Whew! It is SO good to be home in the fog and cool breezes. 17 days of 100+ degree days in the Southwest was not pleasant BUT I got loads of photos so it was definitely worth the pain. Several days were spent driving 12 hrs. plus without A/C so the dogs and I really got to feel what the desert is all about. I had plenty of water to douse the dogs and my head and we got though it alive. Ice cream was a near daily staple.
Day 2 got off to a slow start since the first half of it was spent at the Pep Boys in Yuma getting the A/C fixed — or so I thought. It only lasted 4 days. A lot of boring highway miles on Day 3 before we arrived in the Phoenix area. Let’s start with some photos from there.
I don’t know what business this pawn shop sign advertised for originally:
Google Street View from 2007 gives a clue — the dollar sign panels look like they were originally “H”s:
I believe this was a liquor store originally. There are apparently identical buildings in the California desert (e.g., Needles, Yucca Valley). So, it might have been a chain:
The last time I visited the Christown Lanes in 2012, the building was greyish & white:
By 2015, the building had flashier red paint. The paitn was getting a touch up when I was here on this trip:
I doubt the rock wall was three-tone like this originally:
This gigantic sign visible from I-17 was a Goodyear sign originally:
This vintage photo is from this website:
There are very few of these Travelodge signs left so I’ve started shooting them even when they’ve been hideously adapted. I don’t believe there are any that still advertise for Travelodge:
This postcard shows there original look:
I don’t know the original business for this one but I like the shapes. I assume the disk on top revolved:
Much to admire here at this mid-century modern building in Mesa. The screen, the columns with ballies, the brick planters, the raised letters….
Also in Mesa. Gotta be 1970s, right? Yes, this is a big one. The top panel still revolves:
In Chandler. Originally a Chrysler sign. That’s the “Flookerang” (Forward Look) logo in neon on top:
A former KFC bucket sign in Chandler was adapted last year for a Bosa Donuts. This would have had the more modern bucket Colonel graphic originally. I believe the vintage buckets were a tad narrower.
One more from Chandler. Maybe this was always the Wingfoot Mini-Mart. Much to love — the spear, the ballie, the shish-kebab panels below:
So much more to come…
Don’t forget that I do these blog/Flickr posts in separate, simultaneous batches. Other nicer-looking signs, buildings & other stuff over here:
dj & the dogs