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Showcase Of Beautiful Vintage and Retro Signage

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Many designers and artists have a true love for vintage and retro design and share their passion when the opportunity arises. One could probably find several hundred showcases of retro designs on display today in the 21st century, but not many of actual vintage ones that were used in the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s and are still in use today.

To celebrate the beauty of vintage and retro typography, we have compiled a showcase of vintage and retro signage to inspire you: a great excuse to take five minutes out to admire the styles, whether simple or complex, and the love that went into creating these gorgeous vintage signs.

Showcase of Vintage Signage

Sydney

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hampton inn. green bay, wi. 2006

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deangelis (delightfully different) donuts
Rochester, PA

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bakersfield
Drive-up green burger/pastrami joint

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Simmons and Clark Jeweler in Downtown Detroit

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liquor. santa monica, ca. 2006

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Put Some South in Your Mouth

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Seoul rock
Rock & roll joint somewhere in the upmarket Apgujeong.

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Mel’s Drive In
Great retro neon and bub signage for Mel’s in Hollywood.

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they go together like a horse and carriage

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4600ish N Western

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Walthamstow Stadium

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Motel Hamburg

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Remember me, summer

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Italy Ninetta von Blaschke

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Tradewinds Motel

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Canterbury Records

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IN, Cambridge City-U.S. 40 Rihm’s Drive-In Liquor Store Sign

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Johnny Rockets on Woodward in Downtown Detroit
A cool sign for a 50’s style diner, this chain of restaurant was originally launched out of California in 1986. Located in Foxtown, this diner is right near The Fillmore, Fox Theater, and Comerica Park.

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Eyetwist signs

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The Flame

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Eyetwist signs 2

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Urban Script
As seen in downtown Buffalo, New York.

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Ice-Cold

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Casa de cadillac, Sherman oaks

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prcssd. las vegas, nv. 2007

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The Palms Motor Hotel
Portland, Oregon.

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Lights for Liquor

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route 66. seligman, az. 2007

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Bubbles

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Parkside
Parkside Candies in Amherst, NY.

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Krispy Kreme in Kolor
Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN.

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Carling Black Label Beer
Albany, GA; Oglethorpe Lounge.

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South Haven

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Last Click

route 66. hackberry, az. 2007.

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Uncle Jer’s
Great side wall signage for Uncle Jer’s on Sunset Blvd. in Los Angeles doing business since 1978.

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Chubbie’s

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R.I.P. Zipperhead
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.

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>>> Moving Forward >>>

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Flickr Groups

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!

Further Resources

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