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Birmingham Signs

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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 there since 1956 and the sign was installed then. The sign was restored in 2023 by Magic City Signs with new paint and neon. 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.

Alabama
Power Company
Birmingham, AL
New Ideal
Department Store
Birmingham, AL
YWCA
Birmingham, AL
Wheaten
Printing Co. [gone]
Birmingham, AL
The Alabama Power Company sign is probably from the 1950s. The sign company the produced it is indicated at the bottom of the panels as Dixie Neon Birmingham. [map]

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. [gone]
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. This sign featured a giant hand holding a business card. It was probably from the 1950s or 1960s. The sign was removed in 2022.

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:
A.G. Gaston Motel
Alabama Power Company
Barber's Milk [gone]
Bogue's Restaurant [gone]
Catfish Cabin [vintage; gone]
Dairy Snack [vintage; gone]
Goodyear Shoe Hospital
Motel Birmingham [gone]
Penny Dog Food
Ted's Restaurant
Tractor & Equipment Company
Uniform House of Dixie [map]
WENN Radio [gone]

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