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New Jersey Signs (page 1)

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Asbury Lanes
Asbury Park, NJ
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Drug Store
Asbury Park, NJ
Bayville Liquors
Bayville, NJ
Liberty Electric
Company [gone]
Bayonne, NJ
Manny's Liquors & Wines
Bayonne, NJ
The Asbury Lanes opened in 1961. The place still has bowling but it is more of a punk rock club now. The sign was restored when the club opened around 2007. The sign was badly damaged in a windstorm in 2010. It was repaired in 2012 just before this photo was taken. The "Bowl Where You See the Magic Triangle" and AMF logo panel has been replaced with "Music Food Drinks". For more, see this website. [map]

The Home Drug Store sign is probably from the 1940s or 1950s. It is lit at night. For more, see this website. [map]

The Bayville Liquors sign is from the late 1960s. [map]

The Liberty Electric Company was gone but this sign was still there when this photo was taken in 2012. The storefront was then occupied by the Bayonne Glass Co. The sign was still there in 2013 but gone by 2016. It was probably built in the 1950s.

The Manny's Liquors & Wines signs appear to be from the 1950s. They are lit at night. For more, see this website. [map]

More Asbury Park:
Casino Skating Palace [gone]
Tillie sign [gone]

Atlantic City:
Clifton's Club Harlem [vintage; gone]

Freedman's
Bakery [gone]
Belmar, NJ
Black Horse
Motel [gone]
Blackwood, NJ
Packard
Industries
Boonton, NJ
App's Hardware [gone]
Bordentown, NJ
Freedman's Bakery opened in 1950 and this sign is probably from then. This photo is from 2012. In 2014, the bakery closed and the building was remodeled for the BeachHaus Brewery. Parts of the sign may have been salvaged when it was removed.

The Black Horse Motel had been demolished but this sign remained when this photo was taken in 2009. By 2011, the sign was gone.

Packard Industries, aka Kanter Auto Products, has been selling Packard parts since 1960. I believe this sign is lit at night. I'm not sure if this is a vintage or reproduction sign. [map]

App's Hardware was established in 1900. I believe the store closed in 2009. This sign was still there later than year and an antiques store was in the space. By 2011, the sign was gone.

Mast Pharmacy & Surgical Supply
Bordentown, NJ
spinning sign [gone]
Budd Lake, NJ
The Mast Pharmacy & Surgical Supply sign is probably from the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

This spinning sign was located at the Cherokee Trading Post which opened in the 1940s. This motorized sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. The store closed in 2016 and the sign was removed. For more, see this website. There is another one of these at the Weber's Root Beer in in Pennsauken, NJ. There was another one in Dania, FL.

Towne Park
Motel [gone]
Camden, NJ
Penn Fish Co. [gone]
Camden, NJ
Swan Dry
Cleaners [gone]
Cranford, NJ
Hunter's Lodge
Motel
Delaware, NJ
Dickerson's Flower Shop
Dover, NJ
Although the Towne Park Motel was demolished in the early 1990s, this sign was still intact in 2009 when this photo was taken. By 2015, the arrow part of the sign and the letters had been removed. [map]

The Penn Fish Co. was also long gone but this sign was still there in 2009 when this photo was taken. It was gone by 2012.

This photo of the Swan Dry Cleaners sign is from 2007. In 2010, the sign was removed. It is now in a private collection.

The Hunter's Lodge Motel opened in 1955 and is still in operation. The sign was stripped of its remaining neon and repainted shortly before this photo was taken in 2007. The colors are the original. [map]

Dickerson's Flower Shop opened in the late 1920s. The sign is probably from the 1950s. The store is still open. [map]

More Camden:
Line Cafe [map]

Clifton:
Deluxe Cleaners

Eatontown TV
& Appliance
Eatontown, NJ
Bennett Chevrolet
Egg Harbor Township, NJ
Eatontown TV & Appliance has been around since 1943. This sign is still lit at night. For more, see this website. [map]

Bennett Chevrolet was established in 1935. This rooftop sign is probably from the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

Parkway Lanes
Elmwood Park, NJ
The Parkway Lanes opened in 1959. This sign is from then. These photos are from 2009. By 2016, the neon had been removed from the letters and replaced with LED rope. [map]

Marcal Paper Mills
Elmwood Park, NJ
Marcal Paper Mills has been making tissues, toilet paper, and paper towels here since 1939. The sign was installed in 1948. There are two of these signs of the roof. They are angled for visibility from I-80. The sign was turned off in 2009 and then restored in 2014. [map]

Stryker's Paint Store
Flemington, NJ
Woolley's Fish Market
Freehold, NJ
Stryker's Paint Store has been here since the 1930s. The blade sign appears to be from then. These Dutch Boy Paints signs were mass-produced and there are still a number of them around the country. [map]

Woolley's Fish Market features this giant lobster sign on their roof. The neon appears to be in good shape so I would believe this sign is lit at night. [map]

D&R Boat World
Green Brook, NJ
McMillan's Bakery [gone]
Haddon Township, NJ
Angeloni's
Cedar Gardens Liquor Store [gone]
Hamilton, NJ
D&R Boat World opened here in 1956. This sign is probably from then or shortly thereafter. It must have had neon letters originally. A darker blue face is visible behind the peeling paint. [map]

McMillan's Bakery opened in 1939. This photo is from 2009. The bakery is still there but these neon letters were removed around 2012. They were probably from the 1950s.

The Angeloni's Cedar Gardens Liquor Store sign was probably from the 1950s. It was removed in 2016. For more, see this website.

Guttenberg:
Corks & Bottles

Hackensack:
Bowler City [map]

Hackettstown:
Agostino Shoe Repair

Hammonton:
Pine Crest Motel

Diamond Reo
Hawthorne, NJ
Mom's Diner
Hightstown, NJ
Clam Broth House
Hoboken, NJ
Hotel Victor
Hoboken, NJ
This Diamond Reo embossed plastic sign is located at Goffle Brook Sales & Service. There is another one of these signs in Columbus, OH. [map]

The sign at Mom's Diner, formerly Mom's Peppermill Restaurant, used to be animated. The crank of the peppermill would turn and the lights blinked out ground pepper. The decaying sign was repainted yellow as part of a major 2003 restaurant makeover when it became Chef Giorgio's Mom's Diner. Although the neon was not restored, the crank and upper piece with "Exit" and "8" were repaired and spinning again. The restaurant closed around 2007 and was still vacant in 2015. The sign is still there. [map]

The Clam Broth House restaurant opened in 1899. The name came from the broth, served free of charge, that was made from the water used to boil the steamed clams. The restaurant closed in 2003 when structural damage was discovered. The building was demolished in 2004. There were originally three of these pointing hand signs. One was located outside the restaurant, pointing downwards towards the entrance. That giant yellow sign is reportedly in storage. There was also a smaller one directly above the entrance, pointing inward toward the building. The third one, located across the street and shown above, is the only one that remains on display. In 2010, a new Clam Broth House restaurant opened. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

I believe the Hotel Victor was built in 1916. This sign appears to be from the 1920s. The building is no longer used as a hotel. [map]

Moon Motel
Howell, NJ
Valley Fair
Irvington, NJ
The Moon Motel opened in 1966 and this sign is from then. The motel was demolished in 2015. As of 2016, the sign is still there. For more, see this website. [map]

The Valley Fair supermarket and sign are from 1961. In 2012, part of the sign was covered up. The store is closed and the building is being renovated for multiple tenants. I don't know what will happen with this sign. [map]

Starr's [gone]
Jersey City, NJ
Colgate Clock
Jersey City, NJ
Orthopedic Shoe Repair
Lake Como, NJ
The Starr's restaurant was long gone but this sign was still there in 2011 when this photo was taken. The building was demolished in 2015 and the sign is gone.

This Colgate Clock was built in 1924. It is the world's largest clock with a 50 foot in diameter face. The minute hand is 25 feet long. The design was based on Colgate's Octagon Soap. It is actually the second such clock erected in Jersey City. The first was built in 1906 and was 38 feet in diameter. This older sign was moved to Jeffersonville, IN. This clock that replaced it is lit at night and supposedly still works. However, when I was there in 2007, it was not operating. In 1983, the signage below the clock was altered. The letters spelling out "Soaps Perfumes" were replaced with a toothpaste tube. When the clock was moved to the ground, this part of the sign was replaced with a simple red rectangular Colgate sign. In 2013, the clock was completely rebuilt with new hands, face, and LED lighting. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

The Orthopedic Shoe Repair sign appears to be pre-1950s. [map]

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