Thursday, October 29, 2009

Repairing - Andy's Auto Service

Andy's Auto Service, 1945

This is another exception to the "painted building sign" model of this blog, since this is a hanging sign, and neon at one time to boot. But it generally follows my previous post in the garage genre so I'm including it here. This sign of unknown vintage and appropriately rusted Quonset hut (probably WWII surplus since it dates to 1945) sits on NE Hancock between MLK and NE 3rd.


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A.A. Auto Repair Co.

Tom Black's Garage, 1912

This old garage has had several layers of signage over the years. Its most recent, or at least most visible, on the west wall, is:

The east wall (lower photo) seems to read:

Tom Black's Garage now occupies the building on NE Holladay St. between 25th and 25, overlooking I-84.


Thursday, October 22, 2009

Cafe Food

Building, 1909

Before it was Demetri's Restaurant & Lounge at the corner of West Burnside and SW 17th, it was a cafe of some sort. Demetri's threw a neon sign over part of the old sign on the west wall and painted over the rest.

Demetri's is now gone, and along with it the neon sign, leaving just a remnant of the painted sign. At least that's how it was when Samuel John Klein captured the first photo in July 2009. Even that little bit is gone now; the second photo shows it in October of 2009. Google Street View (bottom) shows how the old Demetri's neon looked.

Thanks to Sam for the use of the revealed "CAFE FOOD" photograph from his The ZehnKatzen Times blog.


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Drink Coca-Cola

McPeet's Portland Pub, 1928

Originally painted circa 1940, this nice Coca-Cola sign was restored in 1997. See it on the east side of McPeet's Portland Pub at NE 45th and Fremont.


Thursday, October 15, 2009

Forge Dept.

A nice old rusty industrial hand-painted sign tucked back from the road.

NW Nicolai between NW28th and 29th.


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Steel Company

Pacific Machinery & Tool Steel Co, 1930

This nicely rusted and weathered "STEEL COMPANY - IRON & STEEL PRODUCTS" is on NW St. Helens Rd, just west of NW 35th Ave.


Thursday, October 8, 2009

Tube Forgings

Tube Forgings of America

From the corner of NW Front Avenue and NW Kittridge Avenue, you can see this unique painted sign. Nicely weathered, it towers over the Tube Forgings of America plant, this one on the south side and another facing north.


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Reserved - First Baptist Church

This is an easy one to miss. Nestled under a billboard, often hidden by parked cars, this old "RESERVED" sign can be found on SW 12th between Salmon and Taylor.


Thursday, October 1, 2009

CFI Update

Almost a year ago I posted this CFI - Commercial Furnishings Inc. sign that I guessed dated to the 1970s. That sign is now gone, covered by this plastic ad for Chinese sports brand Li Ning Company. CFI goes extinct at NW 10th and Hoyt.