Kansas Signs (page 1)

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Trapp Pharmacy
Abilene, KS
Hardware [gone]
Arkansas City, KS
The Trapp Pharmacy sign appears to be from the 1940s or earlier. It is lit at night. For more, see this website. [map]

Bryant Hardware opened in 1870 and closed in 2009. This sign was gone by 2010. [photo thanks Glenda Campbell]

More Abilene Signs:
Bankes Drug Store
Green Acres Bowl
Jeffcoat's Photography Studio

Arkansas City Signs:
Daisy Mae's Cafe
Dillons Food Market

Arlington, KS
Motor Co. [gone]
Beloit, KS
OK Used Cars [gone]
Cedar Vale, KS
This Westinghouse sign hangs above the Arlington Trading Co. These porcelain enamel signs were mass-produced. The letters on these signs are embossed. There are still a number of them around the country including these in Centralia, KS, Rowland, NC, and Hyattsville, MD. [map]

The Beloit Motor Co. sign was probably from the 1950s. Around 2011, it was removed and sold on eBay.

The OK Used Cars sign was installed at a former used car lot. This photo is from 2007. By 2009, the sign was gone. The "OK" trademark was developed by Chevrolet as a seal-of-approval for their used cars. For another example, see this one in Colusa, CA. [photo thanks Glenda Campbell]

Ashland Signs:
Red Hills Motel

Atchison Signs:
Exchange Bank

Augusta Signs:
Holiday Bowl

Belleville Signs:
Kravmore Dinner Bell [vintage; gone]

More Beloit Signs:
Porter House

Centralia Signs:
Westinghouse Appliances & Goodyear

Clark Pharmacy [gone]
Cimarron, KS
Western Wear [gone]
Coffeyville, KS
H.W. Read's
Coffeyville, KS
Coffeyville, KS
El Torero [gone]
Derby, KS
The Clark Pharmacy sign appears to be a rebuilt replica. The store moved across the street in 2019. The sign appears to be gone. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

The Weinberg's Western Wear sign featured a neon cowboy with a lariat. The Weinberg's store is long gone but the sign remained. This photo is from 2010. By 2014, the sign was gone.

The H.W. Read's clothing store opened in the early 1900s. It is gone but this sign remains. [photo thanks Glenda Campbell] [map]

The Brown's Furniture sign might be from the 1930s or 1940s. [map]

The El Torero restaurant is gone. This sign has been repainted for the Plaza Azul restaurant. The neon was removed but the bulb arrow is still there. [photo thanks Glenda Campbell]

De Soto Signs:
Ford signs

Thunderbird Motel
Dodge City, KS
Bel-Air Motel [gone]
Dodge City, KS
El Dorado Motel
El Dorado, KS
The Thunderbird Motel sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. For more, see this website. [map]

The Bel-Air Motel sign might be from the 1940s. This photo is from 2010. It was replaced with a plastic panel sign by 2012.

The El Dorado Motel signs are probably from the 1950s. [map]

More Dodge City Signs:
Wardrobe Cleaners

Edna Signs:
1st National Bank

Eureka Signs:
Greenwood Hotel

Key Work Clothes [gone]
Fort Scott, KS
Red Ram Motel [gone]
Fort Scott, KS
This Key Work Clothes sign was still at this former factory when this photo was taken in 2010. By 2013, the sign was gone.

The Red Ram Motel opened in 1957. These photos are from 2010. In 2013, the sign in the first photo was still there. I don't think the sign in the second photo is still there. The letters in the third photo were on the ground in 2013. The diamond shaped sign was still there. In 2018, the property was sold to the Fort Scott Community College. By 2021, all of the signs were gone. The top of the pole sign is now located in Canon City, CO. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

More Fort Scott Signs:
Tribune-Monitor Building

Pallucca & Sons
Super Market
Frontenac, KS
Order of Eagles
Great Bend, KS
Al's Chickenette [gone]
Hays, KS
Brass Rail
Hays, KS
Pallucca & Sons Super Market opened in 1909. In 1930, the market moved to this location. This sign is probably from the 1940s or 1950s. [map]

I have not seen a Fraternal Order of Eagles sign with flapping, animated wings before. This sign is probably from the 1950s. This photo is from 2010. The sign was restored around 2011. For more, see this website. [map]

Al's Chickenette opened in 1949. This sign was probably from then. By 2021, the place was closed and the sign was gone. For more, see this website.

The Brass Rail bar opened in 1948 and this sign is probably from then. For more, see this website. [map]

Garden City Signs:
Chicken [vintage; gone]

Garnett Signs:
Pioneer Restaurant [gone]

Harper Signs:
Co-Op gas station

More Hays Signs:
Goodwin Sporting Goods [gone]

Hiawatha Signs:
Sunflower Motel [map]

Money Chevrolet Truck Center
Hill City, KS
The Money Chevrolet Truck Center has a showroom filled with vintage signs and classic cars. I shot what I could from outside since the business was closed when I was there in 2010. These signs might be gone now. [map]

Holton Signs:
Maytag Appliances

Music Center [gone]
Hutchinson, KS
Decker & Mattison
Hutchinson, KS
chicken sign
Hutchinson, KS
Darie King [gone]
Hutchinson, KS
The Johnson Music Center opened in 1950. This sign was built in 1953. The store closed in 2016. The sign was owned by a sign company and leased to the store. The sign was sold and repurposed for an Airstream trailer business in another city. In 2020, the business moved and did not take the sign. It is now in storage in Hutchinson. The plan is to eventually install it in town with some other local signs.

Decker & Mattison is a heating, air conditioning and ventilation business. This sign is probably from the 1950s. This photo is from 2010. This sign was restored in 2016. For more, see this website. [map]

This chicken sign is located behind the windmill building. Does anyone know anything about it? [photo thanks Glenda Campbell] [map]

The Darie King restaurant might be from the 1950s or 1960s. Does anyone know the history of this place? It appeared to be closed when this photo was taken in 2010. By 2012, the sign was gone. For more, see this website.

Hutchinson, KS
Hutchinson, KS
Hutchinson, KS
Townsman Motel
Independence, KS
This Stevens sign advertises for the Jack H. Stevens & Associates, a business consulting service. The sign is about 30 feet tall. Does anyone know what business this sign was used for originally. [map]

The Carl's Furniture sign must have had neon originally. Does anyone know if this sign has always advertised for Carl's? [map]

This V.F.W. sign is probably from the 1950s. There are somewhat similar signs in Villa Grove, IL, Millstadt, IL, and Enid, OK. [map]

The Townsman Motel's building and sign appear to be from the 1950s. By 2016, the neon "Townsman Motel" letters had been replaced with backlit plastic letters. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

More Hutchinson Signs:
Ken's Pizza
Reger Rents [map]

South Hutchinson Signs:
Hutch Drive-in [vintage; gone]

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