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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)