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Massachusetts Signs (page 1)

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Blanchard's
Liquors
Allston, MA
Chieftain Liquors
Auburn, MA
Bellingham Auto Sales
Bellingham, MA
The Blanchard's Liquors sign appears to be from the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

This Chieftain Liquors sign was refurbished around 2010. This photo is from 2011. [map]

Bellingham Auto Sales has been here since 1946. I assume they started out selling Hudson automobiles. This Hudson sign is installed above the service bays. There are some similar Hudson signs in Detroit, MI and Ypsilanti, MI. There was one in Brunswick, IN that has been removed. [map]

Athol Signs:
Plotkin Furniture

China Jade Restaurant
Beverly, MA
Modern Pastry
Boston, MA
CITGO
Boston, MA
The China Jade Restaurant sign appears to be from the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

Modern Pastry has been here since the 1930s. The shop is best known for its cannolis, torrone, and other Italian pastries. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

This CITGO sign replaced a Cities Service sign from 1940. When the company changed its name to CITGO in 1965, this sign was built. It is the largest sign in New England measuring 60 feet by 60 feet. It features animated red, white and blue neon. When CITGO decided to dismantle the deteriorating sign in 1983, Boston residents protested. The sign was saved and restored. In 2005, the neon was replaced with LED lighting. In 2016, it was announced that the building on which the sign rests would be demolished. It is not known what will happen with the sign. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Cantina Italiana
Boston, MA
Bakey's [gone]
Boston, MA
Green Cross Pharmacy
Boston, MA
The Cantina Italiana opened here in 1931 and is the oldest restaurant in Boston's North End. I believe this sign was the model for Buca di Beppo restaurants. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Bakey's featured a modern sign. The restaurant owner's father once fell asleep on his wife's ironing board after having a few beers. There was a speaker on the wall which produces snoring sounds. This photo is from 2007. The restaurant closed in 2011 and this sign was gone by 2013.

I don't know if this Green Cross Pharmacy mortar and pestle sign is old or new. [map]

M. Steinert & Sons
Boston, MA
The Tam
Boston, MA
M. Steinert & Sons was established in 1860. The company has been at this location since 1896. This sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

This pair of signs at The Tam is probably from the 1950s or earlier. While these Budweiser signs are fairly common, especially in St. Louis, I have never seen a Michelob sign of this design. [map]

More Boston Signs:
American Airlines
Berkeley Building Weather Beacon
China Pearl [map]
Ida's Italian Cuisine [map]
Twin Donuts
YMCA [map]

Logan Express
Braintree, MA
The Logan Express sign is a reworked sign from the former South Shore Plaza Twin Drive-in. The first photo is from 2004, the second photo from 2011. This sign was built in the the 1950s or 1960s. The drive-in closed in 1986. The Logan Express is a shuttle bus service to Boston's Logan International Airport. [map]

Chico's Sunoco
Cambridge, MA
Sozio
Cambridge, MA
Colonial Drug [gone]
Cambridge, MA
Chico's Sunoco has a nothing-special modern looking station and canopy but a nice old huge vertical sign which looks 1960s to me. It has a similar style to the Mobil sign in Biddeford, ME. [map]

Sozio sells dining furniture for "fabulous fifties casual dining". They are also known as "Sozio's Major Appliances & TV." They have three other locations and have been in business since 1959. It appears that Sozio is the original occupant of this great, glass-fronted showroom. The signage suggests so and locals refer to the traffic circle as the "Sozio Rotary". For more, see this website. [map]

Colonial Drug was established in 1947. These photos are from 2009 and 2010. In 2013, the store moved to Newton, MA and the sign was removed. For more, see this website.

Dana Hill Liquor Mart
Cambridge, MA
Coolidge Cleansers
Cambridge, MA
Shell sign
Cambridge, MA
The Dana Hill Liquor Mart sign is probably from the 1950s. It was repainted around 2006. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Coolidge Cleansers is now known as "Coolidge Looking Good". This photo is from 2007. The sign was repainted around 2009. [map]

This Shell sign was constructed in 1933. It was moved to this location in 1948. It is 68 feet tall and featured animated neon. It is still located at an operating Shell gas station. In 2011 just weeks after these photos were taken, a replica sign using LED lighting was installed. It cost more than $200,000 to produce it. For more, see this website. [map]

More Cambridge:
Hong Kong Restaurant [map]

Safety Shoes
Charlestown, MA
Safety Shoes
Charlestown, MA
These Safety Shoes signs are located near the Charlestown Navy Yard. Does anyone know the story behind them? [map]

Anton's Cleaners
Chelmsford, MA
Skip's Restaurant [gone]
Chelmsford, MA
Anton's Cleaners has about 35 locations in Massachusetts. This sign is probably from the 1950s. The only other vintage Anton's sign that I know of is in Lowell, MA. [map]

Skip's Restaurant opened as Kidd's Diner in 1930. Around 1947, the name was changed and this replacement sign was installed. The sign is gorgeous - day or night. Skip's had a great homemade ice cream stand next door with a giant milk bottle on the roof. The restaurant closed in 2008 to make way for a strip mall. This sign is now in a private collection.

Care Cleaners
Chelmsford, MA
Care Cleaners features a huge rooftop neon sign and an interior that mixes original and retro elements. It had a nice freestanding sign at one time, too. Care Cleaners has another location in Chelmsford but with a smaller neon sign. [map]

More Chelmsford:
Hong Kong Restaurant [map]

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