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Norge Balls & Other Norge Village Laundry Signs (page 2)

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KD Sales [gone]
Kalamazoo, MI
St. Ignace Laundromat
St. Ignace, MI
KD Sales updated this Norge Ball sign for their party supplies business. The laundromat left behind a Norge clock which has since been removed. The Norge Ball sign remained in place even when KD Sales had moved across the street by 2012. However, by 2015, the sign was gone.

The St. Ignace Laundromat is no longer a Norge Village but retains the sign. In 2017, it sounds like the new owner was trying to sell or get rid of the sign. [map]

former
Norge Village Laundry
Detroit, MI
Washboard
Coin Laundry
Iron Mountain, MI
former
Norgetown Cleaners
Allen Park, MI
Grapevine
Laundry
North East, PA
This battered Norge Ball in Detroit stands on a vacant lot. [map]

The Washboard Coin Laundry has a striped Norge Ball. It is still lit and spins. [map]

This Norgetown Cleaners is now Park Place Cleaners. [map]

There was another Norge Ball in Allen Park with more traditional polka dots.

The Norge Ball at the Grapevine Laundry had been painted purple. North East is known for its vineyards. This photo is from 2010. By 2012, the business had been renamed the North East Laundry. The band around the Norge Ball was adapted. [map]

Norge Ball [gone]
Rolla, MO
4-C Cleaners
Ogden, UT
2005: 2010: 2006: 2014:
The Norge Ball in Rolla stood on the lot of an abandoned gas station in 2005. By 2010, the station was occupied by PJ's Auto Source and the sign had been repainted. By 2013, the sign and business were gone.

According to the company's website, the 4-C Cleaners chain was established in 1964. I don't know if these locations had standard Norge Balls originally or if these signs were painted with the 4-C design from the beginning. The location shown above had a two-part Norge Village panel sign. They were replaced sometime after 2012. In addition, to these two Ogden locations, there was another one in Brigham City and possibly others. These company uses the 4-C and Forsey Cleaners names for the dry cleaning services while the self-service part of the business is referred to as Four Seasons Laundromats. The names are a play on the owner's last name of Forsey. [map]

4-C Cleaners
Ogden, UT
Hart's Best Dressed
Dry Cleaners & Laundromat
Roy, UT
Norge Village sign
Coalville, UT
This is the other 4-C Cleaners Norge Ball in Ogden (see above). [map]

The Norge Ball at Hart's Best Dressed Dry Cleaners & Laundromat is in great shape. It has been Hart's since at least 1974. [map]

This Norge Village sign in Coalville has only had one panel left since at least 2012 when it was called the Trout-O-Mat. This photo is from 2014. It is now known as the Coalville Laundromat. [map]

Norge Ball [gone]
Clearfield, UT
Norge Ball
Brigham City, UT
This Norge Balls in Clearfield and Brigham City were made of metal. I assume they were replacements for damaged plastic balls and that these two locations were owned by the same person.

The Clearfield location was vacant when these photos were taken in 2014. By 2016, the Norge Ball was gone.

The Norge Ball in Brigham City originally was painted with polka dots and the Norge Village name. It was repainted for the Mt. Logan Laundry around 2013. These photos are from 2014. For more, see this website. [map]

Winning Spot Laundry
Portland, OR
Willow Creek Motel
Willow Creek, CA
Beverly Hair Studio [gone]
Los Angeles, CA
The Norge Ball at the Winning Spot Laundry has some damage and fading. [map]

The Norge Ball at the Willow Creek Motel has been here since at least the early 1970s. [map]

The Norge Ball at the Beverly Hair Studio was mounted atop a multiple business pole sign. The Ball was there in 2008 when this photo was taken but gone by 2009.

Hernan Norge Cleaners
Los Angeles, CA
Benny's Market
Los Angeles, CA
Redondo Liquor
Redondo Beach, CA
Thrifty Wash
Fresno, CA
The Hernan Norge Cleaners Norge Ball is in excellent shape. The laundromat is still open. [map]

The Norge Balls at Benny's Market, Green Leaf Hydroponics and Thrifty Wash are missing the middle plastic sections. [Benny's map]; [Redondo map]; [Thrifty map]

former Norge Cleaners
Compton, CA
Norge Cleaners & Full Service Laundry
Ukiah, CA
The Norge Cleaners in Compton is gone but the remains of this Norge Ball are still there. [map]

The Norge Cleaners & Full Service Laundry in Ukiah still retains the name and signs but is no longer a self-serve place. I have not seen a Norge Ball with a blue band like this before. [map]

Norge Laundry Village
Rockdale, IL
Uptown Cleaners
& Laundry
Richland, WA
former Norge Laundry & Cleaning Village
Louisville, KY
The Norge Laundry Village sign in Rockdale is an unusual shape. I have not seen one like this anywhere else. [map]

The Uptown Cleaners & Laundry repainted this Norge Ball at some point before 2006. [map]

This Norge Laundry Village Norge Ball in Louisville still remains and reads "B. Klean Coin Laundry" although the building has been occupied by Dangerous Minds Tattoo & Barber Shop since around 2010. [map]

former Norge Laundry & Cleaning Village
San Mateo, CA

2008:

2014:
In 2008, this Norge Laundry Village building was being transformed from Dave's Hubcaps to Jack's Prime Burgers & Shakes. [map]

former Norge Laundry & Cleaning Village
Albany, CA
This Norge Laundry Village, now known as Norge Cleaners, was built in 1962. It features the same building design as the location above in San Mateo. I don't know of any other Norge buildings like this. The Norge Ball sign is long gone. For more, see this website. [map]

Norge Laundry & Cleaning Village
Oakland, CA
Norge Laundry & Cleaning Village
Hagerstown, MD
former Spinners Laundromat
Washington, DC
These Oakland and Hagerstown locations have the flat plastic signs. They probably both had Norge Balls at one time. The Oakland location is still a Norge Laundry & Cleaning Village. I believe the Hagerstown location is now vacant. [Oakland map]; [Hagerstown map]

Spinners Laundromat occupied the space when this photo was taken in 2010. There was still a Norge panel sign and a broken Norge Ball. By 2014, the panel had either been covered up or removed. The band on the Norge Ball had been replaced to advertise for "Metro PCS". [map]

former Norge Laundry & Cleaning Village
Coeur d'Alene, ID
The panel sign at this former Norge Laundry & Cleaning Village is still there but painted over a bit. The Norge Ball that was there disappeared between 2007 and 2012. The business is now known as The Cleaners. [map]

former Georgia Dollar
Decatur, GA
Mary's Coin Laundry
Marietta, GA
Norge Laundromat
Little Falls, NJ
Holiday
Launderama [gone]
Kansas City, MO
The Norge Ball in Decatur was hidden behind the Georgia Dollar store sign. The building was vacant at that point when this photo was taken in 2009. By 2012, the Georgia Dollar sign had been removed and the band on the Norge Ball had been repainted to advertise for the new business below, the Atlanta Musicians Exchange. For more, see this website. [map]

The Norge Ball at Mary's Coin Laundry could still revolve but the city sign ordinances will not allow it. For more, see this website. [map]

The Norge Laundromat in Little Falls probably had a complementary ball sign at one time. The laundry has been closed for at least a few years. [map]

The Holiday Launderama probably had a Norge Ball originally. I have not seen a double decker plastic panel combination like this anywhere else. This photo is from 2010. By 2011, the top panel was missing and the bottom panel was badly broken. They were replaced with a new Holiday Launderama sign by 2013.

Venus Envy [gone]
Ottawa, ON
Wilson Wash-A-Teria
Easton, PA
Mt. Washington Cleaners
Cincinnati, OH
Venus Envy adapted this Norge Ball. This is the only one that I know of that was displayed in Canada. It does appear from this photo that it was previously used at a laundromat. However, I don't know if Norge had locations in Canada or if this sign was brought here from the States for another business. The sign was removed in 2014 and put in storage. A local business has expressed interest in buying and displaying it.

The rooftop Wilson Wash-A-Teria Norge Ball sign is in great shape. The laundromat below is still in operation. [map]

The Mt. Washington Cleaners Norge Ball is installed on a freestanding pole next to the laundromat. [map]

Glen Raven Norge Village Laundry
Burlington, NC
Norge Ball [gone]
Greensboro, NC
Norge Ball
Waynesboro, VA
Norge Ball
North Platte, NE
The Norge Ball at the Glen Raven Norge Village Laundry is missing its midsection. The laundromat is still open. [second photo thanks Robby Delius] [map]

This Norge Ball in Greensboro had been painted white. The business below was no longer a laundromat when this photo was taken in 2009. The flat sign was probably a painted over Norge plastic sign. The Norge Ball was still there in 2014 but gone by 2015.

This Norge Ball in Waynesboro is installed at the BZ Laundry Mat. [map]

This Norge Ball in North Platte is located at the Star Laundromat. [map]

Sharkey's Stove Headquarters & Appliances [gone]
Poughkeepsie, NY
Norge Home Appliances [gone]
Hamlet, NC
In addition to their laundromat signs, Norge also produced signs for appliance stores like this one at Sharkey's Stove Headquarters & Appliances. Sharkey's was gone but this sign was still there when this photo was taken in 2010. By 2012, the sign was gone.

An even earlier example is this Norge Home Appliances neon sign hung above the Richmond Upholstery shop when this photo was taken in 2009. By 2013, the sign was gone. There are similar signs in Grapeland, TX and Milford, UT.

Norge Village Laundry [gone]
Vincennes, IN
This Norge Village Laundry opened in 1962. Although there is no Norge Ball here, there were tributes to it on signs inside and outside the store. It's safe to assume there was a Norge Ball here originally. In 2014, a fire gutted the building and destroyed all the signs except for the pole sign. The building and remaining sign are gone now.

More Norge Balls & Other Norge Village Signs:
Huntsville, AL [map]
Blytheville, AR
Lomita, CA [gone]
Santa Ana, CA [gone?]
Largo, FL [vintage; gone]
Pensacola, FL [map]
Boise, ID [map]
Ashland, KY [map]
Germfask, MI [map]
Highland Park, MI [map]
Monroe City, MO [map]
Clayton, NC [map]
Falconer, NY [gone]
Dayton, OH
York, PA [gone]
San Antonio, TX
Staunton, VA [map]
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