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Centennial Liquors
Dallas, TX
Lucas
B&B Restaurant
Dallas, TX
Standard Spring
& Axle Co.
Dallas, TX
Centennial Liquors was a Dallas liquor store chain. This 38 foot tall sign was built in 1958 for the Big D Value Mart. The store got permission from the State Fair to use the character of Big Tex for the sign. When Big D Value Mart closed in 1962, the sign was sold to Centennial Liquors. The lettering was changed at that point. In 1985, the sign was toppled by high winds. It was rebuilt using mostly original parts. In 1993, the sign was moved to this Centennial location. These photos are from 2011. The store closed in 2012. The sign's neon was restored in 2013 for the filming of an AMC TV pilot, "Halt & Catch Fire". AMC paid for the restoration with permission from the owner. In 2015, the property was put up for sale. The sign was sold to the State Fair. It has been restored and is now on display at Fair Park year-round. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

The Lucas B&B Restaurant is gone but this sign remains. The restaurant was established in 1911. This sign is probably from the 1940s or 1950s. The restaurant closed in the 1980s. The sign is maintained by the Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen which is now on the site. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Standard Spring & Axle Co. was established in 1918. This sign appears to be from the 1940s. This design is identical to signs at Champion Spring Service in Fort Worth and Weaver Spring & Brake Service in Hutchins. [map]

Glo Cleaning System
Gaston Ave. [gone]
Dallas, TX
former Glo Cleaners [gone]
North Abrams
Dallas, TX
former Glo Cleaners
Sunnyvale St.
Dallas, TX
former Glo Cleaners
Commerce St.
Dallas, TX
I believe there were at least nine Glo Cleaning System locations in Dallas. I believe the chain was established in 1940.

The Gaston Ave. location was still open when this photo was taken in 2003. The business and sign are gone now.

The first photo above of the North Abrams location was taken in 2006. The building began housing Daisy Dry Cleaning around 2011. This second photo above is from that year. The Glo sign was still there then but it was removed in 2014. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

The Sunnyvale St. location opened in 1953. Although the building now houses Baccus Cleaners, the Glo wedding cake sign is still being used. For more, see this website. [map]

The Commerce St. location opened in 1950. These photos are from 2011 when the building was housing Bibbentuckers, a dry cleaners. The Glo sign and pole sign are still there. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

This was another location on Oates Drive. There is another Glo Cleaners in Springfield, MO with the same style sign. It must have been part of this same chain or a copycat. Google lists other cleaners with this name in Fort Worth, TX; Mesquite, TX; and Seattle, WA but I don't know if they were related or have old signs. Does anyone know more about this chain?

Womack Machine Supply
Dallas, TX
Raven's Nest
Pharmacy
Dallas, TX
Texas Liquor
Dallas, TX
Midway Liquor (now River Liquor)
Dallas, TX
The Womack Machine Supply Company sign is probably from the 1950s. It is covered with wire mesh to protect the neon from rock-throwing vandals. For more, see this website. [map]

The Raven's Nest Pharmacy had been here since at least the 1960s. The giant raven sign used to revolve. The store was gone by 2015 but this sign remains. In 2016, the building housed a Cricket dealer and these signs were still there. [map]

The Texas Liquor sign is probably from the 1950s. [map]

Midway Liquor closed around 2007. However, this sign was saved and moved to River Liquor. The lettering was changed from "Midway" to "River". For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Good Luck
Trailer Court
Dallas, TX
Cole Manor Motel
Dallas, TX
Sunshine Laundry
Dallas, TX
Jennings Paint & Floor Co.
Dallas, TX
The Good Luck Trailer Court is now the Good Luck RV Park. This sign may be from the 1940s. For more, see this website. [map]

The Cole Manor Motel is still open. This sign is probably from the 1950s. [map]

Sunshine Laundry & Dry Cleaners established in 1941. This sign appears to be from the 1950s. In 2011, the company moved down the street. With permission from the City, this sign was moved to the new location. For more, see this website. [map]

Jennings Paint & Floor Co. is long gone but this sign remains. [map]

Borden's
Dallas, TX
This Borden's sign is installed at the Borden's Dairy plant south of town. It is probably from the 1950s. There is only one Borden's sign that I know of that is similar to this one in Tyler, TX. [map]

Magnolia Building
Dallas, TX
Luna's
Tortilla Factory [gone]
Dallas, TX
Snyder's Furniture
Dallas, TX
Dairy-ette
Dallas, TX
The Magnolia Building was built between 1921-1922 for the Magnolia Petroleum Company. In 1934, the company installed this neon sign with a depiction of a pegasus which was Magnolia's trademark. The double-sided sign is 40 feet by 30 feet. It originally revolved on the oil derrick-like tower. In 1976, the building was sold and the sign deteriorated. In 1997, the building was converted into a luxury hotel. A year later, the sign was removed for restoration. It was deemed too far gone and had to be completely rebuilt. The new sign was installed in 2000. In 2013, the sign was restored again and relit. In 2015, the original sign was found and restored. It has replaced the replica sign. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Luna's Tortilla Factory began production at the McKinney location in 1924. This sign depicting a woman making tortillas was built around 1947. In 2007, the restaurant moved to Harry Hines Blvd. and the sign was moved to the new location. This photo is from 2011. In 2013, the restaurant was destroyed by fire caused by a short in the sign. Apparently, the sign did not survive. In 2014, Luna's reopened at a new location on Harry Hines with a simple plastic sign. In 2012, the Mesomaya restaurant opened in the original Luna's building. That restaurant's sign was modeled after the Luna's sign. For more, see this website.

Snyder's Furniture opened in 1954. This sign is probably from then. [map]

The Dairy-ette opened in 1956. This sign appears to be from then. For more, see this website. [map]

Waterfall Billboard
Dallas, TX
The Waterfall Billboard was built in 1962. The 800 square foot sign is visible from the Stemmons Freeway (I-35). It features a 35 foot tall waterfall which recycles 10,000 gallons of water and includes hay bales and plastic rocks. The sign originally advertised for Pearl Beer. In 1973, it was adapted for Salem Cigarettes. It now advertises for Coors Beer and local sports teams. The sign was restored in 2009. The first photo is from 2006; the other two photos are from 2011. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Sonny Bryan's
Smokehouse
Dallas, TX
Buckeye
Liquor
Dallas, TX
Ken's Muffler
North Central Expressway
Dallas, TX
Ken's Muffler
West Northwest Highway
Dallas, TX
Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse was established in 1910. This location opened in 1958 and this sign appears to be from then. [map]

This Buckeye Liquor store is part of a chain. There were at least six locations in Dallas. I believe this is the only old sign left. It appears to be from the 1950s. [map]

These muffler-shaped Ken's Muffler signs are probably from the 1950s or 1960s. Both of these locations have Mortimer Snerd statues. [North Central map]; [West Northwest map]

Buck & Ruck
Cut Rate Liquors
Dallas, TX
Skillman
Live Oak Center
Dallas, TX
Lancaster Kiest
Shopping Center [gone]
Dallas, TX
Deerpath Shopping Center
Dallas, TX
Buck & Ruck Cut Rate Liquors was established in 1945. This sign may be from then. The pole with lights would have been added later. The store has been closed since at least 2014 but the sign remains. For more, see this website. [map]

The Skillman Live Oak Center shopping center was built in 1948. This sign may be from then. For more, see this website. [map]

The Lancaster Kiest Shopping Center was built in 1960. This photo is from 2011. By 2014, the sign was gone.

The Deerpath Shopping Center has been here since at least 1959. [map]

Anchor Motel
Dallas, TX
Texas Paint & Wallpaper
Dallas, TX
The Anchor Motel has been here since at least the mid-1960s. This photo is from 2011. Around 2014, the neon letters were replaced with backlit plastic. For more, see this website. [map]

Texas Paint & Wallpaper has been around since 1947. This sign is probably from the 1960s or so. For more paint can signs, see this page. [map]

El Fenix Restaurant
McKinney Ave.
Dallas, TX
El Fenix Restaurant
Colorado Blvd.
Dallas, TX
The El Fenix Restaurant chain was established in 1918. There are now about 20 locations, mainly in Dallas/Fort Worth. These signs are probably from the 1950s or 1960s. For more, see this website. [McKinney map]; [Colorado map]

More Dallas:
Campisi's Egyptian Restaurant [map]
Circle Inn [gone]
former drug store sign [map]
former Mercantile National Bank Weather Tower [map]
Lone Star Gas [gone]
Mobil Pegasus [map]
Motel Winnway [map]
Reddy Kilowatt [map]
River Liquor [map]
Steinway Hall [map]

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