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September 7, 2010

Vintage Neon Signs Part 1

By Sara In AZ


Don’t y’all just love old neon signs? I truly do think they are such works of art and every time I see one I pray that no one will ever knock it down. There are still some old neon signs left on Main Street in Mesa (also known as Hwy 60), which was a big thru-way back in it’s heyday before we had all these new-fangled freeways and tollways! I thought it would be fun to photograph my favorite neon signs and let y’all share in my kitschy love-fest for these cool old signs.

First up is Watson’s Flowers. I really think this is such a great sign, the colors are spectacular! When Mike’s sister was married she got her flowers from here. I wonder if the sign has been there since 1927? Mmmmm, probably not – huh.

Next up is the Hiway Host sign! I realize this sign does not have as much interest or color as the Watson’s sign, but I thought it was really cool anyway. I love the Starburst on this sign, it really screams 50s!

Here we have the Bill Johnson’s restaurant sign. I love the huge angry looking Longhorn on this sign – “Don’t eat me” he says! Mike told me that his family used to go to this restaurant all the time when he was younger. Maybe we should give it a try sometime?

Lastly, we have the El Capitan sign. I love how this sign has the painted picture of the bomber plane with the Military guy relaxing at a table. So Cool!

Stay tuned everyone, I will have more Neon sign pictures for y’all in my next post on Thursday.

OK! The countdown is on for the Kozy Shack Pudding contest! Voting ends September 15th! Please remember to vote for Eartha Kitsch in the Kozy Shack Contest! Please spread the word if you can! Click HERE for the link. Thanks y’all!

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9 Responses to Vintage Neon Signs Part 1

  1. Andrea Reply

    September 7, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Those are awesome! It is nice that the businesses have maintained them well and kept them new looking!

  2. Anonymous Reply

    September 7, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Glad to know you’re a lover of Googie, too! These are spectacular. Thanks for sharing!!

  3. Anonymous Reply

    September 7, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Oh, how I love Googie! Thanks, Sara. These are so funky!

  4. sablemable Reply

    September 7, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    One of my favorite MCM things! Love the motel signs, but only if it doesn’t say Bates Motel, LOL!

  5. Sara in AZ Reply

    September 7, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Andrea – Thanks! I really love seeing these old signs still around and looking good too!

    Sable – Heeeeee! Bates Motel! Wouldn’t that be a kicker if I came across one of those in real life!

    Anon – Googie is the best!

  6. Eartha Kitsch Reply

    September 7, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Thanks Miss Sara! Those are beautiful shots and beautiful signs. I can’t decide which one I love the best. Maybe the florist one? But then again, I’m always drawn to the old Western stuff. I’ll just love them all!

  7. Sara in AZ Reply

    September 7, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    No problem Miss Eartha! 🙂 And, just wait until my next post on Thursday – there is a special sign just for you!

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