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Portland Signs (page 1)

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Holiday
Motel [gone]
Portland, OR
Powell Villa
Shopping Center
Portland, OR
Wishing Well Restaurant
Portland, OR
Rumpus Room
Portland, OR
The Holiday Motel sign was probably built in the 1960s. By 2014, it had been replaced with a plastic box sign. For more, see this website.

The Powell Villa Shopping Center sign was probably built in the late 1950s or early 1960s. The bulb in the star probably flashed at night. For more, see this website. [map]

The Wishing Well Restaurant is better known as a dive bar. This sign is probably from the 1950s. [map]

The Rumpus Room has supposedly only been around since 1972. However, this sign appears to be from the 1950s or 1960s. For more, see this website. [map]

Miller Paint
Portland, OR
Miller Paint was established in Portland in 1890. The first store opened in 1905. The current location was built in 1926. This neon sign is probably from the 1950s or earlier. I don't know the age of the billboard sign in the nearby parking lot. [map]

White Satin Sugar
Portland, OR
2008: 2015:
The White Satin Sugar sign was built in 1941. The lettering on the sign originally read "White Satin". In 1957, the lettering was changed to read "White Stag". The leaping deer and the word "sportswear" was also added at that time. In 1989, the White Stag company moved to California. In 1996, the sign's lettering was changed again to read "Made in Oregon". In 2010, the lettering was changed yet again to read "Portland Oregon". The sign is lit with neon and scintillating bulbs. It is 48 feet tall and 46 feet wide. The stag's nose has been lit red, like Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer, for the Christmas holiday season since 1957. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Whole 9 Yards
Portland, OR
Tip Top Cleaners
Portland, OR
Original Hotcake House
Portland, OR
The Whole 9 Yards was established in 1991. The company moved into this building in 2006 and repurposed the Columbia Neon sign. The building appears to be from the 1940s. This sign appears to be from the 1950s. [map]

Tip Top Cleaners has been here since at least the mid-1950s. This sign is probably from then. For more, see this website. [map]

The Original Hotcake House has been here since at least the 1960s. This sign appears to be from then. [map]

Palms Motor Hotel
Portland, OR

2008:

2015:
The Palms Motor Hotel opened in 1949. This sign was built around 1952. This sign is about 50 feet tall and 15 feet wide. It was repainted and the neon was repaired in 2012. [map]

The Alibi
Portland, OR
The Alibi opened in 1947 as a tiki bar. The restaurant was added in the 1950s. These signs appear to be from the late 1950s and/or early 1960s. The interior still features extensive Polynesian decor. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

McCoy Plumbing
Portland, OR
Hatch Lumber
Portland, OR
Viking Motel
Portland, OR
Nite Hawk
Cafe & Lounge
Portland, OR
McCoy Plumbing is closed but this sign remains. [map]

Hatch Lumber is long gone but this sign remains. It is probably from the 1950s. [map]

The Viking Motel was built in 1959. This sign appears to be from then. It was painted blue in 2006. This photo is from 2008. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Nite Hawk Cafe & Lounge opened in 1931 as an oil change shop that served coffee and pie. Over the years, it developed into a bar and restaurant. For more, see this website. [map]

Billy Ray's Neighborhood Dive
Portland, OR
Salvation Army Harbor Light
Portland, OR
Salvation Army
Portland, OR
Billy Ray's Neighborhood Dive is probably just the latest in a string of occupants to occupy the space beneath this "Tavern" sign. Does anyone know the history of this place? [map]

The Salvation Army Harbor Light sign appears to be modern. [map]

This Salvation Army sign also appears to be modern. For more, see this website. [map]

Westerner Motel
Portland, OR
Tulip Pastry Shop
Portland, OR
The Westerner Motel sign is probably from the 1950s. [map]

The Tulip Pastry Shop opened here in 1950. This sign appears to be from then. It was apparently built as a double-sided projecting sign with only one side visible now. The portrait of the chef is probably a recent repaint. [map]

Lakeview
Portland, OR
States Motel
Portland, OR
Mr. Plywood
Portland, OR
The Lakeview Florist sign is displayed inside the Monticello Antique Marketplace. It was probably built in the 1950s. I don't know if this sign was originally installed in Portland, Lakeview, OR, or elsewhere. [map]

The States Motel sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. For more, see this website. [map]

Mr. Plywood was supposedly established in 1986. I guess these signs are from then even though they look older than that. [map]

Ron Tonkin
Chevrolet
Portland, OR
Deluxe Service
Portland, OR
This Ron Tonkin Chevrolet sign was built in 1965. [map]

This Deluxe Service sign hangs in front of HD Loft Studios. I don't know where the sign was originally displayed. It appeared here sometime between 2011 and 2014. [map]

Chevy Store
Portland, OR
These neon signs hang inside the Chevy Store, a dealership selling vintage Chevrolets. [map]

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