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Pennsylvania Signs (page 2)

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El Patio Motel
Erie, PA
Strong
Mobile Homes
Erie, PA
Sunoco [gone]
Erie, PA
Carolyn
Courts Motel
Everett, PA
Rite Spot Motel
Fayetteville, PA
The El Patio Motel was built in the 1950s. This sign appears to be from then. It must have had neon letters originally which were removed and replaced with these channel bulb letters. The motel was demolished in 2016. I don't know if the sign is still there. If so, it probably won't be there for long. [map]

Strong Mobile Homes was established in the early 1940s. This sign is believed to be from the late 1950s. The sign was moved to this location around 1981. The vacuum form plastic panels on the top of the sign were replaced at that time. The original panels depicted an older model mobile home and had neon. The metal, strong man panels are original. James Blose, a local junior high school teacher, was the model for the strong man. The business is planning to repaint him in 2017. [map]

This Sunoco sign appeared to be an oldie. This photo is from 2010. By 2012, the sign was replaced with a smaller, more modern version.

The Carolyn Courts Motel was built in the 1940s. [map]

The Rite Spot Motel was built in 1960 and this sign is probably from then. [map]

More Erie:
Koehler's [in storage]

Lincoln Motel
Feasterville-Trevose, PA
C Harry-B-4
-U-Buy [gone]
Glen Mills, PA
The Lincoln Motel is located on the Lincoln Highway. The sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

This photo of the C Harry-B-4-U-Buy sign was taken during the store's going out of business sale in 2009. This sign was gone by 2012.

Glenside Hardware [gone]
Glenside, PA
Glenside Hardware had been here since around 1934. The signs were probably from the 1950s. The store closed in 2014. In 2016, the signs were removed. It is not known if they were saved or destroyed.

Greencastle:
E.L.M. Department Store [map]

Cox & Son Motor Sales
Greensburg, PA
Frosty
Freeze [gone]
Hallam, PA
Moose Lodge
Hamburg, PA
The Cox & Son Motor Sales sign may be rusty but there is still a functioning used car lot beneath it. Sometime between these photos in 2007 and 2010, the neon was removed and the sign was repainted. The business is still there. [map]

The Frosty Freeze sign might have been adapted from a previous business at some point. This photo is from 2003. By 2008, the sign had been updated with plastic panels. The business closed a few years after that. In 2014, a new business was moving in.

This Moose Lodge canopy sign is probably from the 1930s or 1940s. [map]

Big Dippers Ice Cream
Hanover, PA
Utz Potato Chips
Hanover, PA
Big Dippers Ice Cream features a classic neon cone sign mounted on the roof as well as a very realistic flat wooden sign at the street. [map]

Utz Potato Chips originated in Hanover in 1921 when the company was known as Hanover Home Brand Potato Chips. Utz built this factory in 1949 and the sign was installed after that. The sign was turned off during the gas crisis in 1974 and restored in the 1990s. In 1982, production was moved to a larger facility just a couple blocks away. However, the company still uses this building. The neon Utz sign is animated and spells out the name in separate rows and with different patterns of red, white and blue. For more, see this website. There is another neon Utz sign in Philadelphia, PA. [map]

More Hanover:
Strickler's Hobby House [map]

Alva Hotel
& Restaurant
Harrisburg, PA
Dura-Fit Cover Co.
Harrisburg, PA
Tops Bar & Restaurant
Harrisburg, PA
Holsum Bread [gone]
Harrisburg, PA
The Alva Hotel & Restaurant, the Dura-Fit Cover Co., and the Tops Bar & Restaurant are all still in business. These signs appear to be from the 1950s. [Alva map]; [Dura-Fit map]; [Tops map]

The Holsum Bread sign was installed on the roof of the Holsum Bread factory. It was removed in 2014 and is now in a private collection. For more, see this website.

Subway Cafe
Harrisburg, PA
Pep Grill
Harrisburg, PA
(now in Hazel Park, MI)
M&Z Carpets
Harrisburg, PA
M&Z Carpets
Mechanicsburg, PA
The Subway Cafe opened in 1948. This sign may be from then. The restaurant was named after the tunnel under the the railroad tracks across the street. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Pep Grill also opened in 1948. This sign was probably from then. This photo is from 2012. The sign was still there in 2014 but removed by 2016. In 2017, it was restored and installed in front of joebar in Hazel Park, MI.

M&Z Carpets was founded in 1946. The Harrisburg location opened in the mid-1960s. The sign revolves. It reads "M&Z" on one side and "Carpet" on the other. [map]

The Mechanicsburg location opened in 1961. For more, see this website. [map]

More Harrisburg:
Tom Sawyer Dinre [gone]

Hatboro:
Gamburg's Furniture [map]

Byorek's
Knotty Pine
Restaurant [gone]
Hazleton, PA
Jefferson Hills Motel
Jefferson Hills, PA
Jenkintown Electric
Jenkintown, PA
Buca di Beppo [gone]
Jenkintown, PA
Oswald's Drug Store [gone]
Jenkintown, PA
Byorek's Knotty Pine Restaurant opened in 1937 as a curbside operation. This sign is probably from the 1950s. This photo is from 2003. The restaurant closed in 2010. The sign was restored in 2014 and is now located at the Greater Hazleton Historical Society Museum. For more, see this website.

The Jefferson Hills Motel and sign were probably built in the 1950s. This photo is from 2012. By 2016, the neon "MOTEL" letters had been replaced with backlit plastic letters. [map]

Jenkintown Electric has been there since 1919. This General Electric sign is huge for its location. It is probably from the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

Buca di Beppo (translation: "Joe's Basement") is part of a nationwide chain of Italian restaurants. Their first location opened in Minneapolis in 1993. The owners studied signs from the 1940s and 50s before settling on this design. This one was most likely modeled after Cantina Italiana sign in Boston, MA. Where regulations permit, their signs are animated. Buca puts its restaurants in existing buildings to blend in and be part of the neighborhood. This photo was taken in 2003 but, by 2009, the Jenkintown location and sign were gone. For more, see this website. For more sign Buca di Beppo signs, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.

I believe Oswald's Drug Store had been around since the 1930s. This photo was from 2003. By 2007, the building was vacant and signs were removed.

More Hazleton:
Blue Comet
Jimmy's Quick Lunch: 1, 2 [map]

Irwin:
Moose Lodge [map]

Turillo's Steak House
Jennerstown, PA
Avery's Flower Shop
Jermyn, PA
Turillo's Steak House was established in 1939 as an Italian restaurant. The name was changed in 1966 to Turillo's Steak House and this sign is probably from then. [map]

The Avery's Flower Shop sign appears to be from the 1950s or earlier. [map]

Zip's Lanes
Johnstown, PA
Zip's Lanes is one of the biggest duckpin bowling bowling centers in the country. However, this sign depicts the more common ten-pin style pins. [map]

Kutztown:
Moyer Plumbing [gone]

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