New Mexico Signs: Albuquerque (page 2)

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Peoples Flowers
Nob Hill
Albuquerque, NM
Peoples Flowers
Albuquerque, NM
Peoples Flowers was founded in 1944 and now has five locations in the Albuquerque area. I believe that only these two locations have vintage signs. For more, see this website. [Nob Hill map]; [downtown map]

Furr's [gone]
Albuquerque, NM
B. Ruppe Drugs
Albuquerque, NM
El Don Motel
Albuquerque, NM
Furr's opened its first restaurant in Hobbs, NM in 1946. There are now more than 50 locations throughout the Southwest and Florida. This photo is from 2006. By 2008, this location had closed and the sign was gone. There are two other Albuquerque locations but I don't believe they have this style sign. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

B. Ruppe Drugs was established in 1883. The store moved to this location in 1965. This sign is probably from then. The store closed around 2011 but the sign remains. [map]

The El Don Motel opened in 1946. This sign is probably from the 1950s. It was restored in 2001. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Monterey Motel
Albuquerque, NM
2017: 2018:
The Monterey Motel was built in 1946 as the David Court. By 1954, it was known as the Monterey Court. There was a different sign there at that time. The current design is probably from the late 1950s. Postcard images show the panels were originally painted brown. There was a metal grid in the arched loop above the text panel. There was also a secondary neon panel attached to the loop and resting on the text panel that appears to have depicted a sleeping Mexican. By the mid-1960s, the sign's text was changed from Monterey Court to the Monterey Motel and the panels had been painted blue and red. The grid was still there and the frame for the secondary panel remained, but the image was gone. After the frame was removed, a classic bulb arrow was mounted on top of the upper loop. That was removed decades ago and a small "Sorry No Vacancy" neon panel that was previously installed beneath the sign was moved up and hung inside the loop.

In 2018, the sign was freshened up with new paint. Just a few months later, the sign was hit by a truck which damaged the outside lower corner. In 2019, big plans were announced for the property. The pitched roofs will be removed to restore the rooms' original look and a pedestrian connection will be built to the neighboring El Vado Motel's new retail development. In 2019, Zeon Signs built a new replica sign. The abstracted arrow at the sign’s center was changed from yellow to the original red paint. The sign is lit with white, red, and green neon. For more, see this website. [map]

Master Cleaners
Albuquerque, NM
La Puerta Lodge
Albuquerque, NM
Master Cleaners opened in 1946. This neon "skeleton sign" in the window is animated. I don't know if it is vintage or modern. [map]

The La Puerta Lodge opened in 1949. This sign may be from then. [map]

El Camino Motor Hotel & Dining Room
Albuquerque, NM
Holiday Bowl
Albuquerque, NM
El Camino Motor Hotel was previously known as the El Camino Lodge. It may have been built in the 1930s. There was a different sign there originally. In 1950, the Dining Room was built across the street from the motel. The similarity of the motel sign indicates that it was probably built at the same time. The motel's name change might have taken place then as well. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Holiday Bowl signs appear to be from the 1950s or 1960s. The pole sign was originally painted green. It had a plastic message board which was replaced with this LED screen. For more, see this website. [map]

Bow & Arrow Lodge
Albuquerque, NM
Westward Ho Motel
Albuquerque, NM
Hardware [gone]
Albuquerque, NM
The Bow & Arrow Lodge sign might be from the 1950s or 1960s. The original sign featured an Indian shooting an arrow. [map]

The Westward Ho Motel opened in 1948. This sign is probably from the 1950s. It was restored in 2002. However, only one side of the sign has neon now. For more, see this website. [map]

Chase Hardware opened in 1954 and this giant hammer sign was probably from then. The sign had neon originally. This photo is from 2012. The store closed in 2015 and the sign was gone by 2016. For more, see this website.

Monroe's Mexican Food
Albuquerque, NM
former TraveLodge
Albuquerque, NM
Vigil's Safe & Key
Albuquerque, NM
Monroe's Mexican Food opened in 1962 and this sign appears to be from then. For more, see this website. [map]

This TraveLodge was built in 1957. There was a smaller neon sign there originally. The current sign looked like this originally. The sign has been adapted for other motels over the years. It has been a Days Inn since at least 2016. [map]

The Vigil's Safe & Key sign might be from the 1950s. [map]

Grandview Motel
Albuquerque, NM
Harper's Furs
Albuquerque, NM
Grandview Motel was built in 1954. This sign may be from then or the 1960s. [map]

Harper's Furs opened here in 1929. The store closed in 2011 but this sign remains. The sign is probably from the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

Garcia's Cafe
Albuquerque, NM
2012: 2017:
Garcia's Cafe opened in 1975. These signs appears to be older than that and were probably adapted from a previous business. By 2015, the pole sign had been repainted. For more, see this website. [map]

De Anza
Motor Lodge
Albuquerque, NM
Morningside Shopping Center
Albuquerque, NM
Valencia Bar
& Lounge [gone]
Albuquerque, NM
Cavalier Motel [gone]
Albuquerque, NM
The De Anza Motor Lodge was built in 1939. The 35 foot tall neon sign is believed to be from then. The motel closed in the 1990s. The City bought the property in 2003. The motel was demolished but the sign was spared. A new development for apartments, a retail store, a visitor center and a cafe are being built on the site. The coffee shop on the corner was saved. This photo is from 2017. In 2019, the sign was restored. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. [map]

The Morningside Shopping Center sign is probably from the 1960s or later. [map]

The Valencia Bar & Lounge is closed but this sign remained until 2018. It is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. The sign is now in a private collection.

The Cavalier Motel is long gone but this sign remained for many years. It was probably from the 1950s. This photo is from 2012. In 2014, the sign was removed. I believe it went to a private collector or antiques dealer. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

former Fiesta Lanes
Albuquerque, NM
Kmart [gone]
Albuquerque, NM
The Fiesta Lanes opened around 1961 and closed in 1998. The building was demolished but the sign was adapted. [map]

This Kmart sign was probably from the mid-1960s. These photos are from 2012. I believe this is the last neon Kmart sign left. In 2018, the store closed and the sign was removed. There was a sign like this in Sacramento, CA until around 2008. The "K" panel was removed and the other neon panel was replaced with backlit plastic letters.

Taco Sal
Albuquerque, NM
Taco Sal opened in 1960. These signs are lit at night. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Dog House Drive-in
Albuquerque, NM
The Dog House Drive-in opened in the early 1950s. The stand moved two blocks down the road in 1969. The original sign was moved to the new building which was identical in size and floor plan. The neon dog's tail wags in three-part animation. He also gobbles an animated string of six hot dog links. The neon text on the sign is static. The sign is about twenty feet long. The neon is occasionally damaged by hail and swiftly repaired. There was also a similar pole sign at one time. I don't know if it was ever at this location or if it was only at the first one. For more, see this website. [map]

private collection
Albuquerque, NM
The signs shown above are part of a private collection belonging to Carlos Garcia. He has many other signs from Albuquerque and elsewhere including those from Rupert Plumbing, Kurt's Camera Corral, and the Santa Fe Lodge. Some of these signs may be displayed in a restaurant and a nearby small sign park that Carlos plans to open in 2018. The Johnson's Garage sign and the Weakley Equipment Co. sign shown above came from the Vernon Walker collection which was auctioned off in 2015. For more, see this website.

More Albuquerque Signs:
Covered Wagon Court [vintage; gone]
Hiway House Motel
Jack's Liquor Store [vintage; being restored]
Lucky Boy Restaurant
Mac's La Sierra Coffee Shop
Pinon Motel
Range Cafe
Rupert Plumbing

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