email: roadarch@outlook.com

Memphis Signs (page 2)

(hit "refresh" to get the most recent version of this page; click on photos for larger images)

Lorraine Motel
Memphis, TN
The Lorraine Motel was built as the Windsor Hotel in the mid-1920s. In 1942, it became the Lorraine Hotel. By the 1960s, an additional building was constructed and it was renamed the the Lorraine Motel. The older signs remained. In 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated at the motel. The motel closed in 1982 but it was saved for its historic significance. The building was converted into the National Civil Rights Museum which opened in 1991. The signs were restored at that point. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

King's Palace Cafe
Memphis, TN
2010: 2019:
This King's Palace Cafe sign appears to be from the 1940s or 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

Beale Street Gift Shop
Memphis, TN
Dyer's Burgers
Memphis, TN
B.B. King's
Blues Club
Memphis, TN
The signs in this row and the next two rows are all modern.

The Beale Street Gift Shop sign has been there since at least 2008. For more, see this website. [map]

Dyer's Burgers opened at a shack in 1912. This location is much more recent. For more, see this website. [map]

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

Memphis Music
Memphis, TN
Black Diamond
Memphis, TN
Alfred's on Beale
Memphis, TN
Memphis Music sells CDs, cassettes and videos, as well as souvenirs. The store has been there since at least 2008. For more, see this website. [map]

The Black Diamond bar features pizza, BBQ and live blues performers. The store has been there since at least 2008. For more, see this website. [map]

The Alfred's on Beale club opened in 1986. For more, see this website. [map]

Superior Bar
(now King Jerry Lawler's Hall of Fame Bar & Grille)
Memphis, TN
2007: 2019:
Before this 2007 photo, the Superior Bar 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 for King Jerry Lawler's Hall of Fame Bar & Grille. For more, see this website. [map]

A.S. Martin & Sons [gone]
Memphis, TN
Happy Day Laundry [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.

Happy Day Laundry & Cleaners opened in 1946 and had four locations in Memphis. This was probably a replica sign of the one that hung inside. These photos are from 2007. The sign was still there in 2015. There was a fire in 2016 which damaged the building and the store closed. The sign was not damaged but gone by 2017.

Memphis Hardwood
Flooring Company
[gone]
Memphis, TN
Log Cabin Restaurant [gone]
Memphis, TN
Frayser Western
Store [gone]
Memphis, TN
Flowers
by Sandy [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 sign was covered up around 2018 with panels advertisng a barbeque restaurant.

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

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.

Dancing
Girl [gone]
Memphis, TN
Futris Bros.
Cleaners [gone]
Memphis, TN
AIP Automotive
Import Parts [gone]
Memphis, TN
Down Home Ice Works
& Food Factory [gone]
Memphis, TN
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 Futris Bros. Cleaners sign appears to be from the 1930s or 1940s. This photo is from 2010. By 2013, the sign was gone.

The AIP Automotive Import Parts spark plug sign looked like it might have been an adapted old sign. It was still there in 2017 but gone by 2018.

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.

More Memphis Signs:
Atomic Pest Control
B&B Discount Liquor
Bon Ton Cafe
Budget Liquor Store
C&S Liquors
Dan West Garden Center
Gibson's Donuts
Heartbreak Hotel Restaurant [gone]
Jack Pirtle's Kentucky Fried Chicken [gone]
Joe's Liquor Store
Kellogg's
Memphis Business Journal [gone]
Morgan Air Conditioning & Heating [gone]
Pappy and Jimmys Restaurant [gone]
Pete & Sam's Restaurant
Peter Pan Pantry [gone]
Pop Tunes Records [gone]
Poplar Tunes [gone]
Rex Liquors
Skateland
Universal Life Insurance Co. Building
Wonder Bread

Memphis
(page 1)
TN (page 1) TN (page 2) TN (page 3) TN (page 4) Nashville

Main Signs Page