Florida Signs (page 7)

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St. Pete Beach, FL
Bon-Aire Resort
St. Pete Beach, FL
Shadrack's pub opened in 1972 and this sign appears to be from then. [map]

The Bon-Aire Resort, originally the Bon-Aire Motel, was built in 1953 and this sign appears to be from then. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Palm Aire Motel [gone]
St. Petersburg, FL
Venice Motel
St. Petersburg, FL
Sandman Motel
St. Petersburg, FL
Landmark Motel
St. Petersburg, FL
The Palm Aire Motel sign was installed in 1954. In 2022, it was hit by a car and removed. For more, see this website.

The Venice Motel sign was installed in 1958. For more, see this website. [map]

The Sandman Motel was built in 1957 and this sign appears to be from then. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Landmark Motel sign was installed in 1958. It originally had black sign panels and a gold arrow. For more, see this website. [map]

World Liquors
St. Petersburg, FL
2009: 2020 and 2021: 2021:

The 22-foot-tall World Liquors sign was built in 1961. The globe supposedly came from the World Furniture store sign which was built in the 1950s. However, it looks suspiciously like a Food World globe, possibly this one in Tampa. However, that chain wasn't established until 1970. The globe stopped revolving in the 1970s. It was also internally lit originally. In 2017, the sign was repainted. In 2018, the property was sold. In 2019, the globe was moved to the nearby Ferg's Sports Bar & Grill where it was installed with panels resembling the originals. I believe the sputnik at the top was also recreated. The original text panels are displayed inside Zazoo'd, a home furnishings store in St. Petersburg. For more, see this website. [map]

There is another former Food World globe in Lakeland, FL.

St. Petersburg, FL
Rayco Upholstery
St. Petersburg, FL
This YMCA was built in 1926. This sign has been there since at least the 1930s. The YMCA closed in 1999 but the sign remains. [map]

Rayco Upholstery claims that it opened here in 1942. However, the Rayco Auto Seat Cover Co.'s first shop in Paterson, NJ, was not operating until around 1947. So, either the 1942 date is wrong or there was another business name originally. These signs were installed in 1953. By 1968, there was 150 Rayco locations nationwide. By then, the stores were also selling and installing shock absorbers, mufflers, and other auto parts. The company was sold to other corporations at least a couple of times but there are still a few businesses around the country using the name. However, there are only a couple of Rayco signs still on public display. These in St. Petersburg are the nicest and most significant. However, in 2022, the rooftop sign was gone. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Banyan Tree Motel
St. Petersburg, FL
Sunken Gardens
St. Petersburg, FL
2009: 2020: 2009: 2020:
The Banyan Tree Motel opened in 1958 and this sign appears to be from then. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Sunken Gardens opened in 1911. In 1960, a new sign was produced by Manton Giles of Ace Neon. The 30-foot-tall sign combined neon flowers and backlit plastic letters. It was modified over the years with different flowers and other elements. In 2003, the sign was replaced using the original poles. The two text panels for "Sunken" and "Gardens" were combined into one panel and the chevron was less prominent. In 2023, the sign was demolished for a replica of the original which was created by Thomas Sign and Awning of Clearwater for $180,000. The botanical garden is located 15 feet below street level. Since 1999, it has been owned and managed by the city. This sign inspired at least two others, both gone, in Gatlinburg, TN and Fort Bragg, CA. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4. [map]

Kentucky Motel
St. Petersburg, FL
El Cap Restaurant
St. Petersburg, FL
Ace Hardware
St. Petersburg, FL
China City
Restaurant [gone]
St. Petersburg, FL
The Kentucky Motel was built in 1949 as the Kentucky Derby Motel. The original sign was replaced by the 1960s. That sign originally had the word "Derby" in the middle and had a backlit plastic horse panel installed above the text panel. The empty oval frame held a plastic AAA-approved sign until recently. This photo is from 2009. Between 2011 and 2015, the sign had been painted and the vinyl eagle and flag in the middle are gone now. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

The El Cap Restaurant may have opened in 1948. This sign was installed in 1949. The sign was replaced with this replica in 2005. The photo above is from 2009. For more, see this website. [map]

This Ace Hardware sign originally advertised for a Kwik Chek grocery store. The round part must have held the Kwik Chek logo and it most likely revolved. I believe this sign was installed in 1963. For more, see this website. [map]

The China City Restaurant sign was installed in 1952 for Chick's Drive-in. It was altered for China City around 1960. The sign was animated. The neon text and arrow flashed at night. The restaurant closed and the sign was removed in 2016. The owners kept the sign. For more, see this website.

More St. Petersburg:
Bambi Motel [gone]
Masonic Temple
West Central Shopping Center

Skate Inn [gone]

Jimbo's Pit Bar B-Q
Tampa, FL
Bond Auto Sales
Tampa, FL
Jimbo's Pit Bar B-Q opened in 1970 and this sign appears to be from then. For more, see this website. [map]

Bond Auto Sales opened in 1962 and this sign is probably from then. For more, see this website. [map]

Village Motel
Tampa, FL
Furniture [gone]
Tampa, FL
The Village Motel was built in 1938. This sign might be from then or slightly after that. For more, see this website. [map]

Badcock Furniture first opened in Mulberry, FL and now has over 300 locations in the Southeast. However, this location and sign are now gone. A similar sign existed in Fairmont, NC.

Brahman Lounge & Liquors
Tampa, FL
2009: 2020:
The Brahman Lounge & Liquors sign appears to be from the 1950s. This photo is from 2009. The sign was repainted around 2016. [map]

More Tampa:
ABC Autos
Britton Plaza
Agliano & Sons Fish Market [gone]
Alpine Liquor: 1, 2, 3 [map]
El Rancho Motel Court [vintage; gone]
Gem Box Jewelers
Northgate Plaza
White House Apartment Motel [gone]

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