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Michigan Signs (page 4)

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Top Cleaners
Utica, MI
General Printing and Office Supply
Pontiac, MI
Pontiac Paint Co.
Pontiac, MI
Top Cleaners probably opened in the 1950s.

General Printing and Office Supply is gone but this sign remains. It was probably built in the 1930s or 1940s.

The Pontiac Paint Co. opened in 1946. These signs are probably from then. They are lit at night. For more, see this website.

Shelby Lanes
Shelby Township, MI
Palms Krystal Bar & Grill
Port Huron, MI
I believe the Shelby Lanes opened in the late 1960s.

The Palms Krystal Bar & Grill claims that it opened in 1936. I suspect that somewhere along the line, their opening date got confused with the year that Chicken in the Rough fried chicken was invented. Unless the Palms opened coincidentally in 1936 and began carrying Chicken in the Rough later on. I believe the first Chicken in the Rough restaurants opened in Oklahoma. The only other neon Chicken in the Rough sign that I know of is in Oklahoma City, OK. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Brass Rail
Port Huron, MI
The Brass Rail opened in 1937 and these signs may be from then. They are lit at night. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Oasis Liquor
Paw Paw, MI
Corner Bar
Rockford, MI
Colonial Motel
Rockford, MI
4 Star Gas
Wyoming, MI
This Oasis Liquor sign was built in 2010. It is a replica of the original sign from the 1950s. The owners decided to replace the rusting, original sign since it was far cheaper than restoring it. The original sign was donated to the American Sign Museum in Cincinnati. For more, see 1 and 2.

The Corner Bar sign is probably from the 1930s. The Corner Bar operated as pool hall in the early 1930s. After Prohibition, the establishment added hot dogs in order to satisfy the food requirement needed to obtain a liquor license. The sign is lit at night. For more, see this website.

The Colonial Motel sign is probably from the 1950s. The neon has been removed.

There were a few of these 4 Star Gas signs in the Grand Rapids area. I believe this is the only one left. The gas station is still operating. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Weatherball
Grand Rapids, MI
Lannings' Restaurant
and Catering
Grand Rapids, MI
Riviera Motel
Grand Rapids, MI
Wenger's Bowl
Grand Rapids, MI
Crystal Cleaners [gone]
Grand Rapids, MI
The Weatherball was installed in 1967 on top of the Michigan National Bank Building downtown. It was lit with different colors at night to forecast the weather: red for warmer, blue for cooler, green no change, blinking for rain or snow. The sign was removed in 1987 and stored in a junkyard. In 1999, WZZM Channel 13 bought the Weatherball. It was restored and installed on a 100 foot tall pole in 2003. The same colors are used for weather forecasting. For more, see this website.

Lannings' Restaurant and Catering opened in 1941 as the Humpty Dumpty Restaurant. The name change and this sign are probably from the late 1940s or 1950s. The restaurant here closed in 2008. There was another location in town which seems to be gone now as well. The catering business is still operating but not in this building. For more, see this website.

The Riviera Motel sign appears to be from the 1950s. It is lit at night. For more, see this website.

Wenger's Bowl opened in 1920. This sign is probably from the 1950s. For more, see this website.

The Crystal Cleaners sign was probably from the 1950s. This photo is from 2006. By 2011, the business and this sign were gone. For more, see this website.

Richmond
Stamp Works
Grand Rapids, MI
Lazy T Motel
Grand Rapids, MI
Dreswel Dry Cleaners
Grand Rapids, MI
Clique
Bowling Lanes
Grand Rapids, MI
Williams Used Cars
Grand Rapids, MI
Dick's Fine Foods
Grand Rapids, MI
Richmond Stamp Works was established in 1907 and is still in operation. The sign appears to be from the 1940s or 1950s. It is lit at night. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

The Lazy T Motel sign is probably from the 1950s. It is lit at night. For more, see this website.

The Dreswel Dry Cleaners sign is probably from the 1950s. It is no longer lit.

The Clique Bowling Lanes opened in 1953. The 16 lanes came from the Chicago Coliseum. The sign is lit at night. For more, see this website.

The Williams Used Cars sign was adapted at some point from a mass-produced Buick sign like this one in Pottsville, PA.

Dick's Fine Foods is gone but this sign remains. BB's Diner occupies the space below it now.

Van's of Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids, MI
Konkle's Bar
Grand Rapids, MI
Red Lion
Grand Rapids, MI
Van's of Grand Rapids was either a hobby, toy and game store or a party supplies store. Or maybe it was both? The sign still remains although the building now houses A 1 Bingo Supplies & Games.

The Konkle's Bar sign is probably from the 1950s or earlier. The neon had been missing for years but was restored around 2008. For more, see this website.

The Red Lion Family Restaurant opened in 1921. This sign is probably from the 1950s. The restaurant has been closed since at least 2007 but this sign remains. There was a least one other location in town that had an identical sign. For more, see this website.

Herkimer Hotel
Grand Rapids, MI
DJ's Cocktail
Lounge
Grand Rapids, MI
Anchor Bar
Grand Rapids, MI
The Herkimer Hotel was built in 1895. It has been converted into apartments. This sign appears to be from the 1930s or 1940s.

The DJ's Cocktail Lounge sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. Around 2010, this female silhouette replaced a cocktail glass. The sign is lit at night. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

The Anchor Bar opened in the 1930s or 1940s. I don't know if this sign is refurbished or brand new.

More Grand Rapids Signs:
Burton Foodland

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