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Clock Signs (page 1)

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The photos and links in this section are meant to accompany an article that I am working on for the SCA (Society for Commercial Archeology) Journal. The "Clock Signs" article will be out in Spring 2022. The focus of the article and this page is on signs with clocks rather than street clocks or clocks by themselves. Most of these clocks no longer work and most of their original faces have been replaced.

Dana Bushong
Jewelers
Fort Madison, IA
Teske's Jewelers
Hibbing, MN
Karl Mouch
Jewelers [gone]
Cincinnati, OH
Beasley's Jewelry
Lewisville, TX
Ray Wolf Jewelers
Woodstock, IL
These Elgin Watch signs were mass-produced for jewelry stores by Libby Neon of Elgin, IL. I believe they were built in the 1940s and/or 1950s. The horizontal panel is ten feet wide. The vertical piece might have been optional.

I believe Dana Bushong Jewelers has been here since the 1910s. The neon has been removed from this sign. [map]

Teske's Jewelers opened in 1931. [map]

This photo of the Karl Mouch Jewelers sign is from 2009. The sign was still there in 2014 but gone by 2016. The building owner removed the sign. It may have been sold to a collector.

The Beasley's Jewelry was previously an Elgin sign. The clock panel is missing from the bottom but the upper diamond panel is still there. The text panel was changed to remove the mention of Elgin. [map]

The Ray Wolf Jewelers store closed in 2008. This photo is from that year. As of 2012, there was an antiques shop at this location. The sign remains. For more, see this website. [map]

Bryant's Jewelers
Tiptonville, TN
Elgin Watches
Pontotoc, MS
Ruud's Hearing Aid Service [gone]
Pendleton, OR
Bryant's Jewelers became a Health Mart Pharmacy in recent years. However, the store appeared to be vacant when this photo was taken in 2010. This sign was still there then. [map]

The vertical panel of this Elgin Watches sign was painted over and the bottom panel with the clock was removed many years ago. [map]

Ruud's Hearing Aid Service was established in 1961. This sign is a reworked Elgin Watches jewelry store sign. The text panels were apparently replaced when Ruud's took over the space. The clock face was replaced at some point as well. It would have read Elgin originally. This photo is from 2016. By 2019, the business and sign were gone.

Meredith's Jewelry
Yankton, SD
Karl's Jewelry [gone]
Fremont, NE
Meredith's Jewelry opened in 1925. This sign was installed in 1935. It was originally an Elgin Watches sign like those shown above. This photo is from 2011. By 2016, the top panel had been reworked for TeMari Designs. [map]

The Karl's Jewelry sign is from the 1940s or 1950s. The store was vacant when these photos were taken in 2008. In 2012, the building housed the La Tapatia Special Events Supply Center but this neon sign was still there. The letters on the building had been changed. By 2015, the neon sign was gone and the building was vacant.

Erickson Jewelers (now Potbelly Sandwich Shop)
Chicago, IL
Erickson Jewelers opened in the early 1940s. At some point, the name "Elgin" was replaced with "Omega" on the sign. The first two photos above are from 2006. The store closed in 2008. In 2010, new panels were built to adapt the sign for this Potbelly Sandwich Shop. The clock was replaced as well. The vitrolite facade was preserved but the name was changed on it. [map]

More Elgin Signs:
Nelson's Jewelers (Palatka, FL) [gone]
Dalton Pawn Brokers (Dalton, GA)
Aurora Cleaners (Aurora, IL) [gone]
Creighton's Jewelry (Decatur, IL) [gone]
Little's Jewelry (Mt. Sterling, KY)
Jewelers (unidentified city, LA) [gone?]
Plymouth Bakery (Plymouth, NC)
Lake's Jewelers (Franklin, OH) [gone]

Gowdy's Jewelers
Canton, MS
Gem Box
Jewelers
Tampa, FL
Daved Jewelers
Willoughby, OH
Gruen Watch
Los Angeles, CA
Gowdy's Jewelers has been gone for many years but this sign remains. The sign is probably from the late 1940s or early 1950s. These signs were mass-produced. [map]

The Gem Box Jewelers long-gone store was housing the Gem Box by 1958. I don't know if that was the original occupant. The sign is probably from the late 1940s or early 1950s. [map]

Daved Jewelers opened in 1946 and the sign was installed around then. The name was derived from the two owners' first names, Dave Fertel and Edward Weyls. In 2020, this sign was restored by YESCO. Part of the funding came from the Heart of Willoughby. The diamond was replaced with a clock. [map]

The Gruen Watch sign hangs above the Wanna Buy a Watch store. For more, see this website. [map]

More Gruen Signs:
Drake's Jewelers (Chicago, IL) [gone]
Rich's Jewelers (Covington, KY)
Rogar Jewelers (Cleveland, OH)

Sutton's Jewelers
McCook, NE
Molinelli Jewelers
Pocatello, ID
Sutton's Jewelers opened in 1899. This clock sign was built in 1908 and operated until 1973. The sign attached to the upper part of the sign is probably from the 1920s or 1930s and most likely had neon. The clock sign is now installed in front of the Carnegie Library. It was restored in 2005. For more, see this website. [map]

Molinelli Jewelers opened here in 1903. The first clock was installed in front of the jewelry store around 1920. Neon was added to it in 1956. There was a second clock which, like the first one, was replaced after damage from delivery trucks. It is not known when this current Brown Street Clock was installed or when the neon panels were added. The first two photos above show the street clock sign in front of the store. The third photo shows the clock sign at the building's rear entrance. This sign is a reproduction of the one on front of the store. It was built around 1973. It was restored in 2014. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Dodson's Jewelers
Spokane, WA
Gordon's Jewelers
Las Vegas, NM
Dodson's Jewelers was established in 1887. The company had at least two earlier street clocks. This one is believed to be from the early 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

Gordon's Jewelers opened in 1902. This street clock was installed in the late 1920s. It was built by the Brown Street Clock Company. It probably had neon at one time. In 2018, winds nearly topped the sign and it was removed from the pole. It was reinstalled in 2021. [map]

Jackson Jewelers
Salem, OR
S.E. Needham
Jewelers
Logan, UT
Fred Mayes Jewelers
Sacramento, CA
Jackson Jewelers opened in 1944. This sign may be from then. For more, see this website. [map]

S.E. Needham Jewelers was established in 1896 as is believed to be the oldest jewelry store in Utah. I don't know how old the street clock in front of the store is. It was probably dressed with the neon and sign in the 1950s. [map]

The Fred Mayes Jewelers clock is believed to have been installed in town the early 1900s. It was originally displayed in front of Wiesen & Monk Jewelers. The clock was surrounded by bulbs at that point. The neon sign which surrounds the clock face was in 1946 when the sign was moved to its current location. Fred Mayes Jewelers moved into the shop in 1963. The clock was donated to the City in 1993. It was restored in 2012 and relit. For more, see this website. [map]

More Street Clock Signs:
Cave's Jewelers (Little Rock, AR)
Katayama Jewelers (Guadalupe, CA)
C. I. Josephsons Jewelers Clock (Moline, IL)
M.A. Selbert Jewelers (Frankfort, KY)
Skuller's Jewelry (Lexington, KY)

Wright's Jewelry Co.
St. Joseph, MO
Wright's Jewelry Co. has been closed since at least 2008 but these signs remain. The clock is surrounded by a neon ring. For more, see this website. [map]

Central Jewelers
Tifton, GA
Stone
Brothers Jewelry
Alton, IL
Luecke Jewelers
Freeport, IL
Lee's Watch & Jewelry [gone]
Kokomo, IN
The Central Jewelers sign has been stripped of its neon and bulbs. It was probably built in the 1950s. The clock appears to be original and has a Bulova label. [map]

Stone Brothers Jewelry sign appears to be from the 1950s. The clock no longer works. The company had many other locations at one time including at least seven of them in St. Louis, MO. [map]

Luecke Jewelers has been here since 1921. The company has another location in Monroe, WI. This sign was previously painted green. [map]

The Lee's Watch & Jewelry sign was probably from the 1950s. This photo is from 2010. By 2012, the sign had been removed and was put up for sale. For more, see this website.

Joe Koen & Son Jewelers
Austin, TX
Sherburne's Jewelers [gone]
Stillwater, MN
Simmons & Clark Jewelers
Detroit, MI

Joe Koen & Son Jewelers was established in 1883. The company moved to this location in 1972 and must have brought along this pre-1950s sign. [map]

Sherburne's Jewelers opened in 1975. Ths sign, which appears to be from the 1950s, must have been adapted from a previous business. In 2013, the business became Johnson Jewelers but the sign remained unchanged. In 2021, the sign was removed and put in storage at Skyline Neon in Minneapolis. For more, see this website.

Simmons & Clark Jewelers opened in 1925 and is still family owned and operated. This sign was installed in the 1950s. [map]

West Carroll
National Bank
Oak Grove, LA
Renberger
Jewelers [gone]
McPherson, KS
Alvin's Jewelry [gone]
Pittsburgh, PA
Edwards Jewelry [gone]
Waltham, MA
The West Carroll National Bank opened in 1947. This sign is probably from then. The bank closed around 1987. The building is now used as a retail space but the sign remains. [map]

Renberger Jewelers opened in 1956 and this sign was installed then. This photo is from 2010. The sign was removed in 2014. After restoration, it was donated to the McPherson Museum where it is displayed. For more, see this website.

The Alvin's Jewelry sign appears to be from the 1950s. This photo is from 2010. By 2011, the business and sign were gone.

Edwards Jewelry had been here since around 1929. When this photo was taken in 2009, the sign's clock was still working and the neon seemed to be in good shape. By 2011, the store was vacant and the sign was gone.

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