Mississippi Signs

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Haggard Drug Store
Clarksdale, MS
Cook & Fortenberry Pharmacy
Columbia, MS
The Haggard Drug Store sign might be from the 1930s or 1940s. The neon appears to be in good shape but I don't know if it is lit at night. Since 2014, this drug store has been operating as the Holy Moly Drug Store. The sign is still there and has not been altered. [map]

The Cook & Fortenberry Pharmacy displays a rare Walgreen Agency sign. [map]

More Clarksdale Signs:

Gulfport Signs:
Tastey Kreem [vintage; gone]

Hattiesburg Signs:
Southern Cleaners [gone]

Terrace Motel [gone]
Houston, MS
The Holiday Terrace Motel sign was probably from the 1950s. It had been draped with Christmas lights since at least 2008. I don't know if those lights illuminated the sign. The sign was gone by 2015. This sign was obviously inspired by the Holiday Inn sign which was developed in 1952. For more, see this website.

Bel Air
Shopping Center
Jackson, MS
Jackson, MS
The Bel Air Shopping Center is still in operation and retains this 1950s looking sign. [map]

Lott Furniture opened here in 1935. The store was still open when this photo was taken in 2010. The store closed around 2013. The building was vacant but the sign was still there in 2016. The buildings are being converted into apartments. This sign was removed in 2017 but put back up soon after that. I'm told that it is lit even though the store itself has closed. For more, see this website. [map]

More Jackson Signs:
Green Derby Restaurant [vintage; gone]
Holiday Terrace Motel [vintage; gone]
Lamar Restaurant
Peoples Cafe [map]
Redwood Court
Stonewall Jackson Motor Lodge [vintage]
Wells Cleaners

Cinderella [gone]
Meridian, MS
The Cinderella store is now vacant. I believe this was originally the Cinderella Slipper Shop. In recent years, the store housed Cinderella's Spatique. This photo is from 2007. By 2013, the sign was gone. The store was part of the Kress Building which had been sitting idle for years.

Red Hot Diner
Meridian, MS
Dixie Gas [gone]
Meridian, MS
Jared's Sandwich
Shop [gone]
Meridian, MS
Rock House
Trading Post
Meridian, MS
The Red Hot Diner was part of a Meridian truck stop from the mid-1950s. Although the restaurant was demolished in 1999, this sign remains. [map]

This Dixie Gas sign had either been painstakingly restored or it was a nostalgic copy. It stood next to an overpass, on the fringes of downtown in an empty lot when this photo was taken in 2007. The gas station had been demolished in 1986. The sign was removed in 2016.

I believe Jared's Sandwich Shop was still a new business when this photo was taken in 2007. The sign was either vintage in mint condition, with appropriately changed lettering, or it was an extremely faithful copy of an old sign. By 2008, the building and sign were gone.

The Rock House Trading Post is a gun shop and pawnbroker. When they moved recently, they brought along this old sign. For more, see this website. [map]

More Meridian Signs:
Hotel E.F. Young [map]
Imperial Laundry [map]
Nelva Fine Food [gone]
Terminal Hotel [map]

Pizza Hut [gone]
Natchez, MS
Frishman Department Store
Port Gibson, MS
One Hour
Tupelo, MS
Wheel Estate Mobile Homes
Tupelo, MS
This Pizza Hut sign had been adapted with newer lettering. It would have looked like this one in New Philadelphia, OH originally. This photo is from 2010. By 2014, this location had closed and the building was vacant. Only the frame of the sign was left.

The Frishman Department Store is gone but this Red Goose Shoes sign remains. There are only a few Red Goose signs still on display around the country. [map]

One Hour Martinizing is part the Martinizing dry cleaning chain. This is one of their older signs. There's another example in Milwaukee, WI. For more about the chain, see this page. [map]

The Wheel Estate Mobile Homes sign looks nicely maintained. [map]

More Natchez Signs:
Grover Drug Co. [vintage; gone]

More Tupelo Signs:
Long's Laundry
Tupelo Automobile Museum
Welcome Arrow [map]

Kellogg Hardware
& Appliance
West Point, MS
Winona, MS
The Kellogg Hardware & Appliance sign has been repainted since 2009 (this photo is from 2010). The neon is lit at night. I believe this store has been here since 1946. [map]

This Supervalu sign appears to be a 2-D version of the fiberglass statues used in conjunction with Big John supermarkets. I believe the name of the store here originally was the Big Star Grocery. Some people recall him being called "Big Jim" or "Rusty". The Big John chain started out as the Big Star chain. It's not known if this sign preceded the statues or if he was created during the same time period. I suppose it's also possible that, at some point, the sign replaced a damaged statue. The store was destroyed by a fire in 2015. There are plans to rebuild. I assume the sign will remain. For more, see this website. [map]

More Mississippi Signs:
Gowdy's Jewelers (Canton) [map]
Bar-B-Q (Laurel) [gone]
Motel Dixiana (Vicksburg) [map]

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