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New York Signs (page 3)

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Henderson's
Drugs [gone]
Penn Yan, NY
Kelly Motors
Perry, NY
Brown Derby
Poughkeepsie, 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 this website.

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. [map]

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. [map]

Port Jervis:
Erie Hotel [map]
Krauss Photo Shop [map]

More Poughkeepsie:
Town Shop [map]
Sharkey's Appliances: 1, 2 [map]

Princetown:
Chuck Wagon Diner

Rochester Fire Equipment Co.
Rochester, NY
Rocky Point Discount Tires
Rocky Point, NY
Dew Drop Inn
Saranac Lake, NY
The Rochester Fire Equipment Co. sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. For more, see this website. [map]

The Rocky Point Discount Tires sign has it all: channel letters with neon, incandescent bulbs, multiple fonts, the classic arrow, and wonderfully crude tire artwork. This photo is from 2007. By 2013, the name of the business had been changed to Mavis Discount Tire. However, this sign remained intact. [map]

The Dew Drop Inn is long gone but this sign remains. [map]

More Rochester:
James Crowley Plumbing & Heating

Rockville Centre:
Palace of Wong [map]

Sara Glen Motel
Saratoga Springs, NY
former Hi Roc Lanes
Saratoga Springs, NY
Turf & Spa Motel
Saratoga Springs, NY
Community Court Motel
Saratoga Springs, NY
Saratoga Diner
Saratoga Springs, NY
The Sara Glen Motel is located between Saratoga Springs and Glens Falls, NY. This motel originally had cabins when it was built in the 1930s. In the 1950s, this sign had three blinking arrows on the left. The "TV" text was added in the late 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

The Hi Roc Lanes opened in the 1950s. In 2008, the name was changed to Saratoga Strike Zone. When this photo was taken in 2010, the sign was still the same. By 2014, the top "Hi Roc" panel had been removed. [map]

The Turf & Spa Motel and the Community Court Motel signs appear to be from the 1950s. [Turf map]; [Community map]

The Saratoga Diner was previously known as the Spa City Diner. This sign is probably from the 1950s. In 2012, the restaurant closed. In 2016, the building was still vacant and the sign was still there. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3 and 4. [map]

Stephen Vozdik
Realtor [gone]
Saugerties, NY
General Electric
Schenectady, NY
This photo of the Stephen Vozdik Realtor sign was taken in 2010. It was still there in 2012 but gone by 2015.

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 was a very similar GE sign in Fort Wayne, IN. For more, see this website. [map]

Kem Cleaners
Erie Blvd. [gone]
Schenectady, NY
Kem Cleaners
Union St. [gone]
Schenectady, NY
Kem Cleaners [gone]
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. However, by 2015, the sign had been adapted for the Scotia Diner. I don't believe there are any other Kem Cleaners with vintage signs like these. [Scotia map]

Masonic Lodge
[gone]
Springville, NY
Loop Grill
Syracuse, NY
Sweetheart Market
North Syracuse, NY
This Masonic Lodge sign is probably from the 1950s. This photo is from 2010. The sign was removed in 2011.

The Loop Grill sign might be from the 1930s. [map]

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. [map]

More Syracuse:
Weather Star [map]

Hill's Stationery Shop
Troy, NY
J&J Auto
Troy, NY
Allied Building
Products [gone]
Utica, NY
I believe Hill's Stationery Shop had been here since 1920. This sign is probably from the 1950s. The store closed in 2016. I don't know what will happen with this sign. [map]

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

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.

Tupper Lake:
Faust Motel [map]
Northwood Cabins [map]

More Utica:
Garro's Drugs [map]
Grimaldi's Restaurant [map]
Morehouse Furniture [map]

Coral Isle
Swim Pools
Vestal, NY
Star Cleaners
Vestal, NY
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). [map]

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. [map]

More Vestal:
Vestal Motel [map]

Walton:
Webb's Clothing

Wise Potato Chips
Watertown, NY
Lighthouse
Motel [gone]
Watertown, NY
Mr. Chicken
Watkins Glen, NY
Algonquin Motel
Wells, NY
This Wise Potato Chips sign is located at a distributor. I have not seen one like this before. It appears that this is an old sign that has been recently repainted. The owl was probably originally yellow and blue. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Lighthouse Motel appeared to be vacant when this photo was taken in 2009. The sign was probably from the 1950s. By 2013, the sign was gone.

The Mr. Chicken sign appears to be from the 1950s. The chicken portion of the sign flashed on and off at night. The restaurant is closing in 2016. The owners plan to sell the sign. [map]

The Algonquin Motel sign is now covered with plexiglass to protect it. It is probably from the 1950s. [map]

Waverly:
Clark's Pharmacy [gone]

Williston Park:
Hildebrandt's Restaurant [map]

Yonkers:
Nathan's [gone]
YMCA

Club Monarch
Yorkville, NY
I believe Club Monarch is still used for special events like wedding receptions. [map]

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