Donut Signs (page 4)

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Maple Donuts [gone]
York, PA
Maple Donuts
Goldsboro, PA
The Maple Donuts chain started in 1946. As far as I know, of the four locations in south central Pennsylvania, only these two have the giant donuts.

The York donut mailbox disappeared around 2013. The building was remodeled but the giant donut on the roof remained until around 2017. The location is still open.

The rooftop donut in Goldsboro is still there as of 2016. The donut mailbox is also still there. It has been repainted from nuts to sprinkles. [map]

Twin Donuts
Boston, MA
Dunkin' Donuts [gone]
Quincy, MA
Dunkin' Donuts [gone]
Brighton, MA
Twin Donuts opened in 1953. The name came from the store owner's twin sons which were born that same year. [map]

The Quincy Dunkin' Donuts opened in 1950 and was the company's first location. This reproduction of a 1950 photo was found at a Dunkin' Donuts in Wells, ME. Today, Dunkin' has over 5,000 stores worldwide.

The Brighton Dunkin' Donuts sign was from 1957. It was the last of the original signs. In 2008, the sign was taken down and replaced with a plastic box sign. The last that I heard, the old sign was in a sign yard waiting for a buyer. There was a similar sign in Lake Park, FL but it was removed and sold to a collector in 2021. [photo thanks DinerFan] For more, see this website.

Mello-Creme Donuts
Lima, OH

The Donut Shop
Russells Point, OH
The Mello-Creme Donuts chain was founded in 1946. The giant fiberglass doughnuts were created by using a truck tire inner tube as the mold. These signs may look like they are from the 1950s but they were actually created in 1969 for Hinkle Donuts. Hinkle had two of these signs made for its Lima and Lakeview, OH locations. A few months after Hinkle folded in 1973, these signs were acquired and reworked for Mello Creme Donuts. Mello Creme had eight locations but this is the only one left. The lettering on the Russells Point sign was later changed to "The Donut Shop". Both signs originally revolved on their poles. The Lima sign's neon and chasing bulbs are well-maintained but only lit in the early morning. The Lima store occupies a former Pure Oil gas station. Many examples of this company's cottage style stations can be found throughout this section. [Lima map]; [Russells Point map]

Top Pot Doughnuts
Summit Ave. E.
Seattle, WA

Top Pot Doughnuts
5th Ave.
Seattle, WA
Top Pot Doughnuts
35th Ave. NE
Seattle, WA

Top Pot Doughnuts
NW 46th St.
Seattle, WA
The Top Pot Doughnuts sign at the Summit Ave. E. was salvaged from a local Chinese restaurant. It originally read "Top Spot" but when the "S" fell off after several years in storage, the owners decided to go with "Top Pot" as the name for its new doughnut shop in 2002. [map]

The second location on 5th Ave. also features a repurposed sign. This vertical sign is from the 1940s and originally hung at Western Outfitters in Yakima, WA. In 2003, the sign was restored and the text adapted for Top Pot Doughnuts. The bucking bronco was left intact and the neon bounces back and forth between two mirror images. [map]

In 2005, Top Pot Doughnuts opened its third location on 35th Ave. NE in a former gas station. The giant doughnut on the roof serves as the sign. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

The location on NW 46th St. opened in 2012. This metal, industrial style sign complements the Ballard Blocks building where the store is located. [map]

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