South Carolina Signs (page 1)

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Yogi Bear's
Honey Fried Chicken
Hartsville, SC
Sundae House
Florence, SC
Fried Chicken
Florence, SC
Thunderbird Motor Inn
Florence, SC
This Yogi Bear's Honey Fried Chicken is the only survivor in the chain. These restaurants, owned/franchised by Hardee's, were built in the Southeast in the 1960s and 1970s. There was another sign here, too, which is gone. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Sundae House opened in 1964. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

This Maryland Fried Chicken restaurant was part of a Southern chain. There are many other surviving examples including these in Georgia. [map]

The Thunderbird Motor Inn was built in 1967. This giant sign is right next to I-95. [map]

Biddie Banquet
Orangeburg, SC
Dickson Shoe Shop
Orangeburg, SC
Orangeburg, SC
The Biddie Banquet restaurant has been here since at least the 1960s. This neon chicken stands on top of their plastic sign. [map]

The Dickson Shoe Shop has a classic shoe repair sign. Despite the condition of this sign, this place is still open. [map]

This embossed Frigidaire sign is apparently abandoned. There have been a few unrelated businesses in the space below it. [map]

Vincent's Drugs
Hampton, SC
St. George, SC
Maurice's BBQ
West Columbia, SC
Ed Robinson Laundry
& Dry Cleaners
Columbia, SC
Giant Burger
Laurens, SC
The Vincent's Drugs sign has either been reworked or restored recently. [map]

The Weeks Department Store sign is probably from the 1950s. This is the only Star Brand Shoes sign that I know of still on display. [map]

Maurice's BBQ was founded in 1939. The company now has 17 locations around Columbia. This location with its 100 foot tall sign is from 1953. For more, see this website. [map]

Ed Robinson Cleaners was founded in 1919. This sign appears to be from the 1960s. [map]

Whiteford's Giant Burger opened in 1957. I don't know if Big Irvin was based on a real guy. This sign looks very similar to the Burger Castle signs in Florida. It's possible that this restaurant was a franchise of that company and this sign was adapted over the years. [map]

Big Mac's Tire Store
Greenwood, SC
Dixie Drive-in
Greenwood, SC
GE Appliances
Walhalla, SC
Neely Drugs
York, SC
There were originally two of these signs at Big Mac's Tire Store on opposite ends of the building. The store has been here since at least the 1970s. For more, see this website. [map]

Dixie Drive-in opened in 1959. For more, see this website. [map]

This GE Appliances sign used to advertise for the Nu-Deal Furniture Co. It is tucked away behind the main street in a parking lot. [map]

Neely Drugs opened around 1952 and closed in 2000. This photo is from 2010. This sign was still there in 2012. These Walgreen Agency signs are very rare now. There's another one in Columbia, MS. [map]

Boulevard Lanes
Anderson, SC
The Boulevard Lanes has been here since at least the 1980s. I don't know if the sign still works or if it is/was animated. Does anyone know more about this place? [map]

Simple Simon Shoppes
Spartanburg, SC
Papa Joe's Fireworks
Hardeeville, SC
Grand Motel
Columbia, SC
The Simple Simon Shoppes sign advertises for "Judy's Simple Simon" coffee shop. Judy's also has a Sputnik type sign on the roof. The restaurant was originally located up the block. When they relocated here sometime after 1968, they brought the sign with them. I don't know if "Shoppes" refers to the fact that they had three other locations in Spartanburg. Otherwise, the sign might have advertised for a small shopping center of which the restaurant was part of. Can anyone clarify this? [map]

Papa Joe's Fireworks sign is topped with a star that was sold as the C-152 Lectra. These were produced in the 1960s. For more, see this website. [map]

The Grand Motel sign appears to be from the 1950s. The neon still works. The animated star on top was not part of its original design. [map]

Coburg Milk
Charleston, SC
former Tellis Pharmacy
Charleston, SC
Berlins for Men and Women
Charleston, SC
The Coburg Milk sign has been a local icon since the 1960s. The cow is painted and dressed up for holidays. I'm told that the platform with the cow and carton of milk still revolve but it wasn't spinning when I was here in 2007. For more, see 1 and 2. [map]

The Tellis Pharmacy opened in 1952. This sign was built in 1953. The store closed in 2012. In 2014, the sign remained and there was an antiques store in the space below. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Berlins for Men and Women clothing store has been here since 1883. For more, see this website. [map]

mini golf [gone]
North Myrtle Beach, SC
Gay Dolphin Gift Cove
Myrtle Beach, SC
Dynamite Fireworks
Myrtle Beach, SC
Mr. Fireworks [gone]
Myrtle Beach, SC
This old sign stood for many years at an abandoned mini golf course. This photo is from 2007. The sign was gone by 2013.

The Gay Dolphin Gift Cove opened in the 1960s and this sign is from then. [map]

There used to be several of these Dynamite Fireworks signs in Myrtle Beach. I believe this is the only one left. At least two of them have been changed into plastic panel signs. There is also a location with a neon firecracker sign. For more, see this website. [map]

This Mr. Fireworks pinwheel sign is gone now. This photo was taken in 2004. The company now has neon firecracker signs at both of its locations. [map]

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