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Texas Signs (page 11)

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City Garage
Salado, TX
The City Garage is or was owned by Doc Ellis who uses/used the property for car shows and get-togethers. These signs and a pair of vintage pumps came from somewhere else. The City Garage sign came from Calvert, TX. There were a few other Mobilgas and Gulf signs on the building in 2016 which are gone now. Doc had a collection of vintage cars inside the building. With the disappearing sign collection, I suspect that the place might no longer be used for car shows. [map]

M.L. Leddy Boots
San Angelo, TX
M.L. Leddy Boots was founded in 1922 in Brady, TX. The company opened this store in San Angelo in 1936. All Leddy's boots are made in San Angelo, while the company's saddles are produced at the company's headquarters in Fort Worth. There is a similar sign at the Fort Worth location. For more, see this website. [map]

J.L. Mercer Boots
San Angelo, TX
2008: 2018:
J.L. Mercer Boots opened in San Angelo in 1923. This sign is from much later. It was repainted around 2012. For more, see this website. [map]

San Angelo Signs:
Kwik Chick [vintage; gone]

OST Liquors
San Marcos, TX
Harry's Boots
San Saba, TX
Aumont Hotel
Seguin, TX
OST Liquors has been closed for several years but this sign remains. "OST" refers to the Old Spanish Trail. This sign might have been built in the 1950s. However the cans look like they might be aluminum and the neon is in perfect shape. I suspect this is either a replica sign or recently restored. For more, see this website. [map]

Harry's Boots was established in 1939 as Leader Dry Goods. Harry took over the store in the early 1950s and it was renamed Harry's Department Store. In 1971, the store expanded to the corner and that part of the building became Harry's Boot Store. The entire store is now known as Harry's Boots. However, the business still functions as a department store selling Western clothing, furniture and other goods. This giant sign is probably from the 1950s. I assume that it had neon originally. [map]

The Aumont Hotel opened in 1916. This sign is probably from the 1920s. The rooms are now used as apartments. The other side of the bottom panel read "Aumont Hotel". This photo is from 2011. By 2013, the bottom panel was gone. [map]

Starcke Furniture Co.
Seguin, TX
The Starcke Furniture Co. was established in 1910. The company moved to this location in 1915. These signs appear to be from the 1940s or 1950s. The Budget House was located across the street. That location had closed between 2011 and 2013. That sign was gone by 2013. [map]

Seymour Signs:
City Light Water Department [map]

Westwood
Village
Sherman, TX
Beacon
Lodge Motel
Snyder, TX
Regal Ranch
Stafford, TX
Buena Vista Home for Boys
Stamford, TX
The Westwood Village shopping center sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

The Beacon Lodge Motel sign was built in the 1950s. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Regal Ranch has been around since at least the 1960s. The sign is spotlit and the bulb-studded wheels spin at night. It might have had neon originally. [map]

The Buena Vista Home for Boys was built in 1928. This sign is probably from the 1930s or 1940s. [map]

Don's Liquor
Stamford, TX
2017: 2018:
The Don's Liquor sign is probably from the 1940s or 1950s. The star on pole next to the sign was marketed as a C-152 Lectra. They were designed and manufactured by Jim Henry of Oklahoma Neon in Tulsa, OK in the 1960s. They were marketed and distributed by the Standard Neon Supply Company. They were built as flashing sign additions. There were only about 50 of these signs sold and there are about a dozen still on display. By 2018, the neon had been removed from the Don's sign and it was repainted. The star was repainted and bulbs restored. For more, see these signs in Missouri. [map]

Buick
Stanton, TX
Wolfe Nursery
Stephenville, TX
Imperial Sugar Co.
Sugar Land, TX
This vintage Buick sign is installed at the Wheeler Motor Company which sells Buick, GMC, and Chevrolet cars. The company was established in 1948 as a Buick dealership. [map]

The Wolfe Nursery was established in 1919. This giant sign was designed by the store's owner, Hugh Wolfe, and built by the Dallas Sign Co. It was supposedly built in 1965 but it looks like it's more likely from the 1950s. There was a text panel on the pole directly below this sign originally which read: "Wolfe Nursery. Money DOES Grow on Trees." The sign is now displayed at the Stephenville Museum. For more, see this website. [map]

The Imperial Sugar Co. was founded in 1843. The company is still in business but no longer operates here. The refinery building was demolished in 2010 but this building and signs remain. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

First Baptist Church
Sulphur Springs, TX
Budget Inn [gone]
Sulphur Springs, TX
Sulphur Springs Muffler Center
Sulphur Springs, TX
This First Baptist Church sign is probably from the 1930s or 1940s. [map]

The Budget Inn sign bore a striking resemblance to the classic Holiday Inn signs. This photo is from 2008. By 2011, the motel was still there but the sign was gone.

The Sulphur Springs Muffler Center sign originally advertised for a mobile home dealer. Another example of these signs is in Cookeville, TN. This sign used to revolve. [map]

Masonic Lodge
Sweetwater, TX
Brookshire's
Sweetwater, TX
This Masonic Lodge sign is a very rare multi-paneled backlit plastic sign. I have not seen another one like it anywhere. It is probably from the 1960s. [map]

This Brookshire's supermarket sign originally advertised for the Village Supermarket, hence the "V" at the top. It is probably from the 1950s or possibly 1960s. As the city grew and the supermarket closed, the sign was moved to this location and adapted for Brookshire's. I don't know if the "V" had neon originally. [map]

More Sweetwater Signs:
Palomino Motel [gone]

Pfennig's
Prescription Pharmacy
Taylor, TX
Kincl Hardware Store
Taylor, TX
Clem Mikeska's Bar-B-Q
Temple, TX
Buford Drugs
Terrell, TX
Pfennig's Prescription Pharmacy opened in 1963. I don't know if this sign on the side of the building is from then or from a previous business. [map]

The Kincl Hardware Store opened in 1949. These signs were installed then. Many of the store's signs have since been lost but these remain. The porcelain enamel Frigidaire sign has embossed letters. The building and Kincl sign were restored in 2011. The building now houses an antiques store. For more, see this website. [map]

Clem Mikeska's Bar-B-Q was established in 1965 in Temple. The restaurant moved to this location in 2008. This sign might be the original or a replica of it. There are two other locations now in Belton and Cameron, TX. [map]

Buford Drugs has been replaced with a tanning salon but this sign remains. [map]

Texarkana Bearings Supply [gone]
Texarkana, TX
Texarkana Bearings Supply was established in 1956. When the company moved in 2009, the company brought the signs with them. These photos are from 2011. By 2012, the company and signs were gone. For more, see this website.

Shamrock Motel
Texarkana, TX
Air Temp
Texarkana, TX
Tri State Motel
Texarkana, TX
Grim Hotel
Texarkana, TX
The neon on the Shamrock Motel sign was removed in 2008. This photo is from 2011. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

This Chrysler Airtemp sign hangs above the Aycock Distributing Co., a wholesale sporting goods company. In 1934, Chrysler began producing Airtemp air conditioners. In the 1970s, this part of the company's business was sold to Fedders. I'm not sure of the connection between the sign and the business. [map]

The Tri State Motel was originally called the Two State Motel. The sign is probably from the 1950s. In 2008, the sign's arrow and revolving star were removed. This photo is from 2011. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Grim Hotel was built in 1925. It has been abandoned since the 1970s. For more, see For more, see this website. [map]

More Texarkana Signs:
Skate America Fun Center

Texas City Signs:
Rocket Gas [vintage; gone]

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