The Florida Motel in Gainesville, Florida has succumbed to the wrecking ball. We travelled up to get some final shots of this 1950s sign before it's gone. They have a GoFundMe campaign going to raise funds to move it.
In addition to my love of old neon signs, I have a few other passion projects. Space Squatch was dreamed up as a father/daughter project for a road trip back in 2016. 3 years later and we're still tracking the creature across the US. Here's the first shot we ever took, near the Florida/Georgia border near Jacksonville.
The iconic World Liquors sign in St. Petersburg, FL has been taken down. Rather than head to the scrap yard or a private collection, the sign was purchased by the owner of Fergs, a restaurant down the street from this sign's original location. In interviews, Ferg has expressed interest in re-purposing the sign to advertise his restaurant. This wouldn't be the first time the sign has been re-purposed, as it was originally a furniture store sign. Want a World Liquors t-shirt? You can find that in my Etsy store HERE
When I was shooting the top of the RAYCO Auto Seat Covers sign, a fellow who works at the shop pulled up. He was a bit suspicious about what I was doing, but after I explained the project to him, he became quite chatty. He went into the shop and brought out this picture of the sign crew doing the install back in 1953. This made my day.
I spied this abandoned theater while vacationing in Hawaii back in 2008.
Back in 2006, I loaded up my trusty Stella scooter and rode from Seattle up to the San Juan Islands. Along the way, I came across the Anchor Inn Tavern, so I stopped to take a pic (for some friends who used to live there). I was in a rush to catch a ferry, so didn't have time to step inside, but love the sign!
The city of St. Petersburg (Vintage Neon Project's home base) produced this document highlighting significant neon signs (past and present) in the area. It's an exhaustive list and well worth a look. VNP even got a special "thank you" in the document for helping with the effort.
View the document HERE.
The China City sign in St. Petersburg has been removed. The restaurant has been closed for a while and the property sold. The owners of the restaurant are keeping the sign. This is a VNP favorite here in our community, it will be missed!