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Tennessee Signs (page 3)

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Southern Finance & Thrift Corp.
Kingsport, TN
Kingsport Office Supply
Kingsport, TN
Hog Wild Saloon
Kingsport, TN
Parkway Plaza
Shopping Center
Kingsport, TN
Lynn Garden
Restaurant
Kingsport, TN
The Southern Finance & Thrift Corp. sign has a cleaned-up look about it. In the early 1990s, neon was installed over the word Southern. I suspect this sign was used for another loan company originally and has been repainted and adapted. [map]

Kingsport Office Supply changed its name to Kingsport Imaging Systems but the sign remains. They now sell and service office equipment. [map]

The Hog Wild Saloon occupies a former Howard Johnson's restaurant. It later became the Aladdin's Restaurant, hence the lamp. The Howard Johnson's motel rooms and gatehouse still remain next door to the former restaurant. [map]

The Parkway Plaza Shopping Center sign is probably from the 1960s. In 2015, there were plans for a major redevelopment of the shopping center. I don't know if this sign is in danger of being replaced. [map]

The Lynn Garden Restaurant opened in 1949. The sign probably had more neon at one time. I believe the restaurant is still open. [map]

Baggett Pharmacy
Kingston, TN
Sunset Motel [gone]
Knoxville, TN
Sara Lee Bread
Knoxville, TN
The Baggett Pharmacy sign appears to be pre-1950s. I believe the neon is still lit but the clock does not work. For more, see this website. [map]

This photo of the Sunset Motel sign is from 2007. By 2011, this sign was replaced with a plastic box sign.

This Sara Lee Bread sign is on the roof of the former Kern's Bakery plant. The sign was originally painted with the Kern's label. It was lit at night with neon sequencing around the bread slices. The bakery was operating as Bimbo Bakeries when it closed in 2012. In 2015, there were plans to redevelop the building. The sign was still there in 2016. [map]

MAC Auto Loans
Knoxville, TN
Lonnie's Auto Trim Shop
Knoxville, TN
Original Freezo
Knoxville, TN
11-70 Motor Court
Knoxville, TN
MAC Auto Loans, aka Manufacturers Acceptance Corp, opened in 1929. The sign and cool, recessed-front building are from much later. [map]

Lonnie's Auto Trim Shop has been selling seat covers and convertible tops since 1947. The sign might be from then. It obviously had neon originally. This photo is from 2005. By 2011, the panels had been replaced. The text is now a different font style. [map]

Original Freezo has been around since the 1950s. This sign was repainted around 2001. The sign previously read "A Taste Thrill". In this 2005 photo, it now reads "The Original Freezo". The sign has been repainted again. There were once other Freezo locations in Knoxville. This seems to be the only one left. [map]

The 11-70 Motor Court sign is shaped like a highway shield sign. The name is a reference to the motel's location on the merged State Highways of 11 and 70. The rooms are used as private residences now. [map]

JFG Coffee
Knoxville, TN
The JFG Coffee Company was founded in 1882 as a wholesale grocery company selling coffee. JFG is the founder's initials (James Franklin Goodson). The company roasted coffee in downtown Knoxville from 1926 until 2005 when it moved to a different location. In 2009, this building with the 1930s rooftop sign (two photos at left) was converted into apartments known as the JFG Lofts. [map]

The JFG billboard (third photo) was built in the 1950s. It was located just south of the Gay St. Bridge when this photo was taken in 2007. In 2010, the sign was removed for restoration. The incandescent bulbs were replaced with LED bulbs. In 2012, the sign was installed near the original location. For more, see this website. [map]

More Knoxville:
C&S Cleaners [map]
L&N [map]
former Regas Restaurant: 1, 2

Dix's Plaza
Motor Lodge
Lebanon, TN
Cross Dry Cleaners
Lexington, TN
Fraley's
Furniture [gone]
McMinnville, TN
Dinty Moore's
McMinnville, TN
Dix's Plaza Motor Lodge features a shish kebab style sign. [map]

Cross Dry Cleaners has been here since at least 1952. [map]

Fraley's Furniture was still open when this photo was taken in 2003. By 2013, the store had closed and the signs were gone.

I don't know when Dinty Moore's restaurant opened or closed. The building housed The Regal Begal after that. That restaurant was gone by 2008. As of 2013, the building is still vacant but the sign remains. [map]

Manchester:
KK's Pawn Shop [map]
Oak Liquors [map]

Pappy's Drive-in
Milan, TN
I-24 Flea Market
Monteagle, TN
Gurkin's #4
Moscow, TN
This photo of the Pappy's Drive-in sign is from 2010. Later that year, the bottom of the sign was crunched as if it was hit by a truck. In 2011, Pappy's closed and the building was demolished. This sign was still there in 2016. For more, see this website. [map]

The I-24 Flea Market features this hillbilly caricature. I don't know if this sign was part of a previous business at this location or erected by the Flea Market. This photo is from 2007. The sign was still there as of 2015. [map]

This neon ice cream cone is installed on a pole next to the Gurkin's #4 food stand. [map]

Murfreesboro
Strike & Spare
Murfreesboro, TN
Murfreesboro Motel
Murfreesboro, TN
Chambers
Guitars [gone]
Murfreesboro, TN
The Murfreesboro Strike & Spare is part of a chain with about a dozen other locations in TN, KY and OH. The metal frame around this sign seems older than the plastic panels. This might have been a neon sign originally. [map]

The Murfreesboro Motel sign features a Tennessee Walking Horse. This motel might have had a different name originally and added this plastic box. [map]

Chambers Guitars features a literal sign accented with LED tubing. This photo is from 2010. By 2015, the store had closed and the sign was gone.