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Austin Signs

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Nutty Brown Cafe
Austin, TX
Continental Club
Austin, TX
El Patio Restaurant
Austin, TX
Frisco Shop
Austin, TX
The Nutty Brown Cafe sign was built in the 1950s for the Nutty Brown Candy Company which was originally located here. The text inside the lariat originally read "Pralines". The sign was restored and adapted in the late 1990s for the cafe. [map]

The Continental Club opened in 1957 as a supper club. In the 1960s, it became a burlesque club. It the late 1970s, it resumed featuring musical acts. In 2000, a second location was opened in Houston. For more, see this website. [map]

The El Patio Restaurant opened in 1954 and this sign is probably from then. For more, see this website. [map]

The Frisco Shop opened in 1953 and this sign is probably from then. The Frisco Shop was once part of the Nighthawk restaurant chain. This sign was restored around 2009. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Joe Koen & Son Jewelers
Austin, TX
Scottish Rite Temple
Austin, TX
Favorite Liquor & Wine
Austin, TX
Joe Koen & Son Jewelers was established in 1883. The company moved to this location in 1972 and must have brought along this pre-1950s sign. [map]

The Scottish Rite Temple was built in 1871-1872 as an opera house. The building has housed the Temple since 1914. This sign is probably from the 1950s or so. The neon is now missing. [map]

The Favorite Liquor & Wine store opened as Harry's Liquor in 1939 with this sign. The "beer", "wine" and "favorite" panels were added in the 1960s or 1970s. This photo is from 2011. As of 2012, this sign is being restored. For more, see this website. [map]

W.O. Harper Plumbing [gone]
Austin, TX
Sandy's Frozen Custard
Austin, TX
Miller
Blueprint Co. [gone]
Austin, TX
W.O. Harper Plumbing was established in 1921. This car sign was installed on top of a plastic box sign. I believe this sign had been there since at least the 1960s and was probably older than that. Harper Plumbing used this style of truck for many years. This photo is from 2011. The sign was still there in 2014. but was gone by 2015. For more, see this website.

Sandy's Frozen Custard, aka Sandy's Hamburgers, opened in 1947. Around 2006, the original sign was hit by a car and badly damaged. It was replaced with this replica. For more, see this website. [map]

The Miller Blueprint Co. opened here in 1920. This sign was built by Evan Voyles of Neon Jungle in 2001. The design was based on a photo of the 1940s sign at Miller's original location. The lower part of the sign was added later. In 2015, the company moved to a new location. This sign was removed and I don't believe this sign is displayed at the new place. For more, see this website.

former Grove Drug Store
Austin, TX
Kruger's Diamond Jewelers
Austin, TX
The Grove Drug Store occupied this building from 1933 until the early 1980s. The Morley Brothers drug store preceded that as the original occupants in 1874. In 2000, the drug store was converted into Austin's Visitor Information Center. The neon sign was adapted to reflect the new use. This photo is from 2011. In 2014, the sign was adapted again for the space's new tenant, Wild About Music. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4. [map]

Kruger's Diamond Jewelers was established in 1906 and opened here in 1939. The signs appear to be from the 1950s. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Nau's Enfield Drug
Austin, TX
Anthony's Laundry & Dry Cleaners
Austin, TX
Nau's Enfield Drug opened here in 1951. This sign was restored in 2009 by Evan Voyles of Neon Jungle. It was repainted in the original color scheme. Voyles added animation to the mortar and pestle which was not part of the original design. The sign looked like this in 2006. For more, see this website. [map]

Anthony's Laundry & Dry Cleaners opened in 1951. The laundry basket sign was moved to the back of the building when the text sign was built around the late 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

Don-Mar
Motor Court [gone]
Austin, TX
St. Elmo-Tel [gone]
Austin, TX
PN Liquor [gone]
Austin, TX
Quality Seafood Market
Austin, TX
The Don-Mar Motor Court was built in 1935. It was named after the owners, Don and Mary Roberts. This sign is probably from then. The motel was demolished in 2008. This sign was still there when this photo was taken in 2011. The sign was removed around 2012.

The St. Elmo-Tel was built in 1940. The motel was demolished in 2006 but this sign was still there in 2014. This photo is from 2011. By 2015, the sign was gone. It is believed to be in a private collection. The sign was originally just the blue porcelain enamel piece in the middle. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

PN Liquor opened around 1962. Around 2007, the business closed. By 2009, the sign was removed. It is now in a private collection.

The Quality Seafood Market was established in 1938. This sign is probably from the 1950s and/or 1960s. [map]

Horseshoe Lounge
Austin, TX
The Horseshoe Lounge opened in 1965 and this sign appears to be from then. In 2015, the bar announced that it was moving. The sign will be moved and installed at the new location. However, it had not reopened in 2016. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Centennial Liquor Stop
Austin, TX
Long Horn Meat Co.
Austin, TX
The Centennial Liquor Stop sign appears to be from the 1950s or 1960s. For more, see this website. [map]

The Long Horn Meat Co. sign is probably from the 1950s. [map]

Bel-Air Motel
Austin, TX
Classic Inn Motel
Austin, TX
Hill's Cafe
Austin, TX
Tropic
Shop [gone]
Austin, TX
Capitol Saddlery
Austin, TX
The Bel-Air Motel sign is probably from the 1950s. [map]

The Classic Inn Motel was originally the Goodnight Motel. It opened in 1941. For more, see this website. [map]

The Hills Cafe opened in 1947. This sign is probably from then. [map]

The Tropic Shop sold wicker and rattan furniture. The store was gone when this photo was taken in 2011. The sign was still there in 2013 but gone in 2014.

Capitol Saddlery was founded in 1930 and moved here in 1942. By 2007, the store had moved to another location. This photo is from 2011. This sign was still there in 2016. [map]

Fox Co.
Austin, TX
M&M Courts
Austin, TX
Night Hawk
Austin, TX
Jake's Beer
Austin, TX
Williams Oil-O-Matic Oil Burners
Austin, TX
These signs are part of the collection located inside Threadgill's restaurant on West Riverside Drive. I'm assuming all or at least most of them came from Austin businesses.

Fox Co., later Fox Photo, was nationwide chain of photo-developing stores. This sign was pulled from a dumpster in the 1980s. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

The M&M Courts sign is new. It was created by Roadhouse Relics (see below) for the restaurant.

The Night Hawk sign is from the restaurant of the same name which opened in Austin in 1932. It came from the original location and is probably from the 1940s or 1950s. For more, see this website.

This vintage Jake's Beer sign flashes, alternating between "Jake's" in green neon and "Beer" in red neon.

The Williams Oil-O-Matic Oil Burners sign appears to be a refurbished oldie. Williams Oil-O-Matic was a Bloomington, IL based company. The Oil-O-Matic was an oil-based heater for homes that reused oil from cars.

Genie Car Wash
Austin, TX
Genie Car Wash
Austin, TX
Genie Car Wash
Austin, TX

Genie Car Wash
replacement signs
Austin, TX
in storage
Austin, TX
Genie Car Wash was established in Waco in 1964. The company has three locations in Austin, the first of which opened in 1968. All three locations had identical neon signs (top row of photos above). Under new ownership in 2009, the signs were refurbished with new material applied over the original paint (bottom row). One of the original Austin signs was saved by Evan Voyles of Neon Jungle (right photos at bottom). He also has the original neon tubing from the refurbished signs. The original signs in Waco and Hewitt, TX were not updated since those locations are independently owned. For more, see this website. [Burnet Rd. map]; [S. Lamar map]; [William Cannon Dr. map]

Roadhouse Relics
Austin, TX
Since the late 1980s, Todd Sanders of Roadhouse Relics has focused on creating custom-made, vintage-looking signs and sideshow banners. The shop has some vintage signs on display as well. The chicken sign apparently came from a former Leslie's Chicken Shack. This Sputnik sign was mass-produced. I'm not sure where it came from. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4. [map]

Bouldin Creek Coffeehouse
Austin, TX
Ed's Auto
Austin, TX
The Bouldin Creek Coffeehouse opened in 2000. This modern sign was built by Roadhouse Relics (described above). [map]

This modern sign at Ed's Auto was built by Evan Voyles of Neon Jungle around 2004. For more, see this website. [map]

Light Bulb Shop
Austin, TX
EZ's Brick
Oven & Grill
Austin, TX
Jerry's Artarama
Austin, TX
The Light Bulb Shop sign is 13 feet tall. It was produced in 1998 by Blue Genie Art Industries which also created the statue for Fran's Hamburgers. [map]

This EZ's Brick Oven & Grill sign was adapted from a 1950s sign. It originally advertised for 2-J's Hamburgers which was located here previously. The design and chasing bulbs are original - only the lettering was changed. The transformation was done by Ion Art in the early 1990s. The EZ's restaurant chain was established in 1989 in San Antonio where there are four other locations. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Jerry's Artarama features a revolving 16 foot tall Lil Jerry on top of the store's sign. The statue was produced by Blue Genie Art Industries. I believe it was built in the early 2000s. For more, see this website. [map]

Milkshake Media [gone]
Austin, TX
Club De Ville [gone]
Austin, TX
Milkshake Media is a graphic design agency, founded in 1999. This sign was built around 2009 by Evan Voyles of Neon Jungle. By 2013, the agency had moved and the sign was gone.

The modern Club De Ville nightclub sign was topped with a vintage, former Best Western crown sign. It was built and assembled by Evan Voyles in 1996. The club closed in 2013 and, by 2014, this sign was gone.

More Austin:
Baker [now in private collection]
Cothron's Safe & Lock (now Wahoo's): 1, 2
D&L's Texas Music Cafe (modern sign; reworked for Gibson Guitar Showroom): 1, 2, 3, 4
Doc's Motorworks Bar & Grill
Guero's Auto Sales
Home Slice Pizza
Robert's Termite & Pest [gone]
Violet Crown Shopping Center

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