California Signs (page 30)

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Taco King
Upland, CA
2013: 2023:
Taco King opened in 1959 as Taka Taco. It was later known as Ozzie's Oasis, Taco Jify, and House of 19. In 1975, it became Taco King. The sign has been there since at least the early 1970s. By 2017, the sign had been repainted. In 2018, the business was put up for sale. In 2022, a Rally's was built on the site. This sign remains with a Rally's sign below. For more, see this website. [map]

Pietro's Pizza
Vacaville, CA
Lineman's Club
Vacaville, CA
Pietro's Pizza opened in 1956. This sign is probably from then. For more, see this website. [map]

The Lineman's Club bar sign was originally installed in Oakland, CA. The sign was probably from the 1950s. There was originally a neon-shaped martini on top of the horizontal panel above the "B". In 2013, the sign was restored and installed on the side of the IBEW Local 1245 building. For more, see this website. [map]

Vacaville U-Save Liquor
Vacaville, CA
2014: 2019:
Vacaville U-Save Liquor was part of a Northern California liquor store chain. This photo is from 2014. By 2016, the neon had been removed the sign was repainted. By 2018, the neon had been reinstalled. There are locations with similar signs in Merced, CA, Fresno, CA, and elsewhere. [map]

Vacaville, CA
2008: 2014:
The Ranchotel motel opened in 1953. This sign is probably from then. The neon horseshoe on top of the sign is gone now. The bottom of the sign is obscured by trees. For more, see this website. [map]

Kay's Auto Sales
Vallejo, CA
2014: 2018:
The Kay's Auto Sales sign appears to be from the 1950s or 1960s. Around 2018, the neon was removed and the sign was adapted for Ly's Auto. By 2021, the letters were painted over. [map]

Relay Club
Vallejo, CA
Red Men's Hall
Vallejo, CA
Heart's Coffee Shop
Van Nuys, CA
The Relay Club sign is probably from the 1940s or 1950s. [map]

This Red Men's Hall was built in 1925. The Improved Order of Red Men is a fraternal organization. This sign is probably from the 1940s or 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

Heart's Coffee Shop opened in 1954 as Harvey's Restaurant. It became Heart's Coffee Shop by 1967. The sign appears to be from then. In 2023, the restaurant closed after a roof collapse. [map]

Hart's Jewelers & Pawn Shop
Van Nuys, CA
The Hart's Jewelers & Pawn Shop signs were installed by 1955. The horizontal text under the hearts originally read "Credit" while the vertical text read "Jewelers." The two panels on the face of the building were probably back-to-back as a double-sided pole sign originally. [map]

More Van Nuys:
Valley Relics Museum

Allan's Aquarium & Pet Center
Venice, CA
Allan's Aquarium & Pet Center opened in 1967. These signs are probably from then. These photos are from 2013. In 2016, the store moved to a new location and the building was sold. The new owner plans to keep the neon signs. In 2018, the building was being renovated. The signs were still there in 2022. [map]

Lincoln Hardware
Venice, CA
El Patio
Ventura, CA
State Cafe and State Hotel
Ventura, CA
I believe Lincoln Hardware has been here since 1930. This sign is probably from the 1950s. [map]

The El Patio Hotel was built in the 1930s and this sign appears to be from then. The hotel is now used for low-cost housing. [map]

The main State Cafe sign was adapted for the Star Lounge. The sign was originally painted red. There was a small "The" panel at the top which is missing now. The bottom of the sign read "Open 24 Hours". The State Hotel sign, shown above on the right, is in the alley next to the building. I assume that it was located on the front of the building originally. Both signs are lit at night. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Hong Kong Inn
Ventura, CA
2012: 2014:
The Hong Kong Inn was established in 1964. The restaurant moved to this location in 1973. In 2012, the owners retired and closed the restaurant. However, in 2014, new owners reopened the restaurant and the sign was restored. In 2020, the restaurant closed and a Mexican restaurant moved in. The top plastic panel was replaced with one for Vaquero y Mar. For more, see this website. [map]

Rogers' Pharmacy
Ventura, CA


Rogers' Pharmacy opened in 1956 as the Midway Pharmacy. The building and sign were built then. The sign was restored in 2019. [map]

OCO Tool Company [gone]
Ventura, CA
Silver Sands Motel
Ventura, CA
The OCO Tool Company was established in 1940 and this sign may have been from then. This photo is from 2012. By 2015, the sign was gone.

The Silver Sands Motel was probably built in the 1950s. [map]

Casa de Soria Cafe
Ventura, CA
2012: 2014:
Casa de Soria Cafe supposedly opened in 1958. Apparently, the restaurant that was here by 1966 went by the name of El Tecolote. This neon owl sign must have been installed for that business. The sign was probably updated with the plastic panel or built entirely in the 1960s. The sign was restored in 2014. There were three, related El Tecolote restaurants. The one in Simi is gone but the one in Camarillo, CA is still there and has a neon owl sign. [map]

Surf Liquor
Ventura, CA
2012: 2014:
The Surf Liquor sign was probably built in the 1950s or 1960s. In 2014, the neon "Liquor" letters were replaced with backlit plastic letters. The rest of the sign is no longer lit. [map]

Bayshore Inn Motel
Ventura, CA
2012: 2013:
The Bayshore Inn Motel was originally built as the Circle W Motel. At some point, this 1950s-looking sign was reworked for the Bayshore Inn. In 2013, the sign was reworked and the neon "Motel" letters were replaced with backlit plastic letters. [map]

Lindsay Insurance
Ventura, CA
Loop Motor Lodge [gone]
Ventura, CA
Lindsay Insurance is long gone as well as the building that this sign was installed on. It was originally a projecting sign and is probably from the 1950s. I believe the text on the sign was originally "Lindsay & Buchanan." The sign is now tucked around an alley near its original location. [map]

The Loop Motor Lodge sign appears to be from the 1950s. The "motel" blade sign was a later addition. The "loops" around the edge of the round sign were probably sequentially lit originally. All of the neon was removed in 2021 and backlit plastic letters were installed. For more, see this website.

Mission Bell Motel [gone]
Ventura, CA
The Mission Bell Motel was built in 1929 as the Mission Bell Motor Court. There was originally a neon rooftop sign with that name which is gone now. The blade sign mmight have been installed at the same time. It was there by 1939. There were two of them, installed on each side of the building's corner. The one facing east was replaced with the "MOTEL" panel at some point. The neon bell on the tower was there by 1948. The bell was probably animated at one time. The Mission Bell Cafe closed in 1998. Since 2008, it has housed McConnell's Ice Cream Parlor. These photos are from 2012. In 2022, these signs were basically ruined with plastic-faced, channel letters. For more, see this website. [map]

Tony's Pizzaria
Ventura, CA
Tony's Pizzaria was established in 1959 and was originally located on Figueroa St. The business moved to its current location in 1963. The panels on the sign pole next to the business were from 1945. They advertised for a hamburger stand which closed decades ago and the panels had been painted over since then. In 2017, the painted plywood panel on the building was removed and replaced with a neon sign. In 2018, the sign pole panels were painted for Tony's. In 2022, neon and bulbs were added to the pole sign. Dave's Signs did the work for both the building and pole signs. [map]

More Ventura:
Shakey's Pizza Parlor
Ventura Leather

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