Milwaukee Signs

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Furniture Co.
Milwaukee, WI
Beverage Center
Milwaukee, WI
One Hour
Milwaukee, WI
Bob's Bait
Shop [gone]
Milwaukee, WI
Chet & Leona's
Milwaukee, WI
Fein Brothers
Milwaukee, WI
Sloane's Furniture Co. was established around 1935. The store is still operating. In 2016, the bottom panel was covered up and the letters were filled with sloppy LED rope. The squares were also outlined with LED. [map]

Otto's Beverage Center, now known as Otto's Wine and Spirits, has been around since 1945. For more, see this website. [map]

These One Hour Martinizing signs were mass-produced. One Hour Martinizing is the world's largest dry cleaning company. It was founded in 1949 and has more than 600 locations around the world. For more, see this website. There are some other examples of these signs in Bay City, MI and Valdosta, GA. [map]

The Bob's Bait Shop sign was built in the 1960s. The store closed in 2014 and the sign was removed in 2017. For more, see this website.

Chet & Leona's Flowers was established in 1950. This sign is probably from then. [map]

Fein Brothers, a food service equipment supplier, was established in 1929. The store moved to this location in 1967. Apparently, this sign was adapted from the previous tenant, Merit Furniture. The letters "MERIT" would fit the spacing of the sign appropriately. For more, see this website. [map]

Grebe's Bakery
Milwaukee, WI
General Lumber
Milwaukee, WI
Big Bill's Used Cars
Milwaukee, WI
Brake Shop [gone]
Milwaukee, WI
Grebe's Bakery was established in 1937. The bakery moved to this location in 1957 and this sign is from then. [map]

There was another Grebe's Bakery in South Milwaukee with a vintage sign. That store has closed and, by 2011, the sign was covered with panels for Nona's Cafe.

General Lumber opened around 1960. The store closed in 2010 but this sign still remains. [map]

The Big Bill's Used Cars sign looks like it was adapted from a previous used car dealership. It obviously had neon originally. Does anyone know what the original name was? [map]

The Avenue Brake Shop sign appeared to be from the 1940s or 1950s. Despite the protective plastic panels, some of the neon was broken when this photo was taken in 2011. The business closed and the sign was removed sometime between 2015 and 2017. For more, see this website.

Pabst Brewing Company
Milwaukee, WI
This Pabst Brewing Company was founded in 1844. This sign is located at the former brewing complex. It appears that the letters might be mounted to a pedestrian bridge between the two buildings. I don't know when the letters were installed. In 1996, Pabst moved its brewing operations to La Crosse, WI. These buildings in Milwaukee, vacant since then, will eventually be developed into a mix or residential, office, and retail space. The former corporate offices and visitors center now house Best Place, a bar and gift shop. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Frank's Power Plant
Milwaukee, WI
Frank's Power Plant was established in 1925. The neon is protected with clear plastic panels. For more, see this website. [map]

Judge's Irish Pub [gone]
Milwaukee, WI
Judge's Irish Pub had the same style Blatz sign as Frank's. I don't know if this one was lit but the neon appeared to be in perfect shape. These photos are from 2011. By 2016, the bar had closed and the signs were gone. There are many other Blatz sign designs on display inside Northern Advertising in Antigo, WI.

More Milwaukee Signs:
Kitt's Frozen Custard
Leon's Frozen Custard
Regano's Roman Coin [map]
Three Brothers Restaurant [map]
Town Pride Frozen Custard: 1, 2, 3 [vintage; gone]

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