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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

          Sydney

          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

          Ice-Cold

          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.

          Bubbles

          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

          Chubbie’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)