Indiana Signs (page 2)

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Evans Motors
Evansville, IN
Ye Olde Tyme
Tavern [gone]
Evansville, IN
Best Choice Auto
Evansville, IN
The Evans Motors used car dealership sign appears to be from the 1950s or 1960s. This photo is from 2010. By 2015, the sign had been repainted black and white. [map]

The Ye Olde Tyme Tavern sign was still there in 2010 when this photo was taken. By 2015, it was gone.

This Best Choice Auto sign originally advertised for Schmidt's Motel. This sign is the same design as the Faubus Motel. I don't know if these motels were affiliated with a chain but I have seen at least one other sign like this. [map]

Wilson's General Store & Cafe
Evansville, IN
Wilson's General Store & Cafe opened in 1995 in New Harmony, IN. The restaurant was demolished in a fire in 2006. About 70 percent of Tim Wilson's collection was lost in the fire. This location was built in 2007. These photos are from 2010. In 2019, the place had closed. I don't know how much longer these signs will be there, if they still are. [map]

This Kentucky Fried Chicken weathervane sign is extremely rare. For more, see this page.

The bellhop sign was produced by the National Animated Sign Co. of Hot Springs, AR. The tag identifies this as "America's Sign of Hospitality". Originally, the bellhop's hand was lit with a bulb and the arm moved up and down. These mechanical signs were sold nationwide.

The Marathon station sign is very old and uses marbles which reflect off car headlights at night.

This Fountain Lunch sign was mass-produced by Coca-Cola. There are many examples still on display around the country including this one in New Orleans, LA.

The Drugs sign probably came from Du Quoin, IL.

More Evansville:
Big Top Drive-in
Gehlhausen Paint Company
Nick Nackery
Ski Soda

American Legion
Ferdinand, IN
Joe's [gone]
Fort Wayne, IN
Scott's Food & Pharmacy [gone]
Fort Wayne, IN
I have not seen an American Legion sign like this anywhere else. Usually, these signs just depict the shield and post number. While Ferdinand is cattle country, the town wasn't named after Ferdinand the Bull but rather the Emperor of Austria. Perhaps the American Legion was having some fun with the name? [map]

The Broadway Joe's sign appeared to be from the 1950s. There was a fire in 2020. The building was demolished around 2022 and the sign is gone. For more, see this website.

This giant cornucopia sign was installed on the roof of what was Scott's Food & Pharmacy. The store was gone but the sign remained for many years. The 70-foot-tall, double-sided sign was originally installed in 1956 at an Eavey's grocery store. The sign was completely rebuilt in 1992. The original porcelain enamel sign was outlined with neon. The new metal sign used the original support structure. It had no lighting. Scott's closed in 2009. In 2023, the building's new tenant removed the sign and put it in storage. It's not known if a new location can be found for the sign. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Humpty Dumpty
Fort Wayne, IN
Atz's Ice Cream Shoppe
Fort Wayne, IN
Elwood's Appliances
Fort Wayne, IN
This Humpty Dumpty Drive-in has been closed for many years. It was originally part of the Happy Humpty Drive-in chain. There were locations in Ohio and I assume others in Indiana. This is the only sign left that I know of. [map]

This Atz's Ice Cream Shoppe was built in 1966 and this sign may be from then. The original store was built in Fort Wayne in 1956. I believe this neon sign was installed there. It was replaced with a plastic box sign. There were two locations built later but they both closed. This photo is from 2010. In 2014, it was announced that both of the remaining Atz's stores were closing. This sign remains. [map]

Elwood's Appliances opened around 1970. For more, see this website. [map]

Oyster Bar
Fort Wayne, IN
Pine Haven Motel
Fort Wayne, IN
The Oyster Bar was established here in 1888. This sign is probably from the 1950s. This photo is from 2009. The sign was repainted around 2015. [map]

The neon was removed from the Pine Haven Motel sign around 2008. This photo is from 2009. The sign was restored in 2010 after this photo was taken. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

City Glass
Fort Wayne, IN
City Glass was established in 1944, focusing on producing stained glass for churches in the tri-state area. The exterior of their building is faced with vitrolite and features stained and leaded glass as well. [map]

More Fort Wayne:
General Electric [gone]
Hall's Drive-in Restaurant [gone]
Helen's Place
Hillcrest Drive-in
Klemm's Candlelite Cafe [map]
Laycoff's Tavern [gone] [map]
Pro Bowl West
Sunbeam Bread
VFW Post
Westwood Lanes
Yacht Club

Sleep N Time Motel [gone]
Franklin, IN
Don & Pete's
Point View Bar [gone]
Gary, IN
Smith's Cleaners
Gary, IN
The Sleep N Time Motel sign appeared to be from the 1950s or earlier. This photo was taken in 2009. By 2014, the sign had been repainted black with red letters. The "No Vacancy" letters had been covered over. By 2018, the sign was gone.

Don & Pete's Point View Bar had been closed for many years but the sign remained. This photo is from 2009. By 2016, the sign was gone. For more, see this website.

Smith's Cleaners has been abandoned for many years but this sign remains. [map]

More Gary:
Char-El Mobile Home Park [map]
City Castle Hamburgers (originally King Kastle) [gone]
Dunes Bowl [gone]
Michael's Norman Furniture [gone]
Walt's Fine Food [map]

Polly's Freeze

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