Kansas Signs (page 2)

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Standard Oil
Iola, KS
Standard Oil
Troy, KS
National Bank [gone?]
Junction City, KS
J.C. Cigar Bar
Junction City, KS
These Standard Oil signs had glass flame-shaped globes on top that were lit from inside with a bulb. The flame on the Iola sign is broken as are most of the remaining examples of these signs around the country. The panel part of these Standard Oil signs was spotlit with lights attached to the pole. Standard Oil used this torch and oval logo from 1946-1960. There is another intact example of these signs in Rochelle, IL. [Iola map]; [Troy map]

The Central National Bank sign appears to be from the 1950s. The sign was missing in 2018. I'm hoping that its being restored but I can't find any articles online about that. [map]

I'm guessing that Williams Cigar Store was the original business here and that the J.C. Cigar Bar adapted the sign. The sign bears different text on each side. [map]

Jewell Signs:
Nesbitt's Orange Soda

Jack & Dick's Pawn Shop
Junction City, KS
Rex's Auto Sales
Junction City, KS
Jack & Dick's Pawn Shop opened in 1958. This sign is most likely from then. [map]

The Rex's Auto Sales sign is probably from the 1950s. [map]

More Junction City Signs:
Cohen's Chicken House [vintage; gone]
Fraternal Order of Eagles
Silver Star Club [map]

Federal Savings
Kansas City, KS
Thriftway [gone]
Kansas City, KS
Wyandotte Plaza
Kansas City, KS
Rainbow Cleaners
Kansas City, KS
This Interstate Federal Savings sign is probably from the 1950s. It is lit at night. For more, see this website. [map]

This Thriftway supermarket had been here since the mid-1950s. This photo is from 2010. By 2015, the sign was gone.

This Wyandotte Plaza shopping center sign has been here since the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

The Rainbow Cleaners sign is probably from the 1950s. [map]

Bell Floor Covering
Kansas City, KS
Crest Motel
Kansas City, KS
Crown Rug Cleaners [gone]
Kansas City, KS
Bell Floor Covering opened in 1959. This sign probably had neon originally. For more, see this website. [map]

The Crest Motel sign is probably from the 1950s. This photo is from 2010. Around 2012, the remaining bits of neon tubing were removed and the sign was painted. [map]

Crown Rug Cleaners was long gone but these signs remained until around 2018.

More Kansas City Signs:
Alibi Club [gone]
Boulevard Drive-in
Fat Boy Burgers [gone]
Inter-State Moving & Storage
Loretta's Cafe [gone]
West Haven Motel [map]

Kingman Drug
Kingman, KS
The Kingman Drug sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. This embossed plastic sign may have been mass-produced but I have never seen one like it. By 2018, these panels had been replaced with similar ones. [map]

Tabler Furniture [gone]
Larned, KS
Ike Shaver Plumbing [gone]
Larned, KS
Al Hanken Motors [gone]
Larned, KS
The Tabler Furniture sign was probably from the 1940s. By 2018, the store had closed and the sign was gone.

Ike Shaver Plumbing has been around since at least the 1950s. These embossed plastic Carrier Air Conditioning signs were mass-produced. There are still many left around the country. However, this one was gone by 2018.

Al Hanken Motors has been here since 1952. These signs were displayed on the side of their building when these photos were taken in 2010. By 2012, the signs were gone.

More Larned Signs:
Carson Hotel [gone]

Jayhawk Motel
Lawrence, KS
Ernst & Son Hardware [gone]
Lawrence, KS
The Jayhawk Motel has been here since the 1950s. Both of these signs appear to be fairly new. Lawrence is home to the University of Kansas. The jayhawk is the school's mascot. [map]

Ernst & Son Hardware featured a Dutch Boy Paints sign. These signs were mass-produced and there are still a handful of them around the country. This store was established in 1905. It closed in 2018. The sign will be auctioned off along with the rest of the store's contents.

More Lawrence Signs:
Joe's Bakery

Masonic Lodge
Leavenworth, KS
Post Rock Motel
Lincoln, KS
Ly-Kan Hotel
Lyons, KS
Vista Drive-in
Manhattan, KS
Zuckey's Bowl
Manhattan, KS
This Masonic Lodge was established in 1914. The sign features glass globes. Originally, they would have been lit with bulbs from inside. [map]

The Post Rock Motel sign is probably from the 1950s. [map]

The Ly-Kan Hotel sign appears to be from the 1950s. [map]

The Vista Drive-in opened in 1964. The restaurant has been remodeled but the sign is original. [map]

The Zuckey's Bowl sign appears to be from the 1950s. The business is now known as Little Apple Lanes. This sign remains. [map]

More Manhattan Signs:
The Chef

Mankato Signs:
Dreamliner Motel [map]

Marysville Signs:
A-1 Used Cars [map]

Starlite Lanes
McPherson, KS
Jewelers [gone]
McPherson, KS
Waltner Electric
Moundridge, KS
The Starlite Lanes opened in 1961 and this sign is from then. [map]

Renberger Jewelers opened in 1956 and this sign was installed then. This photo is from 2010. The sign was removed in 2014. After restoration, it was donated to the McPherson Museum where it is displayed. For more, see this website.

Waltner Electric displays a plastic GE sign and a neon Maytag sign. Both of these signs were mass-produced and there are a handful of examples of each of them around the country. I assume the chicken wire on top of the Maytag sign is to discourage pigeons from roosting. Waltner Electric opened in 1949 and the Maytag sign is probably from then. [map]

Medicine Lodge Signs:
Forsyth's Furniture [map]

Mineola Signs:
Mineola Pharmacy

Porter Drug Store
Neodesha, KS
Frontier Motel
Oberlin, KS
American Legion
Oberlin, KS
The Porter Drug Store sign is probably from the 1950s. This photo is from 2010. The sign was restored by 2014. [map]

I believe the Frontier Motel was built in 1951. [map]

This American Legion post was established in 1949. This sign is probably from then. [map]

Oakley Signs:
Annie Oakley Motel [map]

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