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San Francisco Signs (page 5)

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Gaspare's Pizza House & Italian Restaurant
San Francisco, CA
Gaspare's Pizza House & Italian Restaurant opened in 1985. The projecting sign was built in 1958 and originally advertised for Vince's Pizza House. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Elite Cafe
San Francisco, CA
2017: 2018: 2020:
The Elite Cafe sign originally advertised for the Lincoln Grill which opened here in 1932. This sign may be from then. The sign later advertised for the Asia Cafe. The Elite Cafe reworked the sign when it opened in 1981. In 2017, the sign caught fire during maintenance. The "GR" of the original Grill lettering became visible under the burned off layers of paint. In 2018, the sign was restored and reinstalled by Neon Works of Oakland, CA. In 2020, the neon was removed and letters were painted over. In 2021, the sign was still black with letters at the bottom for the Tailor's Son restaurant. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

19th Avenue Liquors
San Francisco, CA
Siegel's
San Francisco, CA

The 19th Avenue Liquors sign may be from the 1950s. The bulb arrow may have been added later. [map]

Siegel's, a men's and boy's clothing store, opened in 1889. This sign appears to be from the 1920s or 1930s. Although the neon is gone, the tin border is intact. [map]

Perramont Hotel
San Francisco, CA
Hotel Western
San Francisco, CA
Cottage Market
San Francisco, CA
The Perramont Hotel sign might be from the late 1920s or 1930s. [map]

The Hotel Western building is from 1907. The sign was probably built in the 1950s. [map]

The Cottage Market sign is probably from the 1950s. The peeling paint reveals that the sign was built with red porcelain enamel panels. Under the paint, you can make out "Cut Rate Grocer." For more, see this website. [map]

Hotel Kinney
San Francisco, CA
Tia Margarita
San Francisco, CA
The Hotel Kinney building was constructed in 1907. This sign might be from the 1930s or 1940s. The neon had been missing for years. The sign was restored in 2016. [map]

The Tia Margarita Mexican restaurant opened in 1963. I don't know what was here before that but the sign appears to be from the 1940s or 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

Russian Renaissance Restaurant
San Francisco, CA
Bimbo's 365 Club
San Francisco, CA
Pine & Jones Market
San Francisco, CA
The Russian Renaissance Restaurant opened in 1959. The sign above the canopy is probably from then. The sign above it is probably from the 1960s. [map]

The Bimbo's 365 Club opened in 1931 at 365 Market St. It moved to its current location in 1951. This sign was built then. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4. [map]

The Pine & Jones Market is located at the corner of Pine and Jones Streets. The sign appears to be from the 1940s or 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

House of Shields
San Francisco, CA
Schroder's Restaurant
San Francisco, CA
The House of Shields bar opened in 1908. This sign might be from the 1950s. [map]

Schroeder's Restaurant was established in 1893 as Schroeder Cafe. The building was destroyed during the 1906 earthquake. It was then rebuilt at its current location. This sign is probably from the 1940s or 1950s. The bottom of the sign was altered at some point. It might have read "Cafe" originally. For more, see this website. [map]

Hotel Hurley
San Francisco, CA
Hotel Boyd
San Francisco, CA
The Hotel Hurley sign is probably from the 1940s or 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

The Hotel Boyd was built in 1907. These signs appear to be from the 1940s or 1950s. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Gene's Liquor
San Francisco, CA
D&M Liquors
San Francisco, CA
The Saratoga
San Francisco, CA
Gene's Liquor might be from the 1930s or 1940s. It was repainted and restored in 2014. For more, see this website. [map]

D&M Liquors opened in 1935. The sign is probably from the 1940s or 1950s. There must be porcelain enamel panels under the black paint. For more, see this website. [map]

The Saratoga restaurant/bar opened in 1916. The building was constructed in 1908 as the Saratoga Hotel. I don't know if this sign advertised for a restaurant or a drug store. I'm told that the sign previously read "DRUGS" for decades, maybe since the beginning. There are two tacked on panels at the top of the sign that might cover up related text. In the early 2000s, the space was housing a corner market. The sign has ripple tin panels. It was most likely built in the late 1920s or 1930s. The sign's neon was missing for many years. It was restored in 2016 by Jim Rizzo of Neon Works in time for the restaurant's opening. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Hotel Fairfax
San Francisco, CA
Hotel Potter
San Francisco, CA
The Hotel Fairfax was built in 1907. This sign is probably from the 1940s or 1950s. The neon had been missing for years. The sign was restored in 2016. [map]

The Hotel Potter signs are probably from the 1940s or 1950s. [map]

The Old Clam House
San Francisco, CA
The Old Clam House was established in 1861. It is San Francisco's oldest restaurant. This sign was produced in 2012 by Golden Gate Sign. It replaced this sign. For more, see this website. [map]

Diet Coke/Coca-Cola [gone]
San Francisco, CA

2008:

2014:
Coca-Cola maintained a billboard sign on top of this building since 1937. In the 1950s, the sign had a banner panel at the top which read "Have a Coke." Below that, there was alternating text reading "Pause, Refresh" and "Drink Coca-Cola." Since at least 2005, the sign displayed "Enjoy Diet Coke" on one side and "Enjoy Coca-Cola" on the other. Since 2010, when the neon was replaced with LED lighting, both sides of the sign read "Enjoy Coca-Cola." In 2020, Coca-Cola removed the sign. The sign was 70 feet long and 30 feet tall. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4.

More San Francisco Signs:
17 Reasons Why [gone]
All Star Donuts [gone]
Beep's Burgers
Ellis Brooks Auto Center [gone]
Geary Parkway Motel
Ghirardelli Chocolate Company
Galletti Brothers Shoe Repair
Goodyear [gone]
Hamm's Beer [gone]
Heel & I Shoe Repair [gone]
High Tide Lounge: 1, 2 [gone]
Huntington Hotel
It's Tops Coffee Shop [gone]
K&M Shoe Repair
Lun On Co. [gone]
Mike's Shoe Shop [gone]
Ocean Park Motel
Palace Hotel
Palace Garage Parking
Palmer's Tavern
Park Bowl
Patrick & Co.
Poultry & Fish [private collection in Lynn, MA]
Royal Pacific Motor Inn
San Francisco Fire Department Station #35
Schrump Flowers
Shasta Cola [map]
Star Motel: 1, 2
Sunset Shoe Repair
Tia Margarita: 1, 2 [map]
Verdi Club
Villa Romana Pizzeria & Restaurant [gone]

various signs
various theatres
San Francisco Neon City [video]
San Francisco Neon [book, events, social media]

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