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Pennsylvania Signs (page 1)

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Red Barn Bar & Grill
Allentown, PA
Charcoal Drive-in
Allentown, PA
Fred's Divot
Ambridge, PA
Mays Drive-in
Ashland, PA
The Red Barn Bar & Grill features a porcelain enamel bull, protected now behind plastic. [map]

The Charcoal Drive-in opened here in 1953. Although there was still a canopy, there hadn't been carhops since the early 1960s. Carl R. Bieber Tourways opened a bus terminal here in 1971 and shared the building with the Charcoal. Bieber later bought the property which included the restaurant. The Charcoal Drive-in closed in 2007. In 2014, it was announced that the building would be demolished. It's not known what will happen with the sign. [map]

Fred's Divot opened in 1962. This sign might be from then. It has been there since at least the 1980s. It is lit at night. For more, see this website. [map]

Mays Drive-in features this cute ice cream sign. [map]

More Allentown:
Dave's Vacuum Cleaner Service [map]

Squirt [gone]
Barnesboro, PA
Bullfrog Inn [gone]
Bart, PA
Ed's Steak House [gone]
Bedford, PA
This Squirt sign hung above Bonatesta's Tavern when this photo was taken in 2007. By 2009, the sign was gone. I don't know of any other signs like this still on display.

The Bullfrog Inn sign might have been from the 1950s or 1960s. This photo is from 2006. The sign was still there in 2008. However, by 2016, the sign had been replaced with a backlit plastic box.

Ed's Steak House opened in 1954 and features this huge rooftop sign. There was originally a neon martini glass on the left of this sign. It disappeared sometime between 2006 and 2009. The rooftop sign was removed in 2012 and scrapped. For more, see this website.

Giles & Ransome
Bensalem, PA
Giles & Ransome sells and services construction equipment. This sign was made in the late 1940s for the company's headquarters in North Philadelphia. In 1960, it was moved to Bear, DE but was vandalized and removed. It was restored in 1999 by Len Davidson and is now at the company's suburban Philadelphia facility, visible from the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The double-sided sign is 9 feet by 13 feet and is made of porcelain enamel. There are 90 neon tubes and 16 transformers. The complex animation features a driver shifting gears. The Caterpillar tractor's treads also move. For more, see this website. [map]

Bensalem Aquarium [gone]
Bensalem, PA
Len Davidson also designed this neon mural in 1995 for the Bensalem Aquarium pet shop. I believe there was originally a second mural here as well. This photo is from 2007. By 2010, the sign was gone. For more, see this website.

Fritch Fuel Company
Bethlehem, PA
Herbert's Typewriters
Bethlehem, PA
DeSoto Holiday House
Bradford, PA
The Fritch Fuel Company sign is mounted on a rooftop next to the Hill-to-Hill Bridge. Fritch's first sign was installed there in 1929. It was redesigned to its current look in 1954. The sign is lit at night and the clock and temperature indicator still work. [map]

Herbert's Typewriters is still in business. The neon sign might be from the 1950s while the plastic sign was probably from the 1960s or 1970s. [map]

The DeSoto Holiday House supposedly opened in 1966 although the sign and buildings look older than that. For more, see this website. [map]

Zippo Manufacturing Co.
Bradford, PA
The Zippo Manufacturing Co. has been producing lighters since the 1930s. The company's downtown building features a neon rooftop sign which is animated at night. The giant lighter over the entrance is engraved with "GGB" as a tribute to George G. Blaisdell, the inventor of the Zippo lighter. The parking lot next door features several Zippo-topped streetlights. The nearby Zippo Lighter Visitors Center features more Zippo "street-lighters" and a giant lighter over the entrance. It serves as a museum and has a gift shop for collectors. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. [map]

Franklin
Equipment Rental
Chambersburg, PA
Blue Flame Restaurant
Clairton, PA
Pennsylvania Dutch
Motel [gone]
Denver, PA
Shankel's Pharmacy
DuBois, PA
Franklin Equipment Rental features this larger than life painted sign near the store's entrance. [map]

The Blue Flame Restaurant signs are probably from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

The Pennsylvania Dutch Motel was probably from the 1940s or so. This photo was from 2006. By 2009, the motel had become a Knights Inn and the sign was gone. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

The Shankel's Pharmacy sign appears to be from the 1940s or 1950s. [map]

Connellsville:
Aaron's Furniture [map]

Danville:
Henry Voelcker Distributor

Gallagher's Pharmacy
Duquesne, PA
Do-All Industrial Supply [gone]
East McKeesport, PA
Gallagher's Pharmacy opened in 1922. The store closed in 2009. The building was still vacant and the facade sign was still there in 2012. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

These Do-All Industrial Supply building and signs were from 1965. These photos are from 2003. By 2010, these signs were gone and the company had left this building. There is a Do-All location in Tulsa, OK that still has a sign like this on the building.

Pontiac [gone]
Ellwood City, PA
Knoebels Amusement Park
Elysburg, PA
This Pontiac sign was located at McElwain Motors. There were many other automobile signs here in recent years. However, by 2012, this was the only one left. By 2013, this sign was gone, too. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4.

Knoebels Amusement Park features many fun old signs including these two. For more, see this website.

222 Dutch Lanes
Ephrata, PA
The 222 Dutch Lanes building signs are probably from the 1950s. The plastic sign is one of two that flank the entrance. They were probably added or updated in the 1960s or later. [map]

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