Sacramento Signs (page 2)

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Wakano Ura
Chop Suey [gone]
Sacramento, CA
Ring Up Rivett
Sacramento, CA
Harlow's Restaurant & Nightclub
Sacramento, CA
Wakano Ura Chop Suey opened in 1923. The restaurant closed in 2008. This sign was built by EPCO in 1959. It was removed in 2015.

This Ring Up Rivett sign advertised for H.W. Rivett Flooring. The company was established in 1884 and closed in 2006. This sign is probably from the 1940s or 1950s. As of 2015, the sign was still there. [map]

Harlow's Restaurant & Nightclub was established in 1982. This sign must have been built then unless it was adapted from another business. The sign was originally installed in front of the bar. A sign with a message board replaced it. This neon sign is now located in the patio area behind the building.

Schroeder's Shoe Repair
Sacramento, CA
shoe sign [gone]
Sacramento, CA
The Schroeder's Shoe Repair sign originally advertised for Dun Rite Shoe Repair which was established by the 1940s and moved here around 1958. This sign is probably from the 1940s or 1950s. It obviously had neon originally. There was a Dunn Rite Shoe Repair chain with locations around the country. I don't know if this sign was mass-produced for their stores. [map]

This shoe sign was a modern creation by Dexter Smith as a tribute to United Cobblers which used to occupy the space below. This photo is from 2014. The sign was removed around 2016. For more, see this website.

W.F. Gormley & Sons Funeral Chapel
Sacramento, CA
Sacramento Rug Works
Sacramento, CA
The W.F. Gormley & Sons Funeral Chapel was established in 1897. The business moved to this location around 1923. The sign was probably built in the 1940s or 1950s. It was restored in 2019. It had not been lit since the late 1970s. The plastic covering protects the neon tubing. For more, see this website.[map]

Sacramento Rug Works was established in 1905. This sign is probably from the 1960s. For more, see this website. [map]

Wessler Body and Paint Shop
Sacramento, CA
New Roma Bakery
Sacramento, CA
The Wessler Body and Paint Shop opened in 1942. This sign appears to be from the 1940s or 1950s. [map]

The New Roma Bakery opened in 1934. This sign is probably from the 1940s or 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

College Cyclery
Sacramento, CA
College Cyclery opened here in 1935. I don't know how long the neon sign has been at this store. While the sign's design appears to be 1940s or 1950s, it would not have read "Established 1935" when it was built. That might have been a painted addition during a refurbishing. The sign on the right appears to be modern. It was either adapted or built in the style of these mass-produced signs. For more, see this website. [map]

American Ice Co.
Sacramento, CA
The American Ice Co. opened in 1923. The signs were not there at the beginning. The smaller, projecting sign appears to be from the 1920s while the longer sign may have been installed later. The neon on the smaller sign was originally red text with a blue border. The long sign had text which read: "Cold Alone is Not Enough." [map]

Hotel Berry
Sacramento, CA
Club Raven
Sacramento, CA
The Hotel Berry building was built in 1929. The sign appears to be from that time. The building was restored from 2010-2012 and now houses the Studios at Hotel Berry. The sign was also restored then. This smaller sign is gone now. [map]

The Club Raven opened in 1946. This sign was originally built then. It is believed that the sign was poorly constructed since metal was still very scarce immediately after World War II. By the late 1980s, the neon was still operating but the panels were falling apart. A replica was built at that time by Pacific Neon for about $2,500. Steel panels, a new flasher, three transformers, and neon tubing were used to create an exact match. It is believed that the original sign was destroyed. The raven's wings are lit in two-part animation to give the appearance of movement. The sign is about five feet wide. For more, see this website. [map]

Hotel Marshall [gone]
Sacramento, CA
The Hotel Marshall was built as the Clayton Hotel around 1910. The name was changed to the New Clayton Hotel in the 1930s. In 1939, it became the Hotel Marshall. I believe these signs are from then. The canopy sign was previously painted green. It was repainted beige sometime between 2007 and 2011. These photos are from 2014. In 2019, the building was undergoing an internal demolition. The facade will be preserved. I don't know if the signs will return. [map]

former Ramona Hotel
Sacramento, CA
Lanes [gone]
Sacramento, CA
Faith Tabernacle
Sacramento, CA
Ford [gone]
Sacramento, CA
The Ramona Hotel was built in 1930 and this sign appears to be from then. Since 2011, the building has housed the Sacramento headquarters for the Church of Scientology. The sign's letters were replaced at that time. For more, see this website. [map]

The Cardinal Lanes opened originally as the North Bowl in 1941. This sign was probably installed in the 1940s or 1950s. In 1962, the bowling alley was renovated and renamed the Cardinal Lanes. The building has been vacant since the 1990s. The sign was removed in 2015. It is believed it was sold to a private collector. For more, see this website.

The Faith Tabernacle Church sign might be from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

This Ford sign was installed next to the parts department at Harrold Ford. The dealership was established in 1911. This sign might have been from the 1940s or 1950s. It was gone by 2019.

Hollywood Hardware
Sacramento, CA
Hollywood Hardware was established in 1948. This rooftop sign was built by EPCO and installed in 1959 when the store moved to this location. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

San Juan Motel
Sacramento, CA
2008: 2014:
The San Juan Motel was built around 1940. The sign is probably from the 1950s. The motel was demolished in 2010. However, this sign remains standing on the vacant lot as of 2019. The neon tubing is missing now. [map]

California State University Sacramento
Sacramento, CA
Rodney's Cigar & Liquor
Sacramento, CA
This California State University Sacramento sign hangs inside the University Union building. Herky the Hornet is the school's mascot. The sign appears to be from the 1940s or 1950s.

The Rodney's Cigar & Liquor sign was built by EPCO in 1940. It might be half of what was a projecting sign. Evidently, there is another name underneath the "Rodney's" panel. For more, see this website. [map]

Sacramento, CA
2014: 2020:
This Raley's grocery store opened in 1958 and this sign was built by EPCO (Electrical Products Company) then. The silver background paint was originally white. There were also rooftop signs there when the store opened. In 2020, the store moved to a new location. As the sign was being removed, it fell from the crane and was damaged. It was repaired and installed at the new location. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Hostess Bakery
Sacramento, CA
New American Poultry Co. [gone]
Sacramento, CA
Golden Motel [gone]
West Sacramento, CA
This Hostess Bakery was built from 1951-1952 and these neon letters were most likely installed then. Hostess went bankrupt in 2012 and was bought by the Flowers Baking Co. The building was sold in 2014 but is still vacant and the letters remain. In 2020, it was announced that it will soon house a U-Haul storage business. The signs will remain. For more, see this website. [map]

The New American Poultry Co. was still operating when this photo was taken in 2008. By 2012, the sign was gone.

This Golden Motel is still there but this sign was removed in 2008 just after this photo was taken. The sign was taken down to comply with West Sacramento's sign ordinance change. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Capitol Bowl
West Sacramento, CA
2008: 2014:
The Capitol Bowl opened in the early 1950s as the El Rancho Bowl. The sign shown on the left is gone now. It fell victim to a local sign ordinance change. It was replaced with a plastic sign. However, it seems the vintage sign may be in storage. The neon was also removed from the facade which was remodeled in 2012 as shown above. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

More Sacramento Signs:
Arden Motel (now Greens Hotel)
Coronet Portraits
Dude Motel [gone]
El Rancho Mobile Home Park [gone]
Fireside Restaurant [gone]
Foothill Skate Inn
Gunther's Ice Cream
Hart's Hamburgers [vintage]
King's Chinese Restaurant: 1, 2 [gone]
Pacific Motel [gone]
Pancake Circus
Red's Plumbing Supply Co.
Shakey's Pizza Parlor: 1, 2
The Stockman: 1, 2

various signs: 1, 2
various theatres

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