
Holiday Lanes
Revana Restaurant: 1, 2 [map]
Yum Yum Malt Shop [vintage; gone]

Simon's Pharmacy
Breaux Bridge, LA
Derrick Truck Stop
Greenwood, LA
Simon's Pharmacy replaced the store's neon sign with a plastic one sometime after 2008. This photo is from 2010. However, both faces of the old sign are displayed inside the store. [map]

This Derrick Truck Stop sign is probably from the 1950s. The neon is now missing from the channel letters. [map]

Hammond Signs:
Toggery Shop [map]

former Johnny Rizzo Furniture [gone]
Houma, LA
White Star Cleaners
Houma, LA
White Star Cleaners
Labadieville, LA
The Johnny Rizzo Furniture store was closed when this photo was taken in 2010. By 2013, the sign was gone.

These White Star Cleaners might have been part of a chain or at least these two locations had the same owner. The Sputnik ball used with the Houma sign were mass-produced in the 1960s. [Houma map]; [Labadieville map]

There was at least one other White Star Cleaners in Baton Rouge. There was possibly another one in Thibodaux.

Jennings Signs:
More Mileage Station

Tribune Printing Plant
Lafayette, LA
Evangeline Maid Bread
Lafayette, LA
The Tribune Printing Plant was established at this location in 1928. The sign is probably from the late 1940s or 1950s. The building now houses the French Press restaurant but the sign remains. [map]

The Evangeline Maid Bread revolving sign is located across the street from the former Evangeline Bread bakery. The building now houses the Flowers Baking Co. which produced Evangeline Maid Bread in recent years. I don't think the bread is made any more. The sign might be from the 1950s. It was definitely there by the 1970s. Does anyone know more about it? [map]

More Lafayette Signs:
Alesi's Pizza House

Panorama Burger House
Lake Charles, LA
Hokus Pokus Liquor [gone]
Lake Charles, LA
Hokus Pokus Liquor
Lake Charles, LA
The Panorama Burger House sign appears to be from the 1950s or 1960s. The building has been gone since at least 2008 and the sign stands alone on the lot. Apparently, there is another word behind the "Burger" panel. Maybe it was orginally a "Steak" house. [map]

The first Hokus Pokus Liquor sign shown above was a modern replacement of this sign. This photo is from 2010. By 2014, the sign was gone and there was another liquor store in the building.

The second Hokus Pokus Liquor sign above is more modern. There is an another modern sign on the building. This location opened sometime between 2008 and 2013. [map]

There is an early 1950s Hokus Pokus Liquor sign in Alexandria, LA. It is still there as of 2016 although the store has been vacant for years. [map]

La Place Signs:
Frostop

Vernon Bank
Leesville, LA
The Vernon Bank sign has been here since at least 1943. For more, see this website. [map]

Lamp Lighter Lounge
Metairie, LA
Dorignac's
Food Center
Metairie, LA
Gennaro's Bar
Metairie, LA
Gambino's Bakery
Metairie, LA
The huge rooftop Lamp Lighter Lounge sign survived Hurricane Katrina. For more, see this website. [map]

The Dorignac's Food Center opened in 1947 on Jackson Avenue and moved here in 1963. This sign must have been built then. [map]

Gennaro's Bar opened in 1937. This sign is probably from the 1950s. [map]

Gambino's Bakery opened in 1949. The cake sign is probably from then. The bakery sign may have been built later. [map]

More Metairie Signs:
Napoleon Plaza [map]

Minden Signs:
Western Auto [map]

Monroe Signs:
Faulk-Collier Moving & Storage [gone]
Louisville Pharmacy [vintage; gone]
Rancher Western Wear [vintage; gone]
Saddle & Spur Lounge [vintage; gone]

Morgan City Signs:
Cannata's Market [map]

Opelousas Signs:
Oaks Motel [map]
Palace Cafe [map]

Ruston Signs:
Rogers Furniture [map]

St. Francisville Signs:
South of the Border: 1, 2 [map]

Tallulah Signs:
Holiday Capri Motel [map]

former
G. Schifani Shoes
Thibodaux, LA
The G. Schifani Shoes store has housed the Red Goose Saloon since 1979. The Red Goose Shoes sign remains intact. [map]

More Louisiana Signs:
Rexall Drug Stores (various cities)
various theatres (various cities)

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