Massachusetts Signs (page 2)

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Center Cleaners
Chicopee, MA
Motor Lodge [gone]
Dennis Port, MA
Bongi's Turkey Roost
Duxbury, MA
As the sign says, Center Cleaners has been here since 1965. [map]

The Lamplighter Motor Lodge, now the Lamplighter Motel, appears to be from the 1950s. This photo is from 2011. By 2014, the neon had been removed and the panels were painted over or replaced for the Oceanside Motel. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Bongi's Turkey Roost was established in 1947. This sign has been here since at least 1957. It is lit at night. The business sells locally raised turkeys, turkey pies, fried chicken, salads, and fruit pies. [map]

More Chicopee:
Falls Pizza [gone]

Sunnyside Bowladrome [map]

East Longmeadow:
Stacy's Cleaners [map]

Teddie Peanut Butter
Everett, MA
Mark You Restaurant [gone]
Fall River, MA
Teddie Peanut Butter is produced by the Leavitt Corporation in this building. This sign was erected in 1960. The neon on this sign stopped working in the 1960s. The sign is now lit with flood lights. For more, see this website. [map]

The Mark You Restaurant featured a huge, neon dragon sign and a glass block fa├žade. The restaurant closed in 2007 and reopened in 2010. The sign is now in a private collection. [middle photo thanks DinerFan]

Rayco Motors
Fitchburg, MA
Hotpoint Appliances
Great Barrington, MA
Swift Cleaners
Greenfield, MA
Ryan and Casey
Greenfield, MA
Rayco Motors is a used car lot. This sign is probably from the 1950s or so. [map]

This Hotpoint Appliances sign hangs above Cotswold Furniture Makers. At least a couple businesses have occupied this storefront since the appliance store closed but this sign remains. These signs were mass-produced. There is another one just like this one in Titusville, FL. [map]

Swift Cleaners features two rooftop signs. The blue blade sign advertises to traffic coming from both directions. The larger sign is one-sided. [map]

Ryan and Casey Liquors has been around since around 1910. This sign is probably from the 1950s. [map]

Harrigan's Liquor Store
Hamilton, MA
Market Basket
Lowell, MA
Bros. Gas
Lowell, MA
Merrimac Rug
& Linoleum
Lowell, MA
Proodian & Sons Rugs
Lynn, MA
The Harrigan's Liquor Store sign appears to have been recently refurbished. For more, see this website. [map]

This Market Basket is still there but this sign is gone. It was removed in 2011 just a few days after this photo was taken. The sign was located in the Sunrise Shopping Center. One of the still-functioning clocks was saved and is now in a private collection.

This Muldoon Bros. Gas station is still in business despite the rusty appearance of this sign. I don't know if the company had other stations at one time. [map]

Merrimac Rug & Linoleum opened in 1941. Around 2009, the store moved to a new location. As of 2012, this sign still remains at the old building. [map]

Proodian & Sons Rugs has been here since 1936. This sign is probably from the 1950s. It appears this sign has always been encased in this plastic box. [map]

New England Motor Court
Malden, MA
Malden Square Bowladrome
Malden, MA
The New England Motor Court features a nice big sign as well as apparently original mid-century motel design. [map]

The Malden Square Bowladrome is now known as Ryan Family Amusements but these signs remain. The signs were restored between 2011 and 2013. This place still offers candlepin bowling which is represented in both signs. [map]

Simco's Takeout
Mattapan, MA
Simco's Takeout has been here since 1935. For more, see this website. [map]

former Best Western [map]
RCA Victor

Skip's Snack Bar
Merrimac, MA
C&T Paint & Wallpaper
Natick, MA
Paul Revere [gone]
New Bedford, MA
Skip's Snack Bar was established in 1947. The restaurant has been at this location since 1955. This sign was refurbished just before this photo was taken in 2011. When the stand is closed for the off-season, the sign is covered up. I don't know if this place was related to Skip's Restaurant in Chelmsford. [map]

C&T Paint & Wallpaper features this somewhat 3-D sign of a painter on a metal ladder. [map]

The Paul Revere sign was built in 1948 and installed on Route 6 on the roof of the Revere Copper Products Company. The company was founded by Paul Revere. The sign is made of copper and is 25 feet tall by 44 foot wide. There are five colors of neon. The horse's legs were lit in two-part animation creating a galloping action. There are five colors of neon, more than 200 neon pieces, and 1,000 feet of neon tubing in 126 sections. The sign deteriorated over the years and the neon was disconnected in the 1970s. The sign was taken down in 1994. In 1997, the sign was saved by WHALE, the Waterfront Historic Area League, which began fundraising for the sign's renovation. It cost between $50,000 and $100,000 to restore. In 1998, the sign was installed along I-195 and relit with a 50 foot long electronic message board below it. In 2013, it was announced that the sign was a safety hazard and distraction. In 2014, it was removed and put in storage. It may be restored one day.

The Revere Copper Co. had a seemingly identical sign at its factory in Rome, NY. The sign was lit with red neon and the horse's legs on that sign were animated in the same way as this one in New Bedford. The sign in Rome is gone now. For more, see these websites: and 1, 2, 3, and 4.

Fowle's News
Newburyport, MA
Fowle's News opened here in 1865. The vitrolite facade and sign on the building are from the 1920s. The neon sign is from the late 1930s and was refurbished in 2003. For more, see this website. [map]

South Pacific
Chinese Restaurant
Newton, MA
State St. Fruit Store
Northampton, MA
IGA Super Market
Northfield, MA
The South Pacific Chinese Restaurant opened in 1964. It closed in 2012 and the fate of this sign is unknown. It was still there in 2014. For more, see this website. [map]

The State St. Fruit Store opened in the 1930s. In recent years, with new owners, the store has expanded into a deli and liquor store. [map]

These IGA Super Market signs were mass-produced but very few remain now. This is the only one I know of that still hangs above an operating grocery store. [map]

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