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Alabama Signs (page 1)

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downtown sign collection
Abbeville, AL
These vintage signs hang above simulated storefronts. They belong to Jimmy Rane and are part of his effort to revitalize his hometown of Abbeville. Since 1996, Rane and his company "Great Southern Wood" have spent more than $1 million on local projects. Nearly every building downtown is filled with memorabilia that Rane has collected over the years. The buildings behind the false storefronts are used as storage. Most if not all of these signs are presumably not from Abbeville originally. In 2006, Huggin' Molly's restaurant opened downtown. It contains a replica soda fountain as well as more of Rane's collection. For more, see this website. [map]

More Abbeville Signs:
Standard Oil

Masonic Lodge
Anniston, AL
Western Auto
Anniston, AL
Vann Thomas
Motel [gone]
Anniston, AL
American Legion
Atmore, AL
Walker Drug Store
Attalla, AL
This Masonic Lodge sign appears to be vintage. My guess would be 1950s or 1960s. [map]

This Western Auto store chain was founded in 1909 in Kansas City, MO, selling auto parts and accessories. It grew to more than 5,000 company-owned and associate stores across the country. The stores expanded their product lines to include appliances, electronics, hardware, outdoor equipment, and bicycles. Over the years, the company was bought out by several other companies including Sears and Advance Auto Parts. Although the use of the Western Auto name was ruled illegal in 2006, a few stores are still hold-outs including this one in Anniston and others in Grafton, VA and Minden, LA. This location in Anniston had opened by the 1930s. It continues to sell lawnmowers, appliances, and toys. Most of the remaining projecting signs on public display have been repurposed by other businesses. The giant Western Auto rooftop sign in Kansas City survives. For more, see this website. [map]

The Vann Thomas Motel has been here since at least 1958. However, a postcard shows that it had a different sign then. This sign was missing the bottom half of the arrow when this photo was taken in 2010. By 2013, the sign was gone. For more, see this website.

This American Legion post was established around 1926. This sign originally had neon and was probably built in the 1950s. [map]

The Walker Drug Store is gone but this sign remains. [map]

More Anniston Signs:
Goal Post Bar-B-Q

Ashland Signs:
Kelvinator

More Attalla Signs:
Alabama Power Company

Bob Sykes Bar-B-Q
Bessemer, AL
Loyle Seymour Jewelers
Bessemer, AL
Bob Sykes Bar-B-Q opened in 1957 as an ice cream and hamburger stand in Birmingham. In 1968, the restaurant moved to Bessemer. This sign appears to be from then. In 1977, the restaurant moved to its current location. I'm assuming that this sign was brought along. [map]

Loyle Seymour Jewelers opened in 1957 and these signs are probably from then. In 1964, the store moved two doors down to this location. It closed in 2020 just after these photos were taken. For more, see this website. [map]

More Bessemer Signs:
Bright Star Restaurant: 1, 2, 3

Jefferson County
Truck Growers Association
Farmers Market
Birmingham, AL
Andrew's Bar-B-Q [gone]
Birmingham, AL
Prince Hall Grand Lodge
Birmingham, AL
Atlanta
Life Insurance
Birmingham, AL
The Jefferson County Truck Growers Association Farmers Market has been here since 1956 and the sign would appear to be from then. For more, see this website. [map]

Andrew's Bar-B-Q opened in 1947 and this sign is probably from then. The building is now vacant. The sign was still there in 2021 but gone by 2022.

The Prince Hall Grand Lodge was built in 1922. This Masonic sign is probably from the 1930s or 1940s. [map]

The Atlanta Life Insurance sign hangs above the Prince Hall sign. It is probably from the 1940s. [map]

Vogue Cleaners
Birmingham, AL
Tourway Inn
Birmingham, AL
Marsh Bakery [gone]
Birmingham, AL
Vogue Cleaners opened in 1947 and this sign appears to be from then. [map]

The Tourway Inn sign is probably from the 1960s or 1970s. There were about a half-dozen locations in Alabama and Florida. I believe this is the last location still operating and the only surviving sign. Around 2011, the plastic panels on top were replaced. They originally had a cute character holding suitcases. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

This Marsh Bakery store closed in 2005 when the company moved to a new location. The sign was still there in 2010 when this photo was taken. It was gone by 2011. Marsh moved to this former Frostop location in 1967. The bakery repainted the Frostop mug as a pink cake and added new neon. By 1999, the sign was in bad shape and the panels were rebuilt. The cake took on the two-layered look as shown in the photo above, keeping the internal support structure from the Frostop mug. I don't know if this sign ever revolved like the mugs did.

New Ideal
Department Store
Birmingham, AL
YWCA
Birmingham, AL
Wheaten
Printing Co. [gone]
Birmingham, AL
The New Ideal Department Store was founded in 1980 as the Ideal Department Store. The store specialized in women's clothing. The business moved to this building in 1935. In 1941, the store moved to the corner and "New" was added to the name. This sign was most likely built then. The store closed around 1990 but the sign remains. The neon was removed around 2019. [map]

This YWCA moved to this building in 1948. This sign is probably from then. [map]

The Wheaten Printing Co. was closed when this photo was taken in 2010. The sign was probably from the 1940s or 1950s. It was gone by 2015.

Hunter Furniture
Birmingham, AL
2007: 2020:
Hunter Furniture was founded in 1920 and closed in 2009. This sign was probably built in the 1950s. In 2010, the sign was adapted for Dog Days of Birmingham. For more, see this website. [map]

Bebco Building
Birmingham, AL
Bebco, the Birmingham Electric Battery Company, was established in 1913. This building is from 1926 and was used as the company's garage. The building was restored in 2005 and is now used for office space. These signs remain from the Bebco days. The Carburetor sign is still there but the United Motors and Bebco text signs were gone by 2019. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Berthon's Cleaners
Birmingham, AL
Berthon's Cleaners was established in 1918. These signs are probably from the 1950s. [map]

16th Street Baptist Church
Birmingham, AL
Sherrill Auto
Paint & Body Co.
Birmingham, AL
Town Motel
Birmingham, AL
This 16th St. Baptist Church sign is a 2008 replica of an older sign. The original was probably from the 1940s or 1950s. [map]

The Sherrill Auto Paint & Body Co. was established in 1929. The sign features a giant hand and what looks like a business card. It is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

The Town Motel was built in 1951 and this sign appears to be from then. It must have been inspired by the Holiday Inn "great sign". For more, see this website. [map]

More Birmingham Signs:
Alabama Power Company
Barber's Milk [gone]
Bogue's Restaurant [gone]
Catfish Cabin [vintage; gone]
Dairy Snack [vintage; gone]
Goodyear Shoe Hospital
International Tractor
Motel Birmingham [gone]
Penny Dog Food
Ted's Restaurant
Uniform House of Dixie
WENN Radio

Book: Vintage Birmingham Signs

Club Whitehorse
Brewton, AL
Cherokee Plaza
Centre, AL
Big Bull Family
Restaurant [gone]
Cropwell, AL
The Club Whitehorse appears to be closed but this sign remains on the roof. The bar/restaurant was here by 1948 when it was known as the White Horse Inn. This sign is probably from around then. [map]

I believe the Cherokee Plaza shopping center opened in 1975. [map]

The Big Bull Family Restaurant was long gone but this sign was still there in 2010 when this photo was taken. By 2013, the sign was gone. The bull's legs were originally animated.

Blountsville Signs:
Blountsville Pharmacy

Clanton Signs:
Dari-Delite

Cottondale Signs:
Oasis Tavern [gone]

Cullman Signs:
Hospital Discount Pharmacy

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