Submissions: Take a Photo of Your Favorite Vintage Sign in L.A.
Last week, GOOD LA and Hidden Los Angeles partnered up to ask you, Los Angeles, to show us your favorite vintage signs. You delivered, with almost 250 submissions from all over the city, from strip clubs to Scientology headquarters, Broadway theaters to Valley motels. There were crowd favorites like Felix the Cat and oddballs like Asthma Vapinese. Restaurants like Canter's, Mel's, and Randy's were all well-represented, as were both French dip rivals Philippe's and Cole's.
Now it's time to vote for a winner who will win two tickets to the Los Angeles Conservancy's "Last Remaining Seats" film series. UPDATE: The poll accidentally closed early, so we're leaving it open until 2pm! We'll announce the winner Monday morning. Thanks to all who submitted!
Studio City Hand Car Wash by Fernando Martinez
I've always loved this sign. I am not sure how long it has been around. I do remember it growing up.
Rosslyn Hotel by Sean Crowell
This photo was taken on the roof of the Rosslyn Hotel at 5th and Main looking east on a stormy February evening.
La Paloma by Brittany White
This photo was taken in La Verne, CA of the La Paloma Restaurant sign. I don't know much about the restaurant as I've never been. I simply spotted this sign while driving down the Historic Route 66.
Hotel Plaza/Broadway Hollywood by Albert Domasin
Taken from a balcony of the W Residences on Hollywood Boulevard. I like how the architecture of the signs are highlighted by the fading light at dusk.
Since 1908 by Bill Dawson
Cole's on 6th, Downtown Los Angeles.
Cole's (Originators) and their rival Philippe (The Original) each claim to have invented the French Dip sandwich in 1908. That dispute won't be decided here. I've had them both and they're both very good. This sign makes clear one thing that Cole's has over its rival in Chinatown—COCKTAILS.
I took this photo at dusk on a summer evening with my Nikon P6000. I love the jumble of burning neon typography. I was there to meet up with a friend I hadn't seen in some time. This photo is a nice memory of that dinner. I had the beef. She had the lamb. We both had cocktails.
Orpheum Theater—Downtown Los Angeles by Penny Edmiston
The Orpheum Theatre—one of L.A.'s most venerable landmarks, now celebrating its 85th year. From a young Judy Garland's 1933 vaudeville performance to a recent filming of the hit TV show American Idol, this renowned venue has hosted an array of theatrical productions, religious events, concerts, weddings, film festivals, private parties, variety shows, awards shows, movie shoots, music video shoots, television show and commercial shoots and much more.
Griffith Observatory: To Telescope by Jorge Cazarez Jr.
I remember my parents taking me to the Griffith Observatory quite often when I was kid. My favorite times were when we would go at night and the telescope was open. I remember it being absolutely worth the wait in line to be able to peer through the lens for two seconds and see the mysteries of outer space close up with young and wondering eyes. The Observatory is still one of my special hidden gems in L.A.
Fly Through at Randy's Donuts by Scott Evanskey
While shopping at the nearby Carmax, my wife and I stopped at the famous Randy's Donuts and I snapped a couple of photos. This one I waited until an incoming jet landing at LAX was inside the donut hole.
The Seaview Hotel—Santa Monica by Derek Gagne
The Seaview Hotel in Santa Monica is tucked into the awkward neighborhood where tourists and locals meet. Nestled between towering hotels and low beach bungalows, I admire the pride and identity that this little hotel has based on the unique script and location of their namesake.
Everything about this building and sign is vintage California to me.
Rae's by Laura Katz
This photo is of the west side of Rae's, a diner on Pico Boulevard in Santa Monica. I love this photo because it reminds me of Edward Hopper's Nighthawks painting. The neon signage is beautiful—especially juxtaposed with the window lettering and hunched over, middle-aged-to-old men at the counter. Open since 1958, this establishment only takes cash.
El Royale by Michael Flores
The El Royale Apartments on Vine on a foggy night through the trees. Long exposure.
Cocktails by Robin McCauley
Vintage cocktails sign in Chinatown.
Circus Liquor by Mark Peacock
Circus Liquor is a liquor store that's been around since 1959, This giant clown has become sort of a L.A. neon icon and San Fernando Valley landmark, and the site has also been used in some film locations, most notably the 1995 film Clueless. It's also a great neighborhood liquor store that has a steady stream of customers day or night there in NoHo.
Hotel California Sign by Joyce Hughes
In 2003, I came across this sign in the area behind the Mulholland fountain at the corner of Los Feliz and Riverside. The sign seemed so eerie and disembodied, that I just had to take this picture.
Catalina Liquor Sign by Jeremy Horowitz
Sign at Catalina Liquor at Catalina & 8th St. on September 1, 2010. I don't have (and couldn't find) any history on this sign, but I love the mid-century styling of the arm figures, as well as the "swingin' cocktail hour" feel of the labyrinth of arms. I also really like the arrows pointing into the store, in case you were wondering where the booze is. The whole thing just says "Fun!"