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Kansas City Signs

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Western Auto
Kansas City, MO
Ross Miller Cleaners
Kansas City, MO
Stephenson's Old Apple
Farm Restaurant [gone]
Kansas City, MO
The Western Auto pie-slice shaped tower was built in 1915 for the Coca-Cola Company. The company moved out of the building in 1922. Western Auto, an auto parts company, had offices in the building since the 1920s. The company bought the building in 1951 and, during the following year, installed this 58 foot tall sign on the roof. Western Auto moved out of the building in 1998. In 2004, the building was converted into condos known as the "Western Auto Lofts". The landmark sign was restored. It features 2,500 light bulbs and 1,000 feet of neon. The arrow is animated with chasing and scintillating bulbs. For more, see this website. [map]

Ross Miller Cleaners was established in 1928. The company has two new locations in Blue Springs and Lees Summit. This sign is probably from the 1950s and depicts a man pressing clothes. [map]

Stephenson's Old Apple Farm Restaurant opened in 1946. The restaurant closed around 2007 but this sign was still there when this photo was taken in 2010. The restaurant and sign were gone in 2012.

Main Street
Kansas City, MO
House of
Heavilin Beauty College
Kansas City, MO
4 Acre Motel
Kansas City, MO
The Main Street sign appears to be an adaptation of an older sign. It is currently mounted above the Carter Group, a real estate agency, on Main St. Does anyone know what business this sign advertised for originally? For more, see this website. [map]

House of Heavilin Beauty College was established in 1953. I believe this sign is from then. For more, see this website. [map]

The Four Acre Motel sign is probably from the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

Frontier Motel
Kansas City, MO
Capri Motel [gone]
Kansas City, MO
Drum Room
Kansas City, MO
The Frontier Motel sign appears to be from the 1950s. The sign had three smaller box panels at the bottom originally which were removed sometime after 2008. There might also have been something on those poles above it. This photo is from 2010. By 2012, the neon panels were replaced with plastic panels. For more, see this website. [map]

The Capri Motel sign was probably from the 1950s or 1960s. This photo is from 2010. In 2015, the building was demolished and the sign was gone.

The Drum Room opened in 1941. It is located on the corner of the Hilton President Hotel. The building was vacant from 1981 until it was restored in 2006. The Drum Room reopened at that time. This sign was probably built then. It appears to be a recreation of the original. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Robert's
Supermarket
Kansas City, MO
Mayfair Cleaners
Kansas City, MO
The Robert's Supermarket sign appears to be from the 1950s. [map]

Mayfair Cleaners was established in 1943. These signs appear to be from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

Sam's Bargain Town
Kansas City, MO
Sam's Bargain Town is long gone but these signs remain. This was part of a discount department store chain with about four locations in the Kansas City area. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

National Furniture
Kansas City, MO
Blue Vue
Shopping Center
Kansas City, MO
Michael's Fine
Clothes for Men
Kansas City, MO
former Daddy's
Backdoor Bar
Kansas City, MO
Commerce Bank
Kansas City, MO
Gillis Sundries
Kansas City, MO
National Furniture is long gone but this sign remains. [map]

The Blue Vue Shopping Center opened in 1957. For more, see this website. [map]

Michael's Fine Clothes for Men opened in 1905. For more, see this website. [map]

Daddy's Backdoor Bar was closed when this photo was taken in 2010. I believe the building housed Danny's Big Easy, a Cajun restaurant, before this. This sign is obviously repurposed. Does anyone know what was here originally or where this sign came from? In 2012, the building began housing Anton's Taproom Restaurant and the sign was reworked again. [map]

This Commerce Bank sign appears to be from the 1950s or 1960s. The time and temperature oval at the top still works and revolves. It probably had neon at one time. Does anyone know when this was built and if it advertised for another bank originally? [map]

Gillis Sundries opened in 1946 and this sign was installed then. The space has housed the Happy Gills Cafe since 2008. This sign remains. These Coca-Cola signs were mass-produced and there are still a number of them around the country. [map]

Strahm Automation and Mailing Services
Kansas City, MO
Teefey Flowers [gone]
Kansas City, MO
Strahm Automation and Mailing Services moved into this building around 1995. Around 1998, Strahm reworked this sign which had been left behind by the previous tenant. The sign was probably built in the 1950s and originally advertised for the Smith-Grieves Co. typesetting company. In 2010, Strahm had the sign's neon and clocks repaired. [night photo thanks Lee Ann Buehler] [map]

Teefey Flowers featured two 1950s-looking signs. The company either closed or moved sometime after 2007. By 2011, the neon had been removed from the pole sign and new panels were added for another business. The flower sign was disappeared between 2012 and 2014. For more, see this website. [left photo thanks Glenda Campbell]

Dentist
Kansas City, MO
Westport Cleaners [gone]
Kansas City, MO
The Dentist sign hangs inside American Jazz Museum's Visitor's Center. The sign came from an African-American owned business in Kansas City.

This Westport Cleaners sign was there in 2007 but gone by 2010. It was replaced with a plastic sign. [photo thanks Glenda Campbell]

Dixie-Lan Bar-B-Que
Kansas City, MO
Broadway
Hardware Co.
Kansas City, MO
Dave's Stagecoach Inn
Kansas City, MO
Hyline Inn [gone]
Kansas City, MO
Rob's Cafe
Kansas City, MO
The Dixie-Lan Bar-B-Que restaurant opened in the 1950s and closed in the 1980s. This sign remains. [map]

Broadway Hardware Co. is gone but this sign remains. The sign appears to be from the 1920s or 1930s. [map]

Dave's Stagecoach Inn opened in 1970. This sign was adapted from a former business. Sometime after 2008, the sign was damaged and replaced with a replica. This photo is from 2010. For more, see this website. [map]

The Hyline Inn sign was probably from the 1950s. In 2011, the motel was demolished and the sign was removed. It is now in a private collection. For more, see this website.

Rob's Cafe opened here in 2009 and restored this sign. There was probably more neon originally. Before Rob's, the restaurant was Debby's Diner. I don't know the original business name but this sign is probably from the 1960s. By 2011, the name on the sign had been changed to Pop's Cafe. [map]

Cascone's
Kansas City, MO
C-152 Lectra and arrow
Kansas City, MO
Cascone's Italian restaurant opened in 1954. This sign appears to be an adapted Goodyear Tires sign. For more, see this website. [map]

This C-152 Lectra and arrow signs are from the 1960s. Both featured flashing bulbs. There is no identifiable business in the building now. Does anyone know what business these signs were associated with originally? For more examples of C-152 Lectra signs and information about them, see this page. The arrow was produced by Superior Electrical Advertising in Long Beach, CA. They were mass-produced and installed all over the country. Many of them had bulb text in the middle reading "OPEN" and other things. These photos are from 2010. By 2014, the arrow was gone. The C-152 Lectra was still there in 2015. [map]

Supermarket
Kansas City, MO
Royal Auto Trim
Kansas City, MO
Bill Russell Motor Co.
Kansas City, MO
Downtown Motors
Kansas City, MO
This Supermarket is long gone but the sign remains. It is probably from the 1940s or 1950s. [map]

The Royal Auto Trim and Bill Russell Motor Co. signs are probably from the 1950s. I suspect that the Royal Auto Trim sign might have advertised for Rayco originally. [Royal Auto map]; [Bill Russell map]

Downtown Motors was established in 1961. These signs are probably older than that. I believe these Ford "A-1" Used Car signs were made in the 1950s. The blue sign on top of it was a later addition. The tall sign appears to have been re-lettered with "Downtown". There is a blank square in the last position. [map]

Motor Cargo / Consolidated Freightways

York, PA
2010:

Kansas City, MO
2014:
This Motor Cargo / Consolidated Freightways sign was located right next to I-83 when it was installed in York, PA. The sign is about 40 feet long and featured animated neon which made the truck's wheels appear to move. There was also another panel depicting light coming from the truck's headlights. That panel disappeared at some point. In 2011, the sign was removed. It was donated to the American Truck Historical Society and has been restored. In 2013, the sign was installed at the ATHS in Kansas City.

The sign was originally built to advertise for Motor Cargo. The Consolidated Freightways panel was added later. The ATHS restored the the sign with Motor Cargo on one side and CF on the other. The sign is lit at night but the wheels do not spin. An identical Motor Cargo sign like this was installed in 1958 in West Richfield, OH. I assume the York sign was also installed that same year. It is not known what became of the West Richfield sign. [2014 photos thanks Shelley Ruhlman] [map]

More Kansas City Signs:
Acapulco Mexican Food: 1, 2 [now at American Sign Museum]
Alibi Club [gone]
Bledsoe's Rental Service [gone]
Gaety Theatre [gone]
Loretta's Cafe [gone]
Sears Service Center [map]
Seiden's Furs [map]

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