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Showcase Of Beautiful Vintage and Retro Signage

      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


      Vintage Signage - Sydney

      hampton inn. green bay, wi. 2006

      Vintage Signage - hampton inn. green bay, wi. 2006

      deangelis (delightfully different) donuts Rochester, PA

      Vintage Signage - deangelis (delightfully different) donuts

      bakersfield Drive-up green burger/pastrami joint

      Vintage Signage - bakersfield

      Simmons and Clark Jeweler in Downtown Detroit

      Vintage Signage - Simmons and Clark Jeweler in Downtown Detroit

      liquor. santa monica, ca. 2006

      Vintage Signage - liquor. santa monica, ca. 2006

      Put Some South in Your Mouth

      Vintage Signage - Put Some South in Your Mouth

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

      Vintage Signage - Seoul rock

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

      Vintage Signage - Mel's Drive In

      they go together like a horse and carriage

      Vintage Signage - they go together like a horse and carriage

      4600ish N Western

      Vintage Signage - 4600ish N Western

      Walthamstow Stadium

      Vintage Signage - Walthamstow Stadium

      Motel Hamburg

      Vintage Signage - Motel Hamburg

      Remember me, summer

      Vintage Signage - Remember me, summer

      Italy Ninetta von Blaschke

      Vintage Signage - Italy Ninetta von Blaschke

      Tradewinds Motel

      Vintage Signage - Tradewinds Motel - 2

      Canterbury Records

      Vintage Signage - Canterbury Records - rear

      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.

      Vintage Signage - Johnny Rockets on Woodward in Downtown Detroit

      Eyetwist signs

      Vintage Signage - eyetwist signs

      The Flame

      The Flame

      Eyetwist signs 2

      Vintage Signage - eyetwist signs

      Urban Script As seen in downtown Buffalo, New York.

      Vintage Signage - Urban Script


      Vintage Signage - Ice-Cold

      Casa de cadillac, Sherman oaks

      Vintage Signage - casa de cadillac. sherman oaks, ca. 1995.

      prcssd. las vegas, nv. 2007

      Vintage Signage - prcssd. las vegas, nv. 2007

      The Palms Motor Hotel Portland, Oregon.

      Vintage Signage - The Palms Motor Hotel

      Lights for Liquor

      Vintage Signage - Lights for Liquor

      route 66. seligman, az. 2007

      Vintage Signage - route 66\. seligman, az. 2007.


      Vintage Signage - Bubbles

      Parkside Parkside Candies in Amherst, NY.

      Vintage Signage - Parkside

      Krispy Kreme in Kolor Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN.

      Vintage Signage - Krispy Kreme in Kolor

      Carling Black Label Beer Albany, GA; Oglethorpe Lounge.

      Vintage Signage - Carling Black Label Beer

      South Haven

      Vintage Signage - south haven

      Last Click

      route 66. hackberry, az. 2007.

      Vintage Signage - route 66\. hackberry, az. 2007.

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

      Vintage Signage - Uncle Jer's


      Vintage Signage - Chubbie's

      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.

      Vintage Signage - R.I.P. Zipperhead

      >>> Moving Forward >>>

      Vintage Signage - Moving Forward

      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

      Smashing Editorial (al)