California Signs (page 1)

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California has more vintage signs left than any other state. However, there are dozens of losses each year either through removal or bad remodeling. There are nearly 2,000 photos in this section and 59 pages, organized alphabetically by city. The page links at the bottom may help you navigate to the cities that you are looking for (major cities with their own pages in green). Of course, you can also use the white keyword search box near the top left of any page to find specific cities or business names. That method will also lead you to other signs that are not in this section and other things that might interest you.

Club Mallard
Albany, CA
Club Mallard opened in 1945. This sign may be from then. [map]

Max's Liquor
Albany, CA
The Max's Liquors signs are probably from the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

Hotsy Totsy Club
Albany, CA
Albany Bowl
Albany, CA
The Hotsy Totsy Club opened around 1939. The sign was restored in 2008. This photo is from 2014. For more, see this website. [map]

The Albany Bowl has been here since at least 1953. [map]

Ivy Room
Albany, CA
The Ivy Room opened in the 1940s. This sign is probably from the 1950s. Around 2006, the sign panels were extended on top for the name Kingman's. This addition has now been painted over. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Twohey's Restaurant [gone]
Alhambra, CA
Sahara Motel
Anaheim, CA
Robin Hood Motel
Anaheim, CA
Twohey's Restaurant was established in 1943 in Pasadena. The original sign featured the spelling of the name as "2 EE's". The mascot known as "Little Stinko" had animated tears. The restaurant moved to this Alhambra location in the 1950s. This three-sided sign was built in 1990. Twohey's is famous for its Stinko Burgers which are smothered with onions. The restaurant had car hop service until 1977 when the building was remodeled. In 2019, the sign was removed and put in storage as the restaurant prepared to move to a new location in South Pasadena, CA. The owner will display the sign at new location. It's not clear if that will be outside or inside. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Sahara Motel was built in 1959. The sign was built by Santa Ana Neon. It has been repainted over the years but the shapes and font have not changed. It appears that the globe on top originally revolved. From the perforations, it appears it was probably backlit as well. The first photo above is from 2013. At the end of 2015 or early 2016, the sign was repainted. The second and third photos are from 2017. The name and font must have been inspired by the former Sahara Hotel sign in Las Vegas, NV. [map]

I believe the Robin Hood Motel sign is probably from the late 1950s or 1960s. It is virtually the same as it was originally. The first photo is from 2013. The second and third photos are from 2017 after the sign had been repainted and the plastic panels had been replaced. For more, see this website. [map]

More Alhambra Signs:

Alturas Signs:
Niles Theatre

Anchor Motel
Anaheim, CA
Angel Stadium
Anaheim, CA
Americana Motel
Anaheim, CA
Linbrook Family Billiards
Anaheim, CA
The Anchor Motel was built in 1954. The original sign was replaced with this one in 1959. For more, see this website. [map]

The Angel Stadium baseball park was built from 1964-1966. This 23-story tall "Big A" sign was originally used inside the park as a scoreboard support. In the late 1970s, this sign was moved to the parking lot. The halo is lit at night when the Angels win a game. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4. [map]

The Americana Motel was built in 1958. This sign is probably from then. The hole in the middle originally had a backlit plastic panel that read Swim Pool [scan thanks Heather David]. In 2018, it was announced that the property would be developed and the motel would be demolished. It is not yet known what will happen with the sign. [map]

The Linbrook Family Billiards sign might be from the 1960s or 1970s. [map]

Linbrook Bowl
Anaheim, CA
The Linbrook Bowl opened in 1958. This sign is believed to be from then. It is about 25 feet tall and features a revolving bowling pin. The "BOWL" letters are lit with scintillating, flashing bulbs. [map]

Paul Kott Realtors
Anaheim, CA
Pool Center
Anaheim, CA
La Palma Chicken Pie Shop [gone]
Anaheim, CA
Paul Kott Realtors was established in 1982. This sign originally advertised for Tom Key Realty. It might be from the 1960s. [map]

The Ben-Key Pool Center sign is probably from the 1960s. The building was demolished in 2015. In 2016, the sign was adapted for a Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles. [map]

The La Palma Chicken Pie Shop opened in 1956. This sign is probably from then. The sign was repainted and the neon repaired in 2012. These photos are from 2013. In 2016, the business closed. The top part of the sign with the chicken and the panel with the "La Palma" text was saved and is now in the collection of the Museum of Neon Art. It is not known what will happen with the rest of the sign. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

More Anaheim Signs:
Doll Hut
Original Pancake House
Prestige Hobbies
Skyview Motel [vintage; gone]
Wonder Bowl [vintage; gone]

ABC Rendezvous
Antioch, CA
Buffalo Trading Post
Apple Valley, CA
The ABC Rendezvous bar sign is probably from the 1950s. [map]

The Buffalo Trading Post sign was built in 1960. It was originally installed much closer to the ground. The sign now advertises for Dr. Yoonho Chang. The sign was restored in 2019. [map]

More Antioch Signs:
Mac's Old House

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