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Centennial Liquors
Dallas, TX
Lucas
B&B Restaurant
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 during the fair. 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]

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?

former Mercantile
National Bank
Weather Tower
Dallas, TX
Western Cafe
Dallas, TX
Sowell Liquor
Dallas, TX
Sigel's Liquor Store
Addison, TX (now Dallas, TX)
The Mercantile National Bank Weather Tower serves as a weather beacon. The Mercantile National Bank Building was completed in 1942. In 1947, an illuminated tower was built and used for KERA radio broadcasts. In 1958, the tower was replaced with the current one with the clocks. There are four 20 foot tall clocks which were originally lit with neon. In 2007, the hands were replaced and updated with LED lighting. Above the clocks, the top part 45 feet of the 115 foot tall tower forecasts the weather. It was originally also lit with neon (now LED). The white rings flash upwards when temperatures are expected to rise. They flash downward when temperatures are dropping. A star at the top is lit green for fair weather and red for bad weather. For more, see this website. [map]

This Western Cafe sign is installed over the entrance to the Dallas Farmers Market. I don't know where the sign was located originally. Before it was moved to its current location, it was across the street and had been partially painted over or covered up. Before that, at the same location, it advertised for a Mexican restaurant. These Coca-Cola signs were mass-produced. I believe they were built in the 1940s and/or 1950s. [map]

The Sowell Liquor store has been closed since at least 2008 but this sign remains. The sign is probably from the 1950s. [map]

Sigel's Liquor Store was founded in 1905 and has several locations in the Dallas area. This sign was built in 1954 at the chain's seventh store, located in Dallas. The store closed in 2009. The sign was refurbished and reinstalled at the Addison location. That location closed in 2016 and the sign was removed. It was reinstalled at another Dallas location in 2017. The animated sign was designed by Marvin Sigel who designed two similar signs which have been destroyed. Sigel refutes the assumption that the circles represented champagne bubbles and the starburst on top was a Sputnik reference. The design was simply based on a rough sketch using abstract forms. For more, see this website. [map]

Good Luck
Trailer Court
Dallas, TX
Cole Manor Motel
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]

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

Hotel Newland
Dallas, TX
Adler Hotel
Dallas, TX
The Hotel Newland was built in 1923. This sign appears to be from the 1940s or 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

The Adler Hotel was built around 1925. The signs are probably from the 1940s or 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

Crown Pools
Dallas, TX
Famsa Furniture
Dallas, TX
Love Field
Dallas, TX
The Crown Pools sign is probably from the 1960s. There are about a dozen Crown Pools stores in the Dallas area but I believe this is the only plastic sign left. There was a neon sign in Irving, TX which is gone now. [map]

The Famsa Furniture sign originally advertised for Bearden Furniture. It was built in 1968. The text panel read "Bearden" and appears to have revolved. [map]

The Dallas Love Field airport sign was designed by Tie Davis and built in 1958. I believe it had neon originally. The sign removed around 1995 for restoration. It was finally restored and reinstalled in 2013. The panels appear to be new and are lit with backlit LED tubing. [map]

Sunshine Laundry
Dallas, TX
Midway Liquor (now River Liquor)
Dallas, TX
2006: 2017: 2006: 2011:
Sunshine Laundry & Dry Cleaners was 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]

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]

River Liquor
Dallas, TX
Texas Liquor
Dallas, TX
Womack Machine Supply
Dallas, TX
Raven's Nest Pharmacy
Dallas, TX
The River Liquor sign is probably from the 1950s. The sign is so similar in design to the one that was at Atomic Liquor that it's likely that these two stores were related. For more, see this website. [map]

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

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 2017, the building housed a Cricket dealer and these signs on the pylon were still there. [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 was an identical sign in Longview, TX. There is only one Borden's sign that I know of that is similar to this one in Tyler, TX. [map]

Luna's
Tortilla Factory [gone]
Dallas, TX
Snyder's Furniture
Dallas, TX
Dairy-ette
Dallas, TX
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]

Magnolia Building
Dallas, TX
Pegasus
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 sign was originally built for the American Petroleum Institute convention. The double-sided sign is 40 feet by 30 feet. It originally revolved on the oil derrick-like tower on top of the building. 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 a replica was built and installed in 2000. In 2013, that sign was restored again and relit. For more, see this website. [map]

In 2015, the original sign was found and restored. It is now displayed in front of the Omni Hotel. For more, see this website.

This Pegasus sign was supposedly built in 1939 for the New York World's Fair. I haven't found any photos of that. The sign was later installed on the roof of Jim Smith's Mobil station in Dallas where it was lit and revolved. When the station was demolished in the early 2000s, the sign was saved and installed at its present location at the Old Red Museum. [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
Johnny's Sales Co.
Dallas, TX
Buck & Ruck Cut Rate Liquors was established in 1945. This sign is probably from the 1950s. 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 Johnny's Sales Co. used car dealership sign has been here since at least 2007. It was probably built in the 1960s or later. [map]

Deerpath Shopping Center
Dallas, TX
2011: 2017:
The Deerpath Shopping Center was built around 1955. The supporting panels were being repainted when these photos were taken in 2017. The top part of the sign must have revolved originally. [map]

Steinway Hall
Dallas, TX
Reddy Kilowatt
Dallas, TX
Anchor Motel
Dallas, TX
Texas Paint & Wallpaper
Dallas, TX
Steinway Hall sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. It was restored in 2012. The top part of the sign was originally a bulb-studded disk. The "PIANOS" letters originally read "ROGERS" for the Rogers Electric Supply Company. I think the Rogers Electric building is from 1959 so this sign may be from then. For more, see this website. [map]

This Reddy Kilowatt sign is located behind a former Dallas Power & Light substation that was converted into a residence. I don't know if this sign was ever installed at the substation or if it came from somewhere else. For more, see this website. [map]

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]

Texas Liquor
Dallas, TX
Danny's Liquor
Dallas, TX
The Texas Liquor and Danny's Liquor signs are probably from the 1960s. I assume these stores were part of the same chain at one time. Danny's has been closed since around 2016. This sign is very similar to the Bonanza Homes signs which were built in Tennessee, Texas, California, and probably elsewhere. I don't know which signs came first or may have inspired the others. [Texas map]; [Danny's map]

Clearview Louver
Window Corp.
Dallas, TX
Drug Store
Dallas, TX
Motel Winnway
Dallas, TX
Cabrera Auto Service
Dallas, TX
The Clearview Louver Window Corp. is long gone but this sign remains. This sign was probably built in the 1940s or 1950s. The bottom panel that read "Louver Windows" has been painted over. The space housed the Club Clearview nightclub from 1985-2007. For more, see this website. [map]

The Drug Store sign is probably from the 1950s. It was apparently animated. There hasn't been a drug store here since at least 2008 but this sign remains. [map]

The Motel Winnway sign is probably from the 1940s or 1950s. The two arrows were probably later additions. The sign was repainted around 2016, eliminating the word "Motel" and the bulbs from the top arrow. The Winnway name has been a tacked on panel (still visible under the paint) indicating that the motel went by another name originally. For more, see this website. [map]

The Cabrera Auto Service sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. There may have been another muffler shop business (Muffler King?) here originally but the sign has looked like this and Cabrera Auto Service has been here since at least 2008. [map]

Ray's Sporting Goods
Dallas, TX
El Fenix Restaurant
McKinney Ave.
Dallas, TX
El Fenix Restaurant
Colorado Blvd.
Dallas, TX
Ray's Sporting Goods was established in 1949. This sign is probably from the late 1950s or 1960s. [map]

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]

Campisi's Egyptian Restaurant
Dallas, TX
The Campisi's Egyptian Restaurant opened in 1950. The first Campisi's Italian restaurant opened in 1956. To save money, when the business moved to this location, previous sign which advertised for the Egyptian Lounge was adapted. The word "Lounge" was changed to "Restaurant". For more, see this website. [map]

Optical Clinic
Dallas, TX
Oak Cliff Mirror & Glass Company
Dallas, TX
The Optical Clinic sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

The Oak Cliff Mirror & Glass Company was established in 1932. The company moved to this location in 1956 and this rooftop sign was probably installed then. For more, see this website. [map]

Cliff Temple Baptist Church
Dallas, TX
The Cliff Temple Baptist Church sign was probably added to the front of the church in the 1950s. [map]

More Dallas Signs:
Circle Inn [gone]
Coca-Cola
Jarrell Company
Like-Nu Auto Paint & Body Works
Lone Star Gas [gone]
Rocket Skating Palace
Standard Spring & Axle Co.

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