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Texas Signs (page 12)

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spinning sign
Thorndale, TX
Truck
Stop [gone]
Tye, TX
This spinning sign is located at the HRH Garage. It no longer spins. I don't know when this sign was installed or what business was there then. I believe these motorized, attention-getting signs were produced in the 1950s or 1960s. There are only a few of them left around the country. The two arms each had two discs on each end. The arms would spin in opposite directions. This video of a now-gone sign in Budd Lake, NJ shows what these signs looked like in motion. [map]

This Truck Stop sign was installed on an oil derrick on top of a Conoco station roof. This photo is from 2011. By 2012, the tower and sign were gone. For more, see this website.

Borden's
Tyler, TX
Borden's bought this building from a local dairy company in 1944. This sign was built in 1945. There is a similar Borden's sign in Dallas, TX. There is also an old Borden's ice cream parlor in Lafayette, LA. [map]

Masonic
Lodge
Tyler, TX
Loggins Restaurant
Tyler, TX
Siesta Motel
Tyler, TX
Tyler Court
Tyler, TX
This Masonic Lodge was built around 1926. This sign is probably from the 1950s. White porcelain enamel Masonic signs like this are far less common than blue ones. [map]

The Loggins Restaurant opened in 1949. These signs may be from then. [map]

The Siesta Motel appears to be used for apartments now. The sign appears to be from the 1940s or 1950s. [map]

This Tyler Court sign is probably from the 1940s or 1950s. The units appear to be used as apartments now. [map]

Deason Pharmacy [gone]
Tyler, TX
Tyler Courier-Times-Telegraph
Tyler, TX
The Deason Pharmacy was gone but this sign was still there when this photo was taken in 2011. The sign appeared to be from the 1940s or 1950s. The sign disappeared in 2013.

The Tyler Courier-Times-Telegraph sign might be from the 1950s. [map]

Fuller's Fine Foods [gone]
Tyler, TX
Bergfeld Center
Tyler, TX
The Fuller's Fine Foods signs are probably from the 1950s. These photos are from 2011. The restaurant had closed and the signs were gone by 2013.

The Bergfeld Center opened in 1949. There are two identical signs at this shopping center. They were probably built in the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

Carpenter-Francis
Drugs
Tyler, TX
Progress Cleaners
Tyler, TX
Independent Order of Odd Fellows
Tyler, TX
Carpenter-Francis Drugs is gone but this sign remains. It is probably from the late 1950s or 1960s. [map]

Progress Cleaners was established in 1938. This sign is probably from the 1950s. [map]

This Independent Order of Odd Fellows building is from 1907. The Odd Fellows purchased in the building in 1912. This sign is probably from the 1950s. [map]

Lew's Welding Service
Tyler, TX
Gilbert's El Charro Cafe
Tyler, TX
Lew's Welding Service has been at this location since the late 1920s. The business is still operating. This rooftop sign might be from the 1950s or earlier. The letters had neon originally. [map]

Gilbert's El Charro Cafe was established in 1943. This location opened in 1952. This sign appears to be from then. The restaurant closed in 2013 and has been vacant since then. [map]

More Tyler Signs:
Star Donuts

Casal's Liquor
Uvalde, TX
Sands Motel
Van Horn, TX
Rogers Pharmacy
Victoria, TX
Casal's Liquor was established in 1946. This sign may be from then but is more likely from the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

The Sands Motel sign appears to be from the 1950s. It was repainted between 2008 (first photo) and 2012 (second photo). For more, see this website. [map]

The Rogers Pharmacy sign looks like it revolved originally. By the mid-1960s, the building was housing the Victoria Pharmacy. This sign was probably built in the 1960s. [map]

More Victoria Signs:
The Corral [gone]

Mardi Gras
Motel [gone]
Waco, TX
Waco Printing and Stationery Co.
Waco, TX
Hargis Company
Waco, TX
Brookview Hills
Shopping Center
Waco, TX
The Mardi Gras Motel sign was probably from the 1950s or 1960s. These photos are from 2006. The motel has changed names and the sign is gone now. For more, see this website.

The Waco Printing and Stationery Co. sign appears to be from the 1940s or 1950s. The text part of the sign may have been updated at some point. [map]

The Hargis Company, an electronics distributor, was in business from 1944-2003. This sign is probably from the 1950s. [map]

The Brookview Hills Shopping Center was built around 1952. This sign appears to be from then. [map]

Leslie's Chicken Shack [gone]
Waco, TX
former Buzze
Music Co. [gone]
Waco, TX
Town House
Motel [gone]
Waco, TX
C.M.
Trautschold
Co.
Waco, TX
The Leslie's Chicken Shack chain was established in Waco in 1934. There were at least nine locations in Texas which are all gone. I assume this sign was installed at a Waco location. I don't believe the original Waco location had these horizontal "Leslie's Fried Chicken" text panels and I can't find any vintage photos or postcards showing these. In 2006, when these photos were taken, the sign was leaning against the fence in the backlot of the Green Fiber plant. By 2011, the sign was gone. There is another Leslie's Chicken Shack sign at Roadhouse Relics in Austin. They are definitely not the same signs since I first shot them at the same time. There is also a modern version of these signs in Corpus Christi, TX. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

The Buzze Music Co. store sold musical instruments. The company was established in 1942. The photo was taken in 2011 just after the store closed. In 2015, the neon was removed and the sign was reworked for the new tenant, Sacsee's restaurant. The letters below the musical note were removed. By 2017, the main sign was gone as well.

The Town House Motel was vacant and boarded up when this photo was taken in 2006. By 2011, the sign was gone.

The C.M. Trautschold Co. was established in 1893. The millwork company is still in business. This sign is probably from the 1940s or 1950s. [map]

Reed's Flowers
Waco, TX
Reed's Flowers opened in 1930. The store moved to this location in the late 1950s. These signs are probably from then. For more, see this website. [map]

Viking Inn
Waco, TX
Westview Village
Shopping Center
Waco, TX
Watkins
Furniture
Waco, TX
The Viking Inn was originally part of the Best Western chain. There was a Best Western crown sign on top of this sign. The motel and this sign were probably built in the late 1950s or early 1960s. The neon inside the channel letters has been replaced with LED rope. For more, see this website. [map]

The Westview Village Shopping Center opened in 1957. This sign appears to be from then. [map]

Watkins Furniture is gone but this sign remains. It is probably from the 1960s. [map]

Genie Car Wash
North Valley Mills Dr.
Waco, TX
Genie Car Wash
Sanger Ave.
Waco, TX
2011: 2018: 2011: 2018:
Genie Car Wash
Hewitt, TX
The North Valley Mills Genie Car Wash location opened in 1964 as the first location in the chain. This neon sign and the one in Hewitt escaped updating since the locations are independently operated from the Austin locations. I believe these are the only neon Genie Car Wash signs still on public display. The North Valley Mills sign was repainted and the plastic panels replaced around 2013. The plastic Genie Car Wash sign on Sanger is probably from the 1970s. The colors are beginning to fade. For more, see this website. [Valley Mills map]; [Sanger map]; [Hewitt map]

More Waco Signs:
Jack n Jill Donuts
Kim's Restaurant
Red Rooster Cafe [vintage; gone]
Texas Fireproof Storage Co. [vintage; gone]
Thunderbird Motel [vintage; gone]

Independent Order
of Odd Fellows Lodge
Waxahachie, TX
Studebaker [gone]
Weatherford, TX
Cochran Drugs [gone]
Wellington, TX
This Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge sign is probably from the 1950s. [map]

This Studebaker sign stood on a lot with about a dozen unrestored Studebaker cars and trucks. The sign was apparently part of a private collection belonging to the Studebaker Farm. This photo is from 2011. By 2012, the sign was gone. These signs were mass-produced and there are a handful of them still on display at dealerships around the country.

The Cochran Drugs store was gone but this sign was still there when this photo was taken in 2011. By 2013, the sign was gone. These Walgreen Agency signs were mass-produced but are very rare now.

Webster Signs:
Mario's Flying Pizza [gone]

Frigidaire
West, TX
This Frigidaire sign hangs above the former F.G. Gerik Appliance Co. which was in business from at least the 1950s through the 1970s. These neon Frigidaire signs, especially those with embossed letters, are very rare now. [map]

Barbee
Electric Service
Wharton, TX
Bel-Air Hotel
Wichita Falls, TX
Catalina Motel
Wichita Falls, TX
YMCA
Wichita Falls, TX
Barbee Electric Service was established in 1946. This sign might be from then or the 1950s. [map]

The Bel-Air Hotel is long-closed but this sign remains. The four poles on top of the sign appear to be revolving light beacons. [map]

The Catalina Motel sign appears to be from the 1950s or 1960s. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

These YMCA signs were mass-produced and there are several of them still scattered around the country. [map]

More Wharton Signs:
Tee Pee Motel

More Wichita Falls Signs:
Triple DDD Motel

More Texas Signs:
Rexall Drug Stores (various cities)
various theatres

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