New York Signs (page 1)

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Lombardo's Restaurant
Albany, NY
Westgate Shopping Center
Albany, NY
Lombardo's Restaurant (aka Lombardo's Grill) has been serving Italian food since 1932. The sign is not the original but it is from the 1930s and was restored in 2000.

The Westgate Shopping Center and sign were built in 1957. The neon sign is 90' tall. It originally read "Welcome to Westgate Shopping Center" and had a clock which was replaced with the Price Chopper sign. For more, see this website.

Brown Derby
Albany, NY
Bob & Ron's Fish Fry
Albany, NY
Colonial Car Wash
Albany, NY
Diana's Wine & Spirits
Albany, NY
The Brown Derby opened in 2008. This sign was based on the one that was installed on top of the long-gone, hat-shaped Brown Derby restaurant in Hollywood, CA. For more, see this website.

Bob & Ron's Fish Fry opened in 1948 as Bob & Art's. It moved to this location in 1952. In the late 1950s, the sign was either altered or replaced with this one. It is lit at night. For more, see this website.

This Colonial Car Wash was supposedly built in the 1950s. This chain has five other locations in Albany and Schenectady. I think this is the only one with an old sign. Another source says this car wash and sign were built in the 1960s as the Albany Supersonic Car Wash.

The Diana's Wine & Spirits sign is probably from the 1950s.

Colonie Animal Hospital
Albany, NY
Huck Finn's Warehouse
Albany, NY
The Colonie Animal Hospital features freestanding metal letters along its roofline. My guess is that these are from the 1950s.

This Huck Finn's Warehouse sign was built around 1997. He was repainted in 2008.

Northway Inn [gone]
Colonie, NY
The Northway Inn was built in 1960. These photos are from 2001. By 2010, the motel and signs were gone.

Hill's Stationery Shop
Troy, NY
J&J Auto
Troy, NY
Eng's Chinese
Kingston, NY
Stephen Vozdik
Saugerties, NY
I believe Hill's Stationery Shop has been here since 1920. This sign is probably from the 1950s.

The blue ribbon sign at J&J Auto was mass-produced and used nationwide. Here's another one in St. Joseph, MO. I don't know if they were associated with a particular dealership like the Chevrolet OK signs.

Eng's Chinese Restaurant opened here in 1927. It moved here in 1978. They must have brought this sign with them. It is lit at night. For more, see this website.

The neon is gone from the Stephen Vozdik Realtor sign. I don't know if this business is still there. There's a house on the lot where this sign stands.

Oliver's Candies
Batavia, NY
Bel-Aire Motel
Niagara Falls, NY
Oliver's Candies opened in 1932. The sign was built in the late 1940s and was origincally part of a canopy in front of the entrance. In the 1950s, it was built into the freestanding sign. The neon is lit at night. However, the flashing bulbs had to be made steady to comply with a local ordinance.

The Bel-Aire Motel and sign are from the early 1960s. The neon is partially lit at night. The arrow flashes on and off.

Pelican Motel
Niagara Falls, NY
The Pelican Motel is probably from the 1950s.

Moonlite Motel
Niagara Falls, NY
The Moonlite Motel was probably built in the 1950s or 1960s. Their sign is lit at night. The neon flashes back and forth between the star and the crescent moon. For more, see this website.

Caravan Motel
Niagara Falls, NY
Shorty's Ultimate Sports Bar
Niagara Falls, NY
The Caravan Motel is probably from the 1950s. The star on top of the Caravan Motel sign has not been lit for years.

The pink elephant sign at Shorty's Ultimate Sports Bar was built in the 1950s for a used car lot. It was later adapted by Honey's Pizzeria. Shorty's opened here around 2007 and has kept the sign. I assume this sign was originally installed on a pole and that the top of it revolved.

Kem Cleaners
Erie Blvd. [gone]
Schenectady, NY
Kem Cleaners
Union St. [gone]
Schenectady, NY
Kem Cleaners
Scotia, NY
Kem Cleaners is a local dry-cleaning chain which had about a dozen locations at one time. The Erie Blvd. location was their first, opening in the 1940s. That building and sign are gone now. The Union St. location is also gone. As of 2010, the Scotia location was still open. I don't believe there are any other Kem Cleaners with vintage signs like these.

General Electric
Schenectady, NY
Loop Grill
Syracuse, NY
Sweetheart Market
North Syracuse, NY
Brown Derby
Poughkeepsie, NY
This General Electric sign was built in 1926. This giant electric bulb sign spans nearly the full width of the company's headquarters. The sign is 168 feet long. 1,399 bulbs are used to illuminate the 10 foot tall letters and logo. The sign is animated with the letters of the logo and the text below lit sequentially. I have heard that the bulbs are changed to red and green for the Christmas holidays but I don't know if they still do. General Electric has been using the same GE logo since 1900. It was circular in design to fit in the center of an electrical fan. There is a very similar GE sign in Fort Wayne, IN. For more, see this website.

The Loop Grill sign is no longer lit at night. It might be from the 1930s.

The Sweetheart Market opened as a produce stand here in 1945. It grew into a supermarket in 1952 and eventually closed in 2003. Their sign was restored and adapted by an Eckerd drug store in 2007. In 2008, the neon was replaced with LED tubing. The neon was prone to breaking from the vibrations of heavy trucks driving by. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

The Brown Derby restaurant opened in 1902. In recent years, it was known as 96 Main but new owners have changed the name back to the original. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Drugs [gone]
Penn Yan, NY
Allied Building
Products [gone]
Utica, NY
Coral Isle
Swim Pools
Vestal, NY
Star Cleaners
Vestal, NY
Henderson's Drugs was founded in 1956 and this sign appeared to be from then. The company had several other locations. This sign was removed and destroyed in 2014. For more, see their website.

Allied Building Products maintained this animated, older neon sign above its modern one. The "Rocky" character also appeared in another modern sign on the front of their building. Allied appears to specialize in roofing materials. This photo is from 2003. By 2010, the company had moved and this sign was gone.

Coral Isle Swim Pools was established in 1960. They have a full-sized swimming pool directly behind this sign. The company has expanded to sell hot tubs and game tables (e.g., billiards and ping pong).

Star Cleaners opened in 1946. This sign was installed at that time. Although the cleaners closed in 2005, this rooftop sign remains. In 2010, the neon star was relit for the Christmas season. For more, see this website.

Parsons Mobile Homes
Endwell, NY
Endwell Motel
Endwell, NY
Town & Country Building
Liberty, NY
Parsons Mobile Homes is now known as Parsons Recreational Vehicle. The sign was repainted shortly before this photo was taken in 2010.

The Endwell Motel sign appears to be from the 1950s or 1960s. The restaurant referred to in the sign is now China Lake (Chinese food).

The Town & Country Building is from the late 1800s. It has been a dry goods store, a vaudeville house, a movie theatre and a clothing store. The current fašade design is from 1953 when it was occupied by the Town & Country Men's and Boy's Shop. That business closed in the early 1990s. The building now houses Town & Country Antiques.

Kelly Motors
Perry, NY
This Ford sign is installed at Kelly Motors. These oval-shaped signs were mass-produced. There are still several of them at their original locations around the country. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

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