California Signs (page 3)

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Shore Acres
Bay Point, CA
2014: 2020:
This Shore Acres sign is installed above the Joe's Hot Dogs building which is located in the Shore Acres Shopping Center. It appears to be from the 1950s. The sign was repainted around 2019. The neon tubing was removed. [map]

Motel [gone]
Bell, CA
Mill-Jack's Mobile Home Park
Bellflower, CA
The Stardust Motel sign was probably built in the 1960s. The sign was restored around 2014 just before this photo was taken. By 2017, it was replaced with a plastic box sign for the Diamond Bell Inn & Suites. For more, see this website.

Mill-Jack's Mobile Home Park may have gone by a different name originally. The sign probably had neon. [map]

Allied Muffler
Bellflower, CA
American Wheel & Tire
Bellflower, CA
Allied Muffler opened in 1952 and this sign is probably from then. [map]

I'm pretty sure the American Wheel & Tire sign is vintage. [map]

Johnson Jewelers
Bellflower, CA
2008: 2019:
Johnson Jewelers opened in 1954 and this sign appeared to be from then. The store was closed and vacant in 2012. In 2016, the neon was removed and the sign was repainted to read "Shops on Bellflower". For more, see this website. [map]

Boos Window
& Floor Coverings
Bellflower, CA
Five Star Liquor
Bellflower, CA
Boos Window & Floor Coverings opened in 1945. This sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

The Five Star Liquor sign incorporates parking lot lights into its design. It was repainted sometime between 2008 and 2012, when these photos were taken. By 2019, the neon was removed and the letters were replaced with backlit plastic. [map]

Chris & Pitts Bar-B-Q
Bellflower, CA
Chris & Pitts Bar-B-Q
Downey, CA
The Chris & Pitts Bar-B-Q chain was founded in Lynwood, CA in 1940. The Bellflower location was the fourth one built. I don't know if any of the other buildings were painted in this log cabin style. [map]

The Downey location was the sixth in the chain. I'm told this is not the restaurant's original sign. [map]

The Chris & Pitts' Van Nuys location closed in 2003. However, the neon sign was saved. Part of it went to the Museum of Neon Art in Glendale, CA and the other part is at the American Sign Museum in Cincinnati, OH. For more, see this website.

More Bellflower Signs:
Victory Drugs [gone]

Belmont, CA
Lariat Tavern
Belmont, CA
Harbor Bar
Belmont, CA
Econo-Doormasters opened here around 1939. The sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. The genie character was developed by the Genie Garage Door Company and used in its advertising. For more, see this website. [map]

The Lariat Tavern sign was probably built in the 1950s. The "Tavern" text on the sign looks suspiciously modern to me. There may have been different wording there originally. The sign was temporarily removed in 2018 and reinstalled while work was being done on the building. For more, see this website. [map]

The Harbor Bar sign might be from the 1960s. [map]

Welcome sign
Ben Lomond, CA
The Ben Lomond Welcome sign is probably from the 1930s or so. The neon was restored around 2009. [map]

Pic-N-Pac Liquors
Berkeley, CA
Paul's Shoe Repair Service
Berkeley, CA
Pic-n-Pac Liquors was evidently a Bay Area chain. There are a few locations left but this is the only one that I know of with a neon sign. The sign might be from the 1960s or later. There is another store in El Cerrito with a plastic sign. [map]

Paul's Shoe Repair Service opened in 1957. This sign appears to be from then. [map]

One Hour Martinizing Cleaners
Berkeley, CA
Central Launderette
Berkeley, CA
These One Hour Martinizing Cleaners signs are probably from the 1960s. The dry cleaning chain was established in 1949. For more, see this website. [map]

The Central Launderette was established in 1948 and this sign is probably from then. [map]

Star Grocery
Berkeley, CA
The Star Grocery was established in 1922. The store moved to this location in 1942. This sign was added during a 1949 expansion. For more, see this website. [map]

More Berkeley Signs:
California Theatre
Hotel Durant
Spenger's Fresh Fish Grotto

Beverly Hills Signs:
Earl Scheib

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