S.F. Bay Area Trip (Day 2 of 4)

I was very sad to see another sign defaced.  This one in Vallejo still had neon until at least last summer.  My photo from 2014:

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And now….

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These embossed Schwinn signs used to be everywhere — now there are just a few scattered around the country.  The one is in Fremont:

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I stopped by Bell Plastics in Hayward to see a few of Bruce’s new acquisitions.  This fiberglass boy with a burger is a mystery to both of us.  I suspect it was a one-off since I’ve never seen one before:

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Bruce just got this guy from Moody, AL.  These Pioneer statues were produced by International Fiberglass, the makers of so many recently so-called “Muffler Men.”  More about their Pioneer statues at this page at my website:
http://www.roadarch.com/giants/ifother3.html

You might notice the half globe on the left.  Yep, Bruce has also got an Atlas statue or two now.  He’s got a lot of restoring to do!

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This towering sign is also in Hayward.  If you’re curious about the cool building next door, I’ve got info about Caspers Famous Hot Dog locations here:
http://www.roadarch.com/eateries/hotdogs2.html#Hay1

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Moving on to Oakland.  I’ve never been able to catch this sign in full sun.  My last photo from 2015:
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And now… Another one destroyed with backlit plastic:

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I’m so glad that this florist sign in Oakland is still hanging in there — even though there’s now a coffee shop below it (Black Spring Coffee Company):

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And then it was over the bridge to San Francisco for Day 1 of the three-day Neon Symposium.  An incredible gathering of neon sign fans & experts.  If you missed it, mark your calendars for this time next year & get tix early (it sold out this year).  This was the first of, hopefully, many more to come:
http://sfneon.org/

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I’ll probably be back tomorrow night with Day 3 of this trip.  In the meantime, don’t forget about the some other photos from this trip over at Flickr:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/agilitynut/

Good night,

dj & the dogs

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