These Days many artists and designers have a true love for Retro and vintage design. They share their true passion whenever opportunity comes. We can probably search several thousand showcases of retro designs today in this 21st century, But well not many of actual vintage designs that were used in old 1940s, ’50s and ’60s and those are still in use today.
4600ish N Western
As seen in downtown Buffalo, New York.
The Palms Motor Hotel
Parkside Candies in Amherst, NY.
Krispy Kreme in Kolor
Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN.
Carling Black Label Beer
Albany, GA; Oglethorpe Lounge.
deangelis (delightfully different) donuts
A South Street icon bites the dust. At least the new shop left the giant creepy ants on the facade. And there is Crash, Bang, Boom — a very respectable spin-off shop, around the corner. Philadelphia, PA.
Great side wall signage for Uncle Jer’s on Sunset Blvd. in Los Angeles doing business since 1978.
Drive-up green burger/pastrami joint
Mel’s Drive In
Great retro neon and bub signage for Mel’s in Hollywood.
Rock & roll joint somewhere in the upmarket Apgujeong.
Flickr is a superb place to search for inspiration of all kinds, no matter what your project. Check out some of these great sign-related groups, and contribute to them if you have your own great photos of vintage signs!
- Faded Signage
Dedicated to faded signs, and has over 13,500 photos to date!
- San Jose Vintage Signage
Unique and vintage signage (in their original form) from San Jose, California.
- Signage & Typography
Typography in signs, including advertising, neon and even simple instructional text.
- Vintage Neon Signage & More
Old signage from motels, shops, bowling alleys, car lots and cafes.
- I Love Old Signs!
Working and broken neon signs, steel signs, plastic signs and ghost ads.
- Motel & Hotel Signs
This group is dedicated to motel and hotel signs, both new and old.
- Vintage Texaco
Vintage Texaco goods, from old oil cans to postcards to toys… and of course vintage signs.
- Plastic Signage
Plastic signs: new, vintage and everything in between.
- Liquor Stores
Photos of liquor stores. And what do liquor stores have in common other than liquor? Signs!
- Vacuum Formed Signs
Vacuum formed signs from all eras.
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