Day 16: Farmington (NM) to Flagstaff (AZ)

A few more shots from Farmington.  I don’t know how old or redone this sign is but it’s still pretty fun.  The digital message board is hideous but the giant angled pin makes up for it:

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This sign is backlit at night:

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This was Star Collision a few years ago.  It looks like the “Furniture” panel was covered up then and has now reappeared:

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The International Fiberglass statue at Sun Glass — unintentionally and magically reflected in Sparkle’s window:

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This one was dark at night:

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I really wanted a better photo of this one but the *$&@# telephone pole interfered:

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From Bloomfield, NM:

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Another shot from Bloomfield.  Evidently, these shaved ice stands are scattered around the country — about 20 states.  I love all the syrup flavor bottles.  I definitely would have had one if the place had been open.  A modern equivalent of the carts I remember from NYC.  It looks like a deflated inflatable waving guy on the roof:

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A much cuter shaved ice stand in Kirtland that looks like it’s been closed for awhile:

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Here’s an assortment of signs from Gallup:

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And on into Arizona.  This shot is from Holbrook — installing signs on a truck is one way around a sign code:

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The sign is a repurposed Best Western sign — an example of one that I shot in Sturgis, SD in 2012:

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From Winslow — very sad to see the whole mid-section of this Indian sign blown out.  This is what the sign looked like a few years ago:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljdesignphoto/2388380395/

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On to Flagstaff.  Here’s the Whispering Winds Motor Hotel which has some nice mid-century modern details — rocky bricks, backlit cylinder lights, cantilever porte cochere…

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More cylinders and fun use of pink and blue.  The sign (not shown) pole is painted brown now but, otherwise, the place looks just like this vintage postcard:
https://www.cardcow.com/599873/whispering-winds-motor-hotel-flagstaff-arizona/

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I love old vacancy signs with doors, flaps, and boxes.  This one at the Motel Du Beau is low enough to the ground that the door for the “No” panel could have been slid back and forth by hand.  Despite it being recessed, I guess the neon was enough to make it visible:

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A repurposed Rexall sign like this one:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/agilitynut/34745206905/

You can see a teensy bit or orange at the top of this sign.  It looks like the original panels were simply covered up with new ones.  The aged metal can between the panels seems to indicate that as well:

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A little bit more Arizona to come.  I’ll get the final post from this trip up either tomorrow or Saturday.

dj

 

 

 

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