New Jersey Signs (page 2)

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Lakewood Township:
Ocean Lanes

White Horse Pike [gone]
Lawnside, NJ
Luncheonette [gone]
Lebanon, NJ
The White Horse Pike sign is over 50 feet tall. It was installed around 1966 for the White Horse Pike Drive-In Theatre. In the mid-1970s, a shopping center was built on the property. The sign remained until it was removed in 2014.

This Luncheonette sign was most likely a replica sign. The embossed porcelain was in like-new condition, especially on the sides of the sign. It was installed at the Lebanon Boro General Store which opened in 2003. It was gone by 2021. Two similar, vintage signs are located at the American Sign Museum (1, 2) in Cincinnati, OH.

Paree One Hour Cleaners [gone]
Lindenwold, NJ
Billiards Cafe
Lodi, NJ
Lyndhurst Diner
Lyndhurst, NJ
Paree One Hour Cleaners sign appears to be from the 1950s. The name must be a reference to Paris and French dry cleaning. Around 2018, the building was demolished and the sign was gone.

The Billiards Cafe rooftop sign is a repurposed Michelin Man sign. [map]

The Lyndhurst Diner sign is lit at night. For more, see this website. [map]

Little Silver:
Sole Solution

Charles the Florist [gone]
Madison, NJ
Long Beach Island
Manahawkin, NJ
79 Liquors
Matawan, NJ
former Food Circus
Middletown, NJ
Charles the Florist had a well-maintained neon sign when this photo was taken in 2003. In 2006, they changed the business name and removed the sign.

This Long Beach Island sign is located at the Southern Regional High School. I'm told that this wood and metal sign is old - but I don't know how old. It has been restored at least a couple times. This photo is from 2012. Later that year, the sign was battered by Hurricane Sandy. The lighthouse and a couple of letters were missing. The sign was restored in 2013. [map]

79 Liquors was repainted in 2012. For more, see this website. [map]

The former Food Circus sign was built in 1956. It is also known as the "Evil Clown" for his mischievous expression. This 30-foot-tall sign used to rotate and the clown once held a Special of the Week sign in his non-pointing hand. The sign is now used by Spirits Unlimited, a liquor store chain, which has taken over the former grocery store building. Evidently, before Spirits Unlimited, it was known as Circus Liquors and the sign's lettering was reworked at that time. By 2017, the store was known as Circus Liquors again. The sign is endangered with possible redevelopment of the property. For more, see this website. [map]

Maple Shade Township:
Jay's Elbow Room

Suburban Paint [map]

Morris Plains:
ACME Supermarket [vintage; gone]

Western Pest Services [gone]

S. Klein [gone]
Newark, NJ
Heller & Heller Liquors
Nutley, NJ
This S. Klein department store closed in 1976. This 60-foot-tall neon sign remained until 2013 when the building was demolished. I don't know if any part of the sign was saved. For more, see this website.

The Heller & Heller Liquors projecting, vertical neon sign was removed in 2006. However, the neon lettering on the vitrolite storefront remains. [map]

More Newark:
Anheuser-Busch [map]
Weisbrod's Pharmacy

New Brunswick:
Barrood Agency [map]
former Brunswick Circle Car Wash

North Wildwood

Hoy's 5&10
Ocean City, NJ
Hoy's 5&10 was established in 1935. In the 1960s, there were 18 stores operating in the area. Today, there are four locations: in Avalon, Stone Harbor and two in Ocean City. This sign appears to be from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

Motor Lodge [gone?]
Ocean City, NJ
Forum Motor Inn
Ocean City, NJ
Sifting Sands Motel
Ocean City, NJ
The Pavilion Motor Lodge was built in 1963. This sign is probably from then. The sign was missing in 2023. I don't know if it was just for building renovations or if it's permanently gone. [map]

The Forum Motor Inn was built in 1963. These signs appear to be from then. [map]

The Sifting Sands Motel was built in the late 1950s and this sign was probably installed then. The motel is a mix of condominiums and rental units. This photo is from 2012. In 2016, the condo association voted to have the sign restored. It had only been partially lit for the last few years. As is the case with most vintage signs, in order to comply with city regulations, this sign had to be refurbished in place. The sign is about 18 feet long and lit with blue and red neon. The panels were sandblasted down to the metal and straightened. The sign was supposedly repainted to its original multi-color paint scheme. However, this vintage postcard shows the sign with just sandy paint. The work was done by the MC Sign Company for about $34,000. For more, see this website. [map]

More Ocean City:
Ready's Coffee Shop

Toast of the Town [gone]

Parsippany Shopping Plaza

Paterson, NJ
Liquor Store [gone]
Pennsville, NJ
Pine Brook
Motor Lodge [gone]
Pine Brook, NJ
The Cortese Pharmacy opened in 1952. This sign is probably from then. [map]

The Fornaro's Liquor Store signs appeared to be from the 1950s. The store is still there but the signs were removed in 2013.

The Pine Brook Motor Lodge opened in 1949. This sign appeared to be from the 1950s or 1960s. The plastic box sign might have been an indication that the motel went by another name originally. By 2023, the motel complex and the sign were gone.

Pinsetter Bar and Bowl

More Pennsville:
Forks Tavern & Restaurant [gone]

Point Pleasant:
Wenke's Motel

Conte's Pizza [map]
Lahiere Restaurant

Crate's Liquor
Red Bank, NJ
Katsin's Pharmacy
Red Bank, NJ
Crate's Liquor opened in 1940. This sign appears to be from the 1950s. A darker blue face is visible behind the peeling paint. [map]

Katsin's Pharmacy was established in 1918. The business moved to this location in 1965. This sign was moved from the previous location across the street at that point. It appears to be from the 1940s or 1950s. Katsin's closed in 2004. The sign on the building was gone by 2019. The wood at the top of the pole sign was removed revealing the word "DRUGS." In 2022, a florist moved into the building. The pole sign will remain for now. [map]

More Red Bank:
Anderson Bros. Moving & Storage [gone]
Dorn's Photo Shop

A.W. Meyer Hardware [map]

Ridgefield Park:
Dolly Madison Ice Cream

White Eagle Tavern
Riverside, NJ
Mister Softee
Runnemede, NJ
The White Eagle Tavern sign is probably from the late 1940s or 1950s. The eagle is lit with white neon while the text below is lit with white and pink. The eagle's wings are lit in three-part animation. This photo is from 2009. The bar closed in 2015. In 2017, the building was remodeled for White Eagle Liquor. The single-sided sign was repainted and new transformers were installed. The "Tavern" letters were changed to read "Liquor". Those letters are now painted red. [map]

This Mister Softee sign is installed on the roof at the company's headquarters and depot. The sign appears to be made from a Mister Softee truck. The company was established in Philadelphia in 1956. For more, see this website. [map]

More Riverside:
Riverside Pharmacy: 1, 2 [gone]

Flash Cleaners [gone]

Sea Isle City:
Marie's Lobster House
Mike's Seafood

Surfside Motel
Seaside Heights, NJ
Super Market [gone]
Somerset, NJ
Colonial Motor Court [gone]
Springfield, NJ
The Surfside Motel opened in 1970. This sign appears to be from then. Around 2021, the panels were replaced with more modern versions. [map]

The Save-Rite Super Market sign appears to be from the 1950s. This photo is from 2009. By 2013, the neon had been removed and the sign painted white and blue. It was still there in 2018 but gone by 2020.

The Colonial Motor Court was built in 1951. The motel was demolished in 2017 but the sign was still there. In 2018, the sign was covered up with vinyl tarps advertising the fitness center that was soon to be built on the property. This sign was gone by 2020. For more, see this website.

More Seaside Heights:
Sea Garden Motel

Southampton Township:
Red Top Market

More Toms River:
Americana Motel [gone]

Williams Glass
Trenton, NJ
Home Furniture
Trenton, NJ
Neon Bar [gone]
Trenton, NJ
Williams Glass is gone but this sign remains. It is probably from the 1940s or 1950s. [map]

This Home Furniture sign is located in the parking lot behind the store. It is probably from the 1950s. [map]

The Neon Bar sign was probably from the 1950s. By 2019, the neon had been removed and the sign was painted white with crude, hand-painted letters for Tony's Liquors.

More Trenton:
Curtis Suburban Lanes

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