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Memphis Signs

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Welcome Sign
Memphis, TN
Futris Bros.
Cleaners [gone]
Memphis, TN
Schwab's Dry Goods Store
Memphis, TN
Dyer's Burgers
Memphis, TN
AIP Automotive
Import Parts
Memphis, TN
This Welcome Sign is on Route 51 coming into Memphis from Mississippi. I believe the record-shaped sign was built by a movie company. Memphis claims to be the "Home of the Blues" and the "Birthplace of Rock-and-Roll". For more, see this website. [map]

The Futris Bros. Cleaners sign appears to be from the 1930s or 1940s. This photo is from 2010. By 2013, the sign was gone.

Schwab's Dry Goods Store opened in 1876 making it the longest operating business on Beale St. Inside the three-story emporium is an eclectic mix of clothes, voodoo candles, toys, Elvis collectibles, flashlights, and frying pans. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. [map]

Dyer's Burgers is famous for its burgers which are deep-fried in a skillet of bacon grease. The original location opened at a shack in 1912. This location is much more recent (1980s?). For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The AIP Automotive Import Parts spark plug sign looks like it might be an adapted old sign. Does anyone know how long it has been here or more about it? [map]

Arcade Restaurant
Memphis, TN
The Arcade Restaurant has been in continuous operation since 1919. The signs are from the 1940s and 1950s. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Down Home Ice Works
& Food Factory [gone]
Memphis, TN
Advance
Rubber Stamp Works
& Accurate Graphics
Memphis, TN
King's Palace Cafe
Memphis, TN
I don't believe the Down Home Ice Works & Food Factory sign was all that old. This photo is from 2007. By 2011, the business and sign were gone.

The Advance Rubber Stamp Works opened here in 1947. This sign may be from then. The company is gone but this sign remains. For more, see this website. [map]

The King's Palace Cafe is still in business and the sign is lit at night. For more, see this website. [map]

Kellogg's
Memphis, TN
Wonder Bread
Memphis, TN
This Kellogg's plant double-sided sign is lit at night. Does anyone know how long it has been here? [map]

This Wonder Bread factory continues to produce Wonder Bread and Hostess brand products here. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

A.S. Martin & Sons [gone]
Memphis, TN
Walker
Radiator Works
Memphis, TN
Flowers
by Sandy [gone]
Memphis, TN
The A.S. Martin & Sons body shop had been here since 1898. This photo is from 2010. By 2014, the sign was gone.

Walker Radiator Works was established here in 1932. This neon sign was built in 1952. It is 11 feet tall and features an animated neon drip. It has always been a painted sign rather than porcelain enamel. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Flowers by Sandy was founded in 1949 but this sign appeared to be modern. When this photo was taken in 2007, the store was closed and vacant. By 2011, the sign was gone.

Memphis Hardwood
Flooring Company
[gone]
Memphis, TN
Log Cabin Restaurant
Memphis, TN
Frayser Western
Store [gone]
Memphis, TN
The Memphis Hardwood Flooring Company was established in 1905. This photo is from 2007. By 2010, the sign was gone. It is now in a private collection.

The Log Cabin Restaurant is still open for business. [map]

Frayser Western Store featured this simple boot sign. This photo is from 2007. The business and sign were gone by 2011.

Central
Avenue Liquor
Memphis, TN
Brown Jug Liquors
Memphis, TN
Rex Liquors
Memphis, TN
Central Avenue Liquor featured this revolving sign. It was probably built in the 1950s or 1960s. This photo is from 2007. By 2011, the "7" on top of the sign had been removed and the rest of the sign was painted white. The liquor store building had been demolished and the rooftop sign was gone. In 2012, the sign was adapted for Central Exchange. For more, see this website. [map]

Brown Jug Liquors features a beautiful fully-functioning old neon sign. For more, see this website. [map]

The Rex Liquors sign might be from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

Bryant's Liquor
Memphis, TN
C&S Liquors
Memphis, TN
Jack's Package Store
Memphis, TN
The bottle on top of the Bryant's Liquor store sign probably revolved originally. [map]

C&S Liquors features a backlit plastic sign with a bottle pouring into a glass of ice cubes. This photo is from 2007. By 2015, a plastic board reading "Discount Tobacco & Beauty" had been tacked over the C&S panel. [map]

The neon arrow on Jack's Package Store probably flashed. The same style bottle appears at the B&B Discount Liquor sign in Memphis. [map]

Bon Ton Cafe
Memphis, TN
Dancing
Girl [gone]
Memphis, TN
Fox Plaza Tire & Auto Services
Memphis, TN
The Bon Ton Cafe sign is probably from the 1950s. It closed in 2008. I believe it has been open for private events since 2011. For more, see this website. [map]

This Dancing Girl sign was built around 1985. The sign shop made about six of these signs for a dance club and for several billboards. This sign was installed on the side of the Spectrum nightclub when this photo was taken in 2011. By 2015, this sign was gone. There were three other signs like it in the basement. There is also another sign that wound up at a strip club in McClure, IL.

The Fox Plaza Tire & Auto Services sign appears to be modern. [map]

Madison Tobacco
Memphis, TN
Happy Day Laundry
Memphis, TN
The Madison Tobacco sign features a fun shape. Does anyone know how old it is? [map]

Happy Day Laundry & Cleaners opened in 1946 and now have four locations in Memphis. For more, see this website. [map]

Leonard's Pit Barbecue
Memphis, TN
Park Cosmorama
Memphis, TN
Leonard's Pit Barbecue was established in 1922, making it the oldest barbecue restaurant in Memphis. In 1932, they moved to a different Memphis location. By the 1940s and 1950s, Leonard's was the world's largest barbecue drive-in restaurant. In 1987, Leonard's moved to their current location and brought along their neon sign. It was restored in 1991. The animated sign features a strutting pig that twirls a cane. There is another sign like this one inside the restaurant. For more, see this website. [map]

The Park Cosmorama sign was built in 2001 when this strip mall was upgraded to a retro look. For more, see this website. [map]

B.B. King's
Blues Club
Memphis, TN
Memphis Music
Memphis, TN
Black Diamond
Memphis, TN
Superior Bar
Memphis, TN
All five of these Beale St. signs are recent constructions but nice neon examples nevertheless.

The B.B. King's Blues Club opened here in 1991. They now have other locations in Nashville, Los Angeles and Orlando. [map]

Memphis Music sells CDs, cassettes and videos, as well as souvenirs. For more, see this website. [map]

The Black Diamond features pizza, BBQ and live blues performers. [map]

This photo of the Superior Bar sign is from 2007. The bar's neon sign included the Western Exterminator character but I guess they were urged to remove that. By 2013, this sign had been adapted for Flynn's Restaurant. By 2016, the sign had been reworked or replaced with a sign for King Jerry Lawler's Bar and Grille. For more, see this website. [map]

More Memphis Signs:
Jack Pirtle's Kentucky Fried Chicken [gone]
Memphis Business Journal [gone]
Pappy and Jimmys Restaurant [gone]
Peabody Hotel [map]
Pete and Sam's [map]
Peter Pan Pantry [gone]
Roman Palace [map]

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