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Virginia Signs (page 2)

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2400 Diner
Fredericksburg, VA
James McGraw
Front Royal, VA
Broadwater Drugs
Gate City, VA
The 2400 Diner opened in the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

James McGraw is long gone but this sign remains. [map]

This Broadwater Drugs sign was once part of the Walgreen Drugs chain. Those letters have been removed from the middle of the sign. There was an intact example at Neely Drugs in York, SC. [map]

Gretna:
Westinghouse [gone]

Captain George's
Seafood Restaurant [gone]
Hampton, VA
Amory's Seafood
Hampton, VA
This Captain George's Seafood Restaurant location closed in 2008. I don't think any of their other four restaurants had vintage signs like this. By 2010, this sign was covered with white paint while the building remained vacant. In 2012, the sign was repainted for Mirro'z Restaurant & Lounge. That restaurant closed and, by 2014, the sign had been painted entirely black. [map]

Amory's Seafood has been in the wholesale business since 1917. This sign is at the company's wholesale location. Amory's opened a retail fish store in 1973 in Portsmouth, VA. They also have a restaurant in Chesapeake, VA. [map]

Jack's
Family Restaurant
Hampton, VA
Red Carpet Inn [gone]
Harrisonburg, VA
Hayfield Motel
Hayfield, VA
Hopewell
Bowling Center
Hopewell, VA
The Jack's Family Restaurant sign is probably from the 1950s. This photo is from 2007. The sign remained untouched until at least 2012. By 2015, the panels had been painted over and reused for Crabtown. [map]

The Red Carpet Inn had two of these signs, both the same size: one at the road and one which was visible from I-81. I don't know of any other locations in this chain that have or had these signs. These photos are from 2011. In 2012, the neon was removed from the signs and they were significantly altered for the Come On Inn. By 2014, the motel had become a Motel 6 and these signs were both gone. For more, see this website.

The Hayfield Motel was built in 1966 and this sign appears to be from then. [map]

The Hopewell Bowling Center has been around since the 1950s. [map]

Jarratt:
Jarratt Restaurant [map]

Jonesville:
Jonesville Motor Lodge [map]

Red Goose Shoes
Leesburg, VA
Jumbo's Family
Restaurant [gone]
Lynchburg, VA
Dixie Pig Barbecue
Martinsville, VA
This Red Goose Shoes sign hung above Arthur's Shoe Repair. Arthur's closed in 2005. The Shoes Cup and Cork Club, named partly after the sign, moved into the space. The sign which had been dark since the mid-1970s was relit. Red Goose Shoes were a common brand promoted by neon signs. For other examples, see these in Fort Worth, TX, Las Vegas, NV, and Goldsboro, NC. [map]

The Jumbo's Family Restaurant sign was advertising for Miss Annie's when this photo was taken in 2011. Before that, the restaurant went by the name of Aunt Bee's. Later, it reverted to the original name of Jumbo's. By 2013, the restaurant had closed and the sign was gone. For more, see this website.

The Dixie Pig Barbecue sign is probably from the 1950s. For more, see this website. [first photo thanks Robby Delius] [map]

Lexington:
Southern Inn Restaurant [map]

More Lynchburg:
Hawkins Lock & Key [map]

Marion:
Dip Dog [map]

Shenandoah Lanes
Mount Jackson, VA
Southern Kitchen
New Market, VA
The Shenandoah Lanes features duckpin bowling and uses an appropriately shaped sign. They have been around since 1948 and claim to be Virginia's oldest bowling alley. [map]

The Southern Kitchen features peanut soup and other regional foods. For more, see this website. [map]

More New Market:
Chicken in the Rough [vintage; gone]

Boulevard Cleaners
Newport News, VA
The Boulevard Cleaners sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

Chinatown Restaurant [gone]
Newport News, VA
Bradish Signs
Newport News, VA
The Chinatown Restaurant sign was completely covered over with white paint in 2009 when the restaurant closed. This photo is from 2007. The white sign was still there in 2011.

Bradish Signs features a giant paint brush with dripping paint and a palette shaped text panel. [map]

More Newport News:
Monty's Penguin

Coca-Cola
Norton, VA
Arnold Pen Co.
Petersburg, VA
Prince George Motel [gone]
Petersburg, VA
Dogwood Lodge
Radford, VA
This Coca-Cola sign is an orphan. The stores in the building below it are all new. I have not seen any other Coca-Cola signs like this before. [map]

The Arnold Pen Co., a manufacturer of pens, was founded in 1935. The building is now used for apartments. This photo is from 2009. Around 2011, this sign was restored and relit. [map]

The Prince George Motel was demolished in 2007 shortly after this photo was taken. The sign was removed in 2008. For more, see this website.

The Dogwood Lodge opened in 1953. This photo is from 2007. The neon was replaced with backlit plastic letters between 2012 and 2015. For more, see this website. [map]

More Petersburg:
King's Bar-B-Q [map]
Philco [map]

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