California Signs (page 17)

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Venice Room
Monterey Park, CA
Ponzini's Community Garage
Morgan Hill, CA
15 Mile Stop
Morgan Hill, CA
The Venice Room steak house opened in 1955. This sign may be from then. For more, see this website. [map]

Ponzini's Community Garage was founded in 1951. This sign may be older than that. [map]

The name of the 15 Mile Stop must be a reference to it being 15 miles south of San Jose. The restaurant and gas station are long gone but this sign remains. It was probably built in the 1950s. [map]

Budget Motel
Mountain View, CA
Route 66 Motel
Needles, CA
Sage Motel
Needles, CA
The Budget Motel sign appears to be from the 1940s or 1950s. The sign was previously painted blue. It was repainted sometime after 2012. This photo is from 2014. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Route 66 Motel was built from 1946-1947. It has been used for apartments since the 1990s. The sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. It was restored in 2012. [map]

The Sage Motel has been closed for many years but this sign remains. The sign is probably from the 1950s. [map]

More Mountain View Signs:
Fred's Place [map]

Mt. Shasta Signs:
Veteran's Club

Napa Signs:
Bell Products
Depot Hotel Italian Dinners
Family Drug
Uptown Theatre
Val's Liquors

Balboa Pharmacy
Newport Beach, CA
2013: 2019:
The Balboa Pharmacy sign is believed to have been built around 1950 for Gunderson Drug. The name at the top of the sign was painted over many decades ago. The sign was repainted in 2009. In 2017, the sign was becoming precarious and with a nudge from the City, it was cut down between windstorms. A replica was built and installed in 2018. For more, see this website. [map]

Laundromat [gone]
Newport Beach, CA
This Laundromat sign was on the side of a vacant building that most recently housed a spa. There had not been a laundromat there for at least a decade. The sign was probably from the 1950s or 1960s. It was removed around 2020 and is now in a private collection.

Newport Beach, CA
2013: 2019:
The U-Drive sign was built in 1933 for a boat rental business near the Balboa Island ferry. It was restored in 1999 and again in 2014. The sign is still installed next to the ferry. For more, see this website. [map]

Carter Sexton Artist's Materials
North Hollywood, CA
2013: 2018:
Carter Sexton Artist's Materials opened in 1944. This sign is probably from the 1950s. The bottom panel originally read "Picturing Framing." In 2018, the sign was restored with new paint and neon. [map]

Vineland Wine Cellar
North Hollywood, CA
Circus Liquor
North Hollywood, CA
The Vineland Wine Cellar sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. The "liquor" letters were probably neon originally. Around 2019, the rest of the neon letters were backlit plastic. [map]

Circus Liquor opened in 1959 and this sign is probably from then. It is about 25 feet tall. The sign was repainted between the 2008 and 2013 photos shown above. By 2017, the paint had faded again. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Starlite Room (now Starlite Cantina)
North Hollywood, CA
2013: 2015:
The Starlite Room opened in 1955 and this sign is probably from then. In 2013, the bar reopened as the Starlite Cantina. The sign was painted red and white. The neon text was changed from "Room" to "Cantina". [map]

More North Hollywood Signs:
Victorio's Ristorante [gone]

Jolly Jug Liquor Store
Northridge, CA
The Jolly Jug Liquor Store signs are probably from the 1960s. [map]

More Northridge Signs:
Shakey's Pizza Parlor

Norwalk Square Shopping Center
Norwalk, CA
The Norwalk Square Shopping Center was designed by Stiles O. Clements and built from 1951-1954. The sign was updated in the 1980s with the addition of the hoops on the top and the word "Town." For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

More Norwalk Signs:
Torch Room

Pini Hardware
Novato, CA
DeBorba's Cocktail Lounge
Novato, CA
The Pini Hardware sign was installed in 1946 at the store's original location. When the business moved in 2004, the sign was restored and installed inside the new store. The sign may have had an animated hammer originally. For more, see this website.

DeBorba's Cocktail Lounge opened in 1906 as DeBorba's Saloon. This sign is probably from the 1950s or so. DeBorba's closed in 2018 but the sign remains. For more, see this website. [map]

H-B Saloon
Oakdale, CA
Original Occidental
Occidental, CA
Surf Bowl
Oceanside, CA
The H-B Saloon sign is shaped like a sign from the 1940s or 1950s. I don't know if it has always advertised for this business. [map]

Negri's Original Occidental opened in 1943. This sign is probably from the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

The Surf Bowl has been here since at least the early 1960s. The sign has been updated a bit. For more, see this website. [map]

More Oceanside Signs:
Star Theatre

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