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La Fonda Restaurant
West Hollywood, CA
Virginia Court Motel
West Hollywood, CA
In 2010, the La Fonda Restaurant and Virginia Court Motel signs were installed in the median of Santa Monica Boulevard, formerly Route 66. The signs are owned by the Museum of Neon Art and are on temporary loan. They are lit at night.

The La Fonda Restaurant was built in Glendale, CA in 1945. The sign was probably built then as well. It was donated to MONA in 1984. The sign was on display at Universal Studios' CityWalk from 1993-2000. For more, see this website.

The Virginia Court Motel sign is a replica of one that was previously in Meridian, MS. The motel built the sign in 1950 when a pool was added. When the motel was demolished in the 1990s, the sign was saved by a collector. He loaned the original sign to MONA which temporarily displayed it in the museum in downtown Los Angeles. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Earl Scheib
Beverly Hills, CA
This Earl Scheib sign is installed in the parking lot in front of Cafe Talesai. Earl Scheib Paint & Body was founded in Los Angeles in 1936 and had locations nationwide. The company folded in 2010. There are still many former locations still using the name. There was a shop on this lot before this restaurant and the other stores were built. The sign is lit at night. These signs featured neon cars revolving around a globe. As far as I know, the only other Earl Scheib sign like this is at the American Sign Museum. For more, see this website.

Coates Cyclery
Pomona, CA
Pomona Fish Market
Pomona, CA
Mr. Milk Bottle
Pomona, CA
Pala Motel
Pomona, CA
Coates Cyclery was established in 1934. This sign is probably from the 1950s. [map]

The Pomona Fish Market is a combination fish market and restaurant. It has been here since at least 1937. [map]

The Mr. Milk Bottle sign stands in front of an Alta Dena dairy convenience store. The sign originally had neon. I'm guessing it's from the 1960s. For more, see this website. [map]

The Pala Motel features a Norms-like sign. It was probably built in the late 1950s or early 1960s. For more, see this website. [map]

YMCA
Pomona, CA
Frantz Cleaners
Pomona, CA
Di Carlo Liquor
Pomona, CA
This YMCA was built in 1921. This sign is probably from the 1950s or so. In 2013, the YMCA moved to a new building. I believe the sign will be staying here. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Frantz Cleaners opened in 1958. This sign appears to be from then. For more, see this website. [map]

The Di Carlo Liquor sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

Top Hat Liquor
Pomona, CA
Pomona Flowers
Pomona, CA
The Top Hat Liquor sign is probably from the 1950s. [map]

The Pomona Flowers store and sign appear to be from the 1950s. The store was closed when this photo was taken in 2013. For more, see this website. [map]

Mayfair Hotel
Pomona, CA
M&M Electric
Pomona, CA
Los Angeles County Fair
Pomona, CA
The Mayfair Hotel was built in 1915 as the Avis Hotel. It became the Mayfair Hotel in 1932. This sign appears to be from then. The hotel closed in 1990 after a fire. The building was restored in 2013 and now houses apartments. The sign was restored at that time. It probably had a tin trim where the border paint is now. This photo shows the restored sign. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

M&M Electric was established in 1947. This sign appears to be from then. [map]

This Los Angeles County Fair sign is probably from the 1950s.

More Pomona Signs:
Carl's Do-Nut Shop
Ernie's [in storage]
Fun Zone [vintage; gone]

Los Angeles County Fair
La Verne, CA
La Paloma Mexican Restaurant
La Verne, CA
This Los Angeles County Fair sign was built in the early 1960s. After being in storage for many years, it was restored in 2008. It was installed at the Fairplex's northern gate. For more, see this website. The La Paloma Mexican Restaurant opened in 1966. This sign appears to be from then.

Phillips & Sons
Pismo Beach, CA
JJ's at the Beach [gone]
Pismo Beach, CA
The K.L. Phillips & Sons sign originally advertised for Pauline's Wild Goose Cafe which was located a few blocks away. The sign was built in the 1940s. It was moved and adapted at some point for K.L. Phillips' combination cafe, sporting goods store, and Phillips 66 gas station. K.L. Phillips was established in 1939. The buildings now house Harmony House Yoga and the Honeymoon Cafe.

JJ's at the Beach had another similar whale sign on the side of the building with green neon. This photo is from 2008. Both of these signs are gone now. The building has been occupied by the Shell Cafe since around 2010. [night photo thanks Mark Comstock]

Mo's Smokehouse BBQ
Pismo Beach, CA
Hot Shots Billiards
Pismo Beach, CA
Mo's Smokehouse BBQ opened in 1995 and this sign is from then.

Hot Shots Billiards is housed in the former Vaudeville Theatre. I believe this pool hall opened in the 1990s. The sign is from then.

Brad's Restaurant
Pismo Beach, CA
Brad's Restaurant opened in 1952. This may be a replica sign of the original.

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