OK then — found my second wind. On with today’s photos from Bakersfield. Let’s start with a little streamline building:
and some signs:
The Tower Motel has three signs:
The lettering here is pretty skewed to one side — inexperienced signmaker?
Had to do it. Note Sparkle’s brand new rear bumper — just got it done Friday (after she was blasted from behind in Atlantic City several weeks ago). Didn’t cost me anything…. but time.
This old Shell sign is at a petroleum company:
Random mid-century modern fun:
Some more streamline:
I’m pretty sure this is relatively new:
There are a couple of neon signs at the Mexicali — but I think this plastic saguaro is the best:
A former IHOP — with a rare pretty-much-intact sign:
Odd barn building / bail bonds combo. Maybe adapted from another use? Maybe “The Bail Barn” originally?
Streamers & shadows:
At least three Jolly Cones in town. But this is the only one with the fun sign:
And to pay my respects — and it was HOT today. A half & half. Sparkle blurred in the background which conceals her worst feature — that nose job she got in New Mexico, thanks to me. I asked the guy at Maaco how much it would be to paint that bumper — only $250. So maybe when . I get a job… and an apartment… I’ll splurge on that.
Fun disco skaters — Skateland. Huge rooftop sign. Shameless self-promotion –> I wrote about this sign, among others, in a Skating Signs feature for the SCA (Society for Commercial Archeology) — it’s not listed on the site yet, but it’s Volume 29 #2 (Fall 2011):
A swap meet dino:
On to Taft — which like Bakersfield — is big oil country:
From Maricopa. The neon reads “Open” below the 76 sign — but the station is very much closed:
Ran out of sun in Fillmore — just enough to get this shot of “Ernie’s Auto” (a former station):
OK — I’m back at the job hunting this week — but I might grab you a few more shots next weekend. But no big or far trips planned at this point. If you’ve got a job, count your blessings! I’ve been witnessing lots of folks who have a far worse situation than mine.