It was a killer hot day. I was wise enough to run the dogs a good long while in the morning when it was in the 70s. Later, I managed to find a bit of river for them to swim and stand in. Sparkle’s AC was running all day long. At one point, when I started the engine after getting gas, there was a loudish whirring fan sound. It lasted a few minutes and then went away. Hasn’t made the noise since. But I’m fearful of what could happen on the big two week trip coming up.
Anyhow — let’s start in Yuba City at Mug’s Liquor. Groovy 1960s looking building:
I’m fearful that when those “MUGS” letters finally droop off, that the store will get a new plain ole’ box sign:
From Marysville. This locksmith shop is still open. But please don’t say anything to Bob about this peeling paint. You know it’ll probably go badly if they do repaint:
Also in Marysville and also still open. If you speak to “Cotton”, tell him how much this faded paint adds grit and integrity to the sign:
Two more signs from Marysville. This one looks like it has new panels. I assume the sign is a replica of the original:
Last one from Marysville. Probably early 1960s with that combo neon & plastic:
From Oroville. The neon in these channel letters is long gone. There used to be another sign on top of those little brand name signs on the roof:
From Chico. Simple and perfect sign but not so great light. With three font styles and 60+ year old porcelain enamel that continues to shine:
Let’s wrap-up with a couple of signs from Red Bluff. Both which apparently never get turned off:
Although the arrow’s tubing is broken, note the waggly tail that was surely animated. Also admire the wood grain letters of “Tip’s”:
I’ll be back posting before you know it. My big two week trip of the year starts July 18 (counting the days!). The dogs and I are heading to Oregon & Washington. Hoping for a tad cooler weather, please.
Until then, don’t forget there are some other photos that I’ve posted over at Flickr:
dj & the dogs