Fresno Signs (page 2)

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144 N. Blackstone Ave.
Fresno, CA
5251 N. Blackstone Ave.
(now Big Fresno Fair)
Fresno, CA
Me-n-Ed's Pizzeria
Fresno, CA
DiCicco's has several locations with most of them in the Fresno area. The sign on the left is at the restaurant's original location. It opened in 1956 and this sign appears to be from then. [map]

The second sign shown above was at a shopping center location. It was in bad shape in 2008. The sign was repainted by the time of the 2013 photo above. This location closed in 2018 and the sign is now displayed at the Big Fresno Fair. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

The Me-n-Ed's Pizzeria chain was founded in Sacramento in 1958. The company quickly expanded to the Bay Area and Fresno. This sign appears to be from the 1950s or 1960s. There are a couple of other vintage Me-n-Ed's signs in Canada and one at CNI Signs in Fresno. [map]

F Street Plaza Mini Mall
Fresno, CA
Electric Motor Shop
Fresno, CA
This leaf-shaped sign has been reworked for the F Street Plaza Mini Mall. In the early 2000s, this sign was painted red. It has been painted green since around 2008. These photos are from 2013. Does anyone know what business this sign advertised for originally? [map]

The Electric Motor Shop was founded in 1913. This sign appears to be a replica of an older sign. This business may have been related to the Selma Electric Motor Shop. For more, see this website. [map]

Arrow Electric Motor Service
Fresno, CA
Arrow Electric Motor Service was established in 1949. This sign may be from then. [map]

Baskin's Auto Supply
Fresno, CA
Chicken Pie Shop
Fresno, CA
Baskin's Auto Supply installed this sign in 1956. It was refurbished in 2002. The sign was added to Fresno's Local Register of Historic Resources in 2008. [map]

The Chicken Pie Shop opened in 1956 and closed in 2019. This sign may be from the 1960s. [map]

Bekins Moving and Storage
Fresno, CA
Bekins Moving and Storage was established in Los Angeles in 1906. The company is now headquartered in Indianapolis, IN. In the 1920s, the company built other locations in Berkeley, Sacramento, Pasadena, and West Hollywood, CA. This Fresno building was built in 1926. The neon at the bottom part of the sign apparently alternated between "Moving" and "Storage". I believe this is the last vintage Bekins sign left in California. The others have been either removed or repurposed. There was a pole sign in Oklahoma City, OK which is gone now, too. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Komoto's Department Store
Fresno, CA
Cobb's Hardware
Fresno, CA
The Komoto's Department Store opened in 1908. These signs are probably from the 1950s. The blade sign was repainted around 2020, just before these photos were taken. The Asia Hotel was located on the second floor. That sign was also repainted at the same time. [map]

The Cobb's Hardware sign has been there since at least 1959. It was restored around 2019. For more, see this website. [map]

Del-Mar Motel [gone]
Fresno, CA
Annie's Hollywood Inn [gone]
Fresno, CA
The Del-Mar Motel sign was probably from the 1950s or earlier. These photos are from 2013. The sign was removed around 2016. For more, see this website.

Annie's Hollywood Inn was a bar not a motel. The sign was built in the late 1930s or early 1940s. The Hollywood Inn had been closed for many years. However, this sign was still there when this photo was taken in 2013. In 2014, the building was demolished. The sign was put up for sale on eBay. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

La Vogue Beauty Shop
Fresno, CA
The La Vogue Beauty Shop opened in 1924 and is still operating. This sign appears to be from then or shortly after that. It must have been a double-sided hanging sign originally. The hoops on top of the sign are an indication of that as well. The tin border around the sign is typical of signs from the 1920s or 1930s. The perforations for the backlit "Beauty Shop" letters also indicate the sign is from that era. The letters were either flat or raised opal glass. For more, see this website. [map]

Inn [gone]
Fresno, CA
Dale Bros. Coffee
Fresno, CA
This Econo Inn arrow sign was about 15 feet tall. It was probably from the 1950s or 1960s. The neon was sequentially animated. It was removed around 2021. For more, see this website.

The coffee can shaped Dale Bros. Coffee sign was built around 1937 and originally revolved. This rooftop sign was lit with green and white neon. The company's logo featuring a hooded monk is still visible. The sign is a registered local landmark. The building previously housed the company's roasting plant. [map]

Astro Motel [gone]
Fresno, CA
Sunlite Market
Fresno, CA
The Astro Motel sign appeared to be from the 1950s or 1960s. The neon rings at the top of the sign were sequentially animated. In 2015, the sign was destroyed when the motel was demolished for a high speed rail line. For more, see this website.

The Sunlite Market and sign are from the 1950s. The sign was repainted between these 2008 and 2013 photos above. By 2018, the sign had been painted over. [map]

Rainbow Ballroom
Fresno, CA
The Rainbow Ballroom building was constructed in 1918. It was originally used as an indoor swimming pool known as the Fresno Natatorium. In 1924, after a fire, the pool was filled in and turned into a dance floor. The Rainbow Ballroom featured big bands in the 1930s and 1940s. It is still operating as a music venue. These may be replicas or refurbished vintage signs. For more, see this website. [map]

Midway Liquors
Fresno, CA
Sequoia Motel
Fresno, CA
The Midway Liquors sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. For more, see this website. [map]

The Sequoia Motel was probably built in the 1950s or 1960s. The sign on the roof was originally painted red and there was a number 5 where the tree now is. For more, see this photo. [map]

San Francisco Floral [gone]
Fresno, CA
San Francisco Floral was founded in Fresno in 1913. This downtown location opened later. This photo is from 2008. By 2013, the business had moved and this sign was gone.

Security Bank
Fresno, CA
The Security Bank building was built in 1925 for the Pacific Southwest Trust and Savings Bank. The neon sign was built by the Fresno Neon Sign Company. It appears to be from the 1950s. There was a least one other identical sign, possibly three others, on the other side(s) of the building. [map]

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