North Carolina Signs (page 2)

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Bull Durham Tobacco signs
Durham, NC
reproduction sign Old Bull Durham Bulls Athletic Park
The Bull Durham Tobacco reproduction sign is located on the side of the Blackwell & Co. Tobacco Factory Building. It is a replica of a vintage painted advertisement discovered under the siding on the building during its 2005 restoration. For more, see this website. [map]

The Old Bull sign is installed on the roof of the same building. It was built in 2008 and features animated neon. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Durham Bulls Athletic Park sign is a recreation of the sign used in the 1988 movie "Bull Durham". For more, see this website. [map]

Public Hardware
Durham, NC
Shopping Center
Fayetteville, NC
Red Goose Shoes
Goldsboro, NC
Thomas Office Supply [gone]
Goldsboro, NC
The Public Hardware sign was once located downtown and relocated with the business when they moved. They are Durham's oldest hardware store, family-operated since 1924. [night photo thanks Robby Delius] [map]

I believe the Tallywood Shopping Center opened in 1964. In 2016, it was announced that the shopping center and sign would be demolished for a new Publix supermarket. Fortunately, the sign was still there in 2018. However, the panels have been changed cream with green letters. [map]

This Red Goose Shoes sign hangs above the Family Shoe Store. For more, see this webpage. For more Red Goose Shoe signs, see this page. [map]

Thomas Office Supply was long gone but this sign remained when this photo was taken in 2010. By 2011, the sign was gone.

More Fayetteville Signs:
Downtown Motel [vintage; gone]
Hay St. Shoe Shop [vintage; gone]

Graham Signs:
Wrike Drugs

Apothecary Shop
Hendersonville, NC
Hendersonville, NC
Triangle Motor Inn
Jacksonville, NC
The Apothecary Shop building now houses Mike's on Main Street sandwich shop. This sign remains. [map]

The Bildon ferris wheel with sign is 50 feet tall. This photo is from 2007. Bildon closed up soon after that but this ferris wheel was still there in 2016. The panels with Bildon's name and license number have been painted over. [map]

The Triangle Motor Inn features a giant sign with chasing bulbs and an animated flame. This sign might have advertised for a Red Carpet Inn originally like this one in Harrisonburg, VA. [map]

High Point Signs:
Colonel's Catch [vintage; gone]

Martin Drug Co.
Kannapolis, NC
Masonic Lodge
Louisburg, NC
Three Pines Motel [gone]
Maggie Valley, NC
The Martin Drug Co. sign appears to be from the 1950s. [map]

The Masonic Lodge in Louisburg was established in the late 1800s. These metal signs might have had neon originally and then were later refurbished with flat metal panels. [map]

The Three Pines Motel opened in 1963. This photo is from 2003. Later, this sign was replaced with a plastic backlit sign.

Kenly Signs:
Pine View Motel [map]

Lexington Signs:
Army Navy Store

Lumberton Signs:
Masonic Lodge [map]

Cox Family Restaurant
Morehead City, NC
Star Lite Motel
Mount Airy, NC
Big Man sign
Mount Airy, NC
The Cox Family Restaurant features this wonderful house detail. [map]

The Star Lite Motel sign is strikingly similar to the Holiday Inn "Great Sign". However, I don't believe it ever was. This postcard appears to show the sign in the 1960s in what is probably its original look. At some point between the 2001 and 2010 photos shown above, the sign was repainted and a message board added. [map]

This Big Man sign was created for the Big Man Shell Service gas station in the 1950s. It was probably inspired by the signs created by the National Animated Sign Co.. There was another location with this sign in Washington, NC. When the photo at left was taken around 2001, it was then a BP station. Sometime between 2001 and 2006, his moveable arm was damaged and he was repainted for Pack's Produce. In 2010 (right photo), the business had become Young Enterprises and the sign was repainted again. [map]

Lewis Drugs
Mount Olive, NC
Circle Appliance [gone]
Newton Grove, NC
Woodard Drug Store
Princeton, NC
The Lewis Drug store now houses the Center Street Pharmacy but this sign remains intact. [map]

The GE sign at Circle Appliance Co. was mass-produced. There are others just like it in Mount Airy, NC, Newport, TN [gone], and elsewhere. This sign was removed in 2016.

Woodard Drug Store opened in 1935 and is still in business. This sign appears to be from then. When this photo was taken in 2010, the sign looked recently restored. [map]

North Carolina Equipment Company
Raleigh, NC
2005: 2010:
The North Carolina Equipment Company operated here from 1940 to 1996. It's not known if this double-sided neon sign was built in 1940 or at a slightly later time. The tractor portion of the sign is 25 feet long and eight feet tall. The text portion of the sign is 50 feet long. After North Carolina Equipment Company left, the building had been vacant for many years. In 2009, Lulu Press moved into the building and had the sign refurbished. Due to the amount of lead paint, the sign was refurbished by a metal fabrication company rather than a sign company. The lettering on the bottom panels and the "Dresser" brand on the tractor were painted over. The City prohibited replacing the neon. In 2018, the building was demolished and the sign was put in storage. In 2020, the tractor was installed on front of the new building. I don't know what happened with the text panel. There were similar signs in Greensboro, NC; Greenville, NC and Savannah, GA. [map]

Don Murray's
Barbecue & Seafood [gone]
Raleigh, NC
Barbecue Lodge [gone]
Rockingham, NC
Rowland Supply Co. [gone]
Rowland, NC
Don Murray's Barbecue & Seafood opened in the 1970s. Their sign featured a miniature version of their building. The restaurant closed in 2007 and, by 2010, the building and sign were gone. [photo thanks Robby Delius]

The original Revel's Barbecue Lodge sign was built around 1952. It had a flashing arrow and the pig had animated hooves. The sign was redesigned in the early 1970s. "Chicken in a Basket" was changed to "Fried Chicken". The restaurant was demolished in 2008. The sign was gone by 2013.

The Rowland Supply Co. Westinghouse sign was still there in 2009 when this photo was taken. There was a church in the space below. By 2013, the sign was gone.

Elks Lodge
Salisbury, NC
Creech Drug Co.
Selma, NC
This Elks Lodge sign is probably from the 1930s or 1940s. By 2016, the sign had been repainted. [map]

The Creech Drug Co. was established in 1939. There is still a soda fountain inside. The neon appears to be in good shape. [map]

Red Bridges Barbecue Lodge
Shelby, NC
Red Bridges Barbecue Lodge was founded in 1946 as Dedmond's Barbecue. The restaurant moved to this location in 1953. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

More Shelby Signs:
Shelby Cafe [map]

Spencer Signs:
Melba Motor Court [vintage; gone]

Waynesville Signs:
Clyde's Restaurant

Arrowhead Motel
Whittier, NC
Teddy Bear Motel [gone]
Whittier, NC
New China Restaurant
(now China Poblana Restaurant)
Wilson, NC
The Arrowhead Motel sign must have had neon originally. [map]

The Teddy Bear Motel opened around 1956. The sign apparently always had backlit plastic letters. The motel and sign were demolished around 2017. For more, see this website.

The New China Restaurant, aka China Garden, was originally the Coral Room Restaurant. The lettering was changed on this artist palette-shaped sign with oversized silverware to reflect the new name. In 2006, the restaurant became "Las Amacas" and the sign was altered again. In 2011, there was another Mexican restaurant here and the sign was repainted. In 2012, the sign was painted yellow with no name on it. By 2016, the sign had been repainted for the China Poblana restaurant. [map]

More Winston-Salem Signs:
Mr. Barbecue
National Welders [map]

More North Carolina Signs:
Kluttz Lumber Co. (Concord) [gone]
Hotpoint Appliances (Fairmont) [map]
Smith's Drug (Gastonia) [gone]
Frank's Modern Shoe Shop (High Point) [gone]
GE Appliances (Kinston) [gone]
Valley Courts Motel (Tryon)
Frigidaire (Vass) [gone]
Clyde's Restaurant (Waynesville) [map]
Thomas Drugs (Wilson) [gone]
Devil Dog Manufacturing (Zebulon)

Rexall Drug Stores (various cities)

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