Georgia Signs (page 1)

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Bill Chambers Motors [gone]
Albany, GA
Carling Black Label
Albany, GA
Bill Chambers Motors opened in the 1950s and this sign appears to have been from then. This photo is from 2007. By 2011, the business and the sign were gone.

This Carling Black Label sign is installed in front of the Oglethorpe Lounge. It is probably from the 1950s. I have not seen any other signs like this but they must have been mass-produced. [map]

Giles Builders Supply [gone]
Albany, GA
The "Mr. Builder" sign was installed on the roof of Giles Builders Supply when they opened in 1953. The sign features red, white and blue neon and Mr. Builder's hammer moves up and down. Giles closed in 2009. In 2010, a new company moved into the building and the sign was donated to the Thronateeska Heritage Foundation. I assume that was just the square panel and that the much larger horizontal panel was destroyed. For more, see this website.

More Albany Signs:
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
Philco [map]

Pipe Corner
Atlanta, GA
Kennedy and Cohen [gone]
Atlanta, GA
The Bootery
Atlanta, GA
Pipe Corner is long gone but this sign remains. The Royal Cigar Co. store is long gone but this sign remains. It has been there since at least 1952. The sign has not been lit until 1990. In 2015, plans were announced to demolish the building on which this sign hangs. The fate of this sign is unknown at this point. In 2020, the building and sign were still there. For more, see this website. [map]

The Kennedy and Cohen appliance store was long gone when this photo was taken in 2006. The sign was over 100 feet tall. By 2011, it was gone.

The Bootery sign may have been moved here from a previous location. It has been at this location since at least 1951. The Poll Parrot Shoes' parrot sign was installed sometime after 1951. Previously, there were Sundial Shoes letters installed where the parrot is now. In 2011, the projecting blade sign was removed. The script letters are still there. For more, see this website. [map]

Majestic Shoe Repair
Atlanta, GA
Prince Hall Grand Lodge
Atlanta, GA
Majestic Shoe Repair sign has been here since at least 1951. The store is gone but the sign remains. [map]

The Prince Hall Grand Lodge was built in 1937. This sign was repainted around 2008. This photo is from 2009. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Cooper Music
Atlanta, GA
Blue Bird Service Center
Atlanta, GA
Cooper Music's giant piano sign is visible from I-85. Cooper Music was founded in 1906. This sign was built in 1983. [map]

The Blue Bird Service Center was established in 1939. At that time, three giant neon bluebird signs were installed. Two of the bluebird signs were installed on the roof as part of a huge, two-sided "Truck Stop" sign visible from Memorial Drive (later I-20). That sign was removed in 1994 and I don't know if either of bluebirds were saved. For a while, one of them was leaning against the side of the building. That sign is now behind the building.

This bluebird sign still remains mounted on the former gas station building. At some point, the gas pumps were removed. The building has been used for a variety of businesses in recent years. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4. [map]

More Atlanta Signs:
Biltmore Hotel [map]
Clermont Hotel: 1, 2 [map]
Ebenezer Baptist Church
Goody's Kodak
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
Municipal Market
Starlight Six Drive-in

Augusta Signs:
Eat-A-Plenty Drive-in [vintage; gone]
Fox Shoe Repairs

Carter Drugs
Barnesville, GA
Quail Motel [gone]
Blakely, GA
Carter Drugs opened in 1948 and this sign is probably from then. It was built as a Walgreen Agency sign. The original middle panel was removed at some point. Most likely, "Drugs" was moved up to the mmiddle and the other two green panels were replaced. It would have looked like this sign in Kingman, AZ originally. [map]

The Quail Motel opened in 1956 and this sign was built then. The motel is still there. In 2008, the sign was replaced with a plastic panel box sign.

Bremen Signs:
Green Oaks Motel
Sewell Manufacturing Co. [map]

Brunswick Signs:
Twin Oaks Drive-in [vintage; gone]

Marion Drug
Buena Vista, GA
DiPrima's Shoes & Boots [gone]
Calhoun, GA
This Coca-Cola sign on the side of the long-closed Marion Drugs building is probably from the 1950s. [map]

The DiPrima's Shoes & Boots sign is believed to be from the late 1940s or early 1950s. It was originally installed at the first store in the chain in Rome, GA. The DiPrima family owned four shoe repair shops in Rome. The sign was later moved to this store in Calhoun, GA. In 2015, the sign pole was hit by a car and destroyed the sign. The owner was considering having a replica built. However, I don't believe that happened.

Biggar Antiques [gone]
Chamblee, GA
Biggar Antiques sold quite a number of signs. Many of them were rented for movie props. The Franklin Motel sign came from Franklin, NC. In 2010, when these photos were taken, there were also three A&W Burger Family statues for sale. The store moved in 2016 and there was nothing left at this location.

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