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Admiral Motel
Houston, TX
Yale Street Grill
Houston, TX
Kaplan's Ben Hur [gone]
Houston, TX
The Admiral Motel sign is probably from the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

The Yale Street Grill opened in 1923 as the Yale Pharmacy. This building is from 1952. This is not the original sign. This sign is probably from the late 1950s or 1960s. The store still has a busy coffee shop inside. For more, see this website. [map]

Kaplan's Ben Hur was across the street from the Yale Street Grill. It opened in 1913 as a feed store named after the owner's two sons, Bennett and Herman. The department store had closed and was vacant in 2006 when this photo was taken. By 2011, the sign was gone.

Spec's Liquor
Houston, TX
Spec's Liquor
Ennis, TX
Spec's Liquor opened in 1962 and now has 28 stores in and around Houston. These signs in Houston are at the company's warehouse on Smith St. which is the largest location. When this store was remodeled, a glass dome portion of the building was constructed to display one of the old signs. The sign in the dome revolves. There is another location in Houston with a neon bunny sign but I don't know if it is a vintage or modern sign. [map]

I believe that the sign in Ennis is modern. That location opened sometime between 2008 and 2013. [map]

Mr. Money
Pawn [gone]
Houston, TX
Huston's Drugs [gone]
Houston, TX
Warren's Cleaners
& Launderers
Houston, TX
Loma Linda
Mexican Restaurant [gone]
Houston, TX
Mr. Money Pawn might have been part of a chain. I don't know if this huge sign was ever outlined with neon. This photo is from 2006. By 2010, the business was known as Cash America and this sign was gone.

Huston's Drugs opened in 1954 and this sign appeared to be from then. The store was closed for many years but this sign remained. This photo is from 2011. In 2013, the building was redeveloped and the sign was removed.

Warren's Cleaners & Launderers opened in 1955 and is still in business. [map]

The Loma Linda Mexican Restaurant was long gone when this photo was taken in 2011. The plastic Loma Linda letters were probably added later, replacing the original restaurant's name. The sign disappeared around 2014.

Rulon Electric [gone]
Houston, TX
Continental Club
Houston, TX
Felix Mexican
Restaurant [gone]
Houston, TX
King Cole Liquors [gone]
Houston, TX
Rulon Electric was established in 1947 and this sign was probably from then. The sign was gone by 2014.

The Continental Club opened in 2000. This sign is a replica of the one at the Austin location which opened in 1957. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

This Felix Mexican Restaurant opened in 1961 and closed in 2008. This photo is from 2011. By 2012, the sign was removed. It was split into three pieces and listed for sale on eBay. The chain was established in the 1930s and, by 1971, there were six locations in Houston and another in Beaumont. This was the last location to close. Larry's Original Mexican Restaurant in Richmond opened in 1960 and features an identical neon sign. Larry Guerrero was a friend of Felix Tijerina Sr. so the two signs must have been built at the same time. For more, see this website.

King Cole Liquors is still there but this rooftop sign is not. This photo is from 2006. By 2010, the sign was gone. For more, see this website.

Westbury Centerette [gone]
Houston, TX
Jim Dandy
Fried Chicken
Houston, TX
Sears
Houston, TX
Jensen Square
Houston, TX
The Westbury Centerette shopping center was vacant except for a laundromat when this photo was taken in 2011. It was built in 1962. There was a clock on top of the sign that was blown off during Hurricane Ike in 2008. The shopping center was demolished in 2015. The sign was gone by 2016.

This former Jim Dandy Fried Chicken sign is probably from the 1960s or 1970s. The only location left that I know of is in Los Angeles and it does not have this style sign. This location now houses #1 Chicken, Rice & Seafood. For more, see this website. [map]

This Sears store was built in 1939 and is still open. In the 1960s, the building was covered up with bricks and aluminum siding. This sign was probably added then or in the 1950s. When the sign was working, the background "Open Til 9" was lit on nights when the store was open late. For more, see this website. [map]

The Jensen Square shopping center sign appears to be from the 1950s. [map]

Wagner
Hardware [gone]
Houston, TX
G&G Model Shop
Houston, TX
Oak Forest Shoe Shop
Houston, TX
Wagner Hardware moved to this location in 1948. This sign was probably from then. This photo is from 2011. The store is gone now and the sign disappeared in 2014.

The G&G Model Shop opened in 1945 and this sign was probably built then. [map]

The Oak Forest Shoe Shop sign appears to be from the 1950s or earlier. [map]

Houston Shoe Hospital
Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX
Houston Shoe Hospital
Kirby Dr.
Houston, TX
The Houston Shoe Hospital was established in 1906. There are now seven locations in Houston. I don't believe any of the other locations have vintage signs. The Westheimer location moved in 2014 to a new location on the same street. The sign was reinstalled there on front of the building. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [Westheimer map]; [Kirby map]

More Houston:
Arandas Bakery [map]
Home of Easy Credit [map]
Mitchell Inn [vintage; gone]
Schill Steel Co. [map]
Tommie Vaughn Ford [map]
William A. Smith Construction [map]
Wing-On Foods

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