Day 11: Seattle and Beyond

Most of the day was spent zipping around Seattle — grateful to have sunshine!

This former gas station housed the Station Bistro restaurant when I shot it in 2008:

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In 2009, the building was further transformed (disguised?) as the Shelter Lounge.  Here’s what it looks like now:

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Hattie’s Hat has been around since 1904.  This sign is obviously from much later — 1960s?

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The exterior features vitrolite and these cool mid-century modern looking tiles:

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The interior is loaded with ambiance:

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A modern sign, but awfully nice, at the 2 Bit Saloon which closed last year.  Hopefully, the place will reopen or at least the sign will stay:

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There used to be so many wonderful motel signs on Auburn Ave.   This is one of only a handful that are left:

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Simply glorious!

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There are six Dick’s Drive-ins in the Seattle area.  This is the original, in Seattle, from 1954.  The top panel still spins:

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This flower shop is gone.  But the space is now occupied by “Flowers Bar & Restaurant” which has kept the sign:

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Bick’s opened in the late 1990s and this sign is obviously modern.  That’s apparently a steak that the chef is flipping.  It must have been inspired by one of the pancake-flipping chef signs — but I don’t know which one:
http://www.roadarch.com/sca/pancakes.html

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Sometime between 2011 and 2014, the Way West Motel sign was painted over for a marijuana store.  Here’s a link to a “before” photo:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/cmaceachen/2641665805/

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Aurora Plumbing was established in 1960.  This sign might be from then:

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Moving on to Lynnwood for these last two shots.  Best Auto Parts opened in 1958.  This sign looks 1960s:

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A House of Clocks has been around since 1963:

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Three more days & posts to go.  If I don’t catch up tonight, I’ll get ’em done tomorrow.

dj

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