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.

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

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

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

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.

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

This embossed Frigidaire sign is apparently abandoned. There is a Habitat for Humanity office below it now.

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

Weeks Shoes has a classic storefront as well.

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 their website.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Neely Drugs opened around 1952 and closed in 2000. However, as of 2010, this sign remains. These Walgreen Agency signs are very rare now. There's another one in Columbia, MS.

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?

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?

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.

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.

Coburg Milk
Charleston, SC
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.

The Tellis Pharmacy opened in 1952. This sign is from 1953. The store closed in 2012 but the sign remains for now. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Berlins for Men and Women clothing store has been here since 1883. Their sign is also still lit at night. For more, see this website.

mini golf
North Myrtle Beach, SC
Gay Dolphin Gift Cove
Myrtle Beach, SC
Dynamite Fireworks
North Myrtle Beach, SC
Mr. Fireworks
North Myrtle Beach, SC
This old sign still stands for now at an abandoned mini golf course.

The Gay Dolphin Gift Cove opened in the 1960s on Ocean Blvd., just north of the Pavilion, in the heart of Myrtle Beach. The Gay Dolphin features nine floors of souvenirs and arcade games. Its large, rooftop sign with wooden dolphins is just across the street. It was erected in the 1970s and has had the City’s shorts in a knot ever since. Zoning law changes in 1979 mandate that the sign cannot be replaced even if removed for repairs.

The sign's facing (but not the underlying structure) was removed in 1989 as Hurricane Hugo prepared to land. The sign went back up in 1994 and the City served papers to have it removed. Nevertheless, the sign survives – a kind of historical souvenir of what Myrtle Beach used to be like before the invasion of the beachwear chains, Planet Hollywood, Hard Rock Café, etc. (Note the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not theatre sign/façade just behind the Gay Dolphin sign.)

Along the North Myrtle Beach strip of Kings Highway, among the beachwear shops, restaurants, and miniature golf courses, are more than several fireworks shops. Dynamite Fireworks has five locations in North Myrtle Beach – each one with these nice working neon signs. Mr. Fireworks seems to have just one location. For more, see this website.

More Myrtle Beach Signs:
Myrtle Beach Motels

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