Clock Signs (page 2)

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Jack Robbins Clothes [gone]
Chicago, IL
Better Roofing &
Siding Co. [gone]
Chicago, IL
Photo Supply [gone]
Chicago, IL
Conrad & Son Hardware
& Supply Co. [gone]
Chicago, IL
Jack Robbins Clothes opened in 1930 and closed in 2006. Another business moved in and draped the sign with a vinyl one of its own, breaking off the sign's still functioning neon. The Robbins sign combined red neon and flashing bulbs. The piece containing the clock on one side and an “R” on the other was originally a spinning element. The sign remained until 2009 when it was destroyed in a building fire. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

The Better Roofing & Siding Co. sign was missing its neon but it was otherwise well-preserved. The business closed in 2010 and the sign went to a private collector. For more, see this website.

Marquette Photo Supply was established in 1947. The sign was built in the late 1950s by the Ad Deluxe Sign Co. Unlike production signs with brand names, this sign was unique. Permission had to be obtained from Kodak before it was built. The sign is not currently operating. When it was lit, it featured pink and gold neon. The clock was backlit and the arrow had chasing bulbs. The owner passed away in 2017 and the store closed soon after that. The sign was removed in 2018 and is now in a private collection. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

The Conrad & Son Hardware & Supply Co. signs were probably from the 1950s. They were removed in 2018. The hanging sign is now in a private collection.

Granville Picture Framing
Chicago, IL
Clark-Devon Hardware
Chicago, IL
Laundry World
Berwyn, IL
Granville Picture Framing was established in 1936. These signs are probably from the 1940s or 1950s. The store closed in 2017. In 2019, the building was still vacant and the signs still there. [map]

Clark-Devon Hardware opened in 1924. This clock sign was built around 2007. It is 11 feet in diameter and weighs more than 3,000 pounds. The clock features giant wrenches for hands. There is a spinning saw blade at the middle. [map]

This Laundry World sign is a reworked Color Tile sign. Color Tile was there from at least 1978 until at least 1990. The oval shaped piece on top must have revolved at one point. Now it just blows a bit in the wind. This photo is from 2009. By 2014, the neon "Laundry" letters at the top of the sign had been replaced with plastic letters. For more, see this website. [map]

Walter C. Knack Co. [gone]
Dixon, IL
Time Deli
San Jose, CA
The Walter C. Knack Co. business is long gone. I think it was a vending machine company. The sign was gone by 2022.

The Time Deli sign was installed around 1950 when the business was known as the Time Market. The store closed in 2017. A shoe store moved into the building and this sign remains. The building and clock face have been painted gray. [map]

Fort Knox
Alameda, CA
Eagle Cafe
Fresno, CA
Fort Knox of Alameda buys and sells gold, silver, coins, and jewelry. The store housed different pharmacies from 1921 through the 1960s. The original sign was adapted for Fort Knox in the 1970s or 1980s. [map]

The Eagle Cafe was closed when this photo was taken in 2013. The eagle's animated wings and the clock haven't worked for many years. [map]

Rolling Pin Donuts
San Bruno, CA
Alcatraz Shade Shop
Oakland, CA
Kleen Rite Cleaners
Hopkinsville, KY
Clabber Girl
Terre Haute, IN
Rolling Pin Donuts opened in 1958. This sign may be from then. The ripple tin panels might indicate that it is even older. The clock has rolling pin hands. For more, see this website. [map]

The Alcatraz Shade Shop was established in 1954 and this sign may be from then. [map]

The Kleen Rite Cleaners has it all: plastic, neon, bulbs, a clock and flags. [map]

This Clabber Girl billboard has been here since the 1930s. Clabber Girl baking powder was developed in Terre Haute. In the 1930s and 1940s, Clabber Girl billboards were installed nationwide in an advertising campaign similar to that of Mail Pouch Tobacco. The sign was restored in 2019. For more, see this website. [map]

Motel [gone]
Seattle, WA
Paradise Trailer Court
San Leandro, CA
Dana Point Nursery
Dana Point, CA
Dick's Auto Rebuilders
Yuma, AZ
The Klose-In Motel opened in 1930 as the Klose Inn Auto Court. This sign was built in 1951. The sign was restored shortly after this photo was taken in 2008. There was a natural gas explosion in 2014 that damaged the motel. The motel was demolished in 2017 and the sign was removed. It is now in storage at the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI). For more, see this website.

The Paradise Trailer Court sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. For more, see this website. [map]

The Dana Point Nursery opened in 1947 and this sign may be from then. The sign was refurbished sometime after 2010. This photo is from 2013. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Dick's Auto Rebuilders was established in 1964. This sign is probably from the 1950s. [map]

East Lawn Memorial Park
Sacramento, CA
Colonial Chapel
Oakland, CA
Funeral Home [gone]
St. Louis, MO
The East Lawn Memorial Park opened in 1904. The neon clock sign appears to be from the 1930s. It features ripple tin panels. For more, see this website. [map]

The Colonial Chapel funeral home was established in 1941. When the company moved to its present location in 1948, it brought along its rooftop neon letters and clock which remain. The rooftop letters were a frequent target of rock-throwing vandals so they are now faced with plastic. This pole sign was built in 1950. . The neon letters are lit in gold. The backlit plastic clock face is part of the sign's original design. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Southern Funeral Home was established in 1908. The company moved to this location in 1929. This sign is probably from then. In 2011, the building was put up for sale. The sign disappeared in 2013. I'm told that it was removed illegally by a sign collector.

Encino Park Liquor
Encino, CA
The Encino Park Liquor sign is probably from the 1950s. The clock no longer works but the neon star part of the sign is still animated. [map]

Bank of Stockton
Stockton, CA
This Bank of Stockton building was constructed in 1907 for the Stockton Savings & Loan Society. There was a neon sign for that bank in the 1920s. The "Time to Save" sign with the clock was installed below that sign by the mid-1950s. The bank's name was changed in 1958 and this sign was installed then. [map]

National Bank
Junction City, KS
Bank [gone]
Washington, DC
Community Bank
Las Vegas, NM
First National Bank
Carlyle, IL
Fowler State Bank
Fowler, CO
The Central National Bank sign appears to be from the 1950s. The sign was missing in 2018. But it was back by 2019. [map]

The Industrial Bank sign appears to be from the 1950s. This photo is from 2010. The sign was missing in 2016. The building was restored in 2017. The sign was still missing in 2018.

The Community First Bank previously advertised for First National Bank. It was previously installed on the next block. The neon was removed and the sign was repainted sometime between 2007 and when this photo was taken in 2012. For more, see this website. [map]

The clock works on this First National Bank sign and the neon appears to be intact. [map]

The Fowler State Bank projecting sign is probably from the late 1940s or 1950s. There are also time and temperature clocks on the facade. The digital clock and temperature sign might be from the 1950s or 1960s. The temperature clock below it might be from the late 1940s. For more, see this website. [map]

Elizabeth Banking Center
Elizabeth, IL
2009: 2010:
The Elizabeth Banking Center sign appears to be from the 1930s or 1940s. The sign originally read "Elizabeth State Bank". The bank closed in 2009 and the sign was adapted to read "Elizabeth Banking Center." The revolving clock and temperature panels below the neon panels appear to be modern replacements. [map]

Farmers State Bank
Stanberry, MO
This Farmers State Bank sign might have been located elsewhere. It stands next to a drive-up ATM location now. By 2022, the neon sign panel had been replaced with a plastic panel for another bank. The clock remains. [map]

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