We've visited Rochelle's Hub Theater once before. Sadly, this vintage movie house has closed permanently, having had a brief reprieve last year. The building is, as of this writing, still for sale. Hopefully someone will buy it, and save this classic.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Monday, February 27, 2012
Friday, February 24, 2012
The Gold Star Lounge has a long history in Wicker Park. I like this sign a lot, and wish it was in better shape when I saw it-I bet this would look awesome at night.
I've never asked, though, do they still have rooms to let?
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Vintage vacuformed sign in Mendota, Illinois. I used to ignore these plastic fantastics, in my quest for fun vintage Googie-tastic neon slabs, or fadetastic ghosts painted on walls, but the more I see them the more I like them. They've often got cool graphics and genuine character, and they're often in better shape than old neon.
I shall continue to search them out.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
One of the two rare 5000-series L cars at the Fox River Trolley Museum. Shot through the viewfinder of a 50 year old Kodak Duaflex II.
Monday, February 20, 2012
Growing out of the Super Stock class (drag racing the family car!), Factory Experimental cars were heavily modified from stock. Big engines, blowers, straight axles, and altered wheelbases all featured to make these doorslammers real quarter mile weapons.
Friday, February 17, 2012
Pontiac Sports, a sporting goods shop in Pontiac, Illinois, a town along historic Route 66.
I believe this sign has been rebuilt at some point-there are some stray outlets dotted around it.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
We recently visited this vintage Swift & Co. refrigerated car, parked out the back of the Fox River Trolley Museum. I've seen a couple of these in other museums, and somewhere I found a photo of a Chicago & North Western freight train pulling a solid line of them out of the city. Not a surprise since Swift had a big facility in Chicago (big enough to warrant it's own stop on the CTA's Stockyards branch).
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
I can't find any info about Dairy Sweet, other than it seems to be a Midwestern ice cream shop chain, and the few that are still around are in pretty small, rural towns. Other than that, I've got nothin'.
This one is in the town of Ohio, Illinois, and is currently closed.
Monday, February 13, 2012
Long retired, this Oldsmobile is still complete, parked in a corner of a farm. It's one of several vintage vehicles parked here, most likely left when they broke down or simply outlived their usefulness.
This car is interesting as it's a '41, and one of the first Series 60 models, which began Olds' tradition of cars with numbers for names. This one's a sedan, with it's distinct fastback body shape, and has the Hydra-Matic automatic transmission, the first fully automatic transmission in a mass-produced automobile.
Friday, February 10, 2012
Aside from the now defunct Gilley's in Texas, Robert's Western World is probably the country's most famous honky tonk. Located along Nashville's famous Broadway (home of all sorts of venues, bars, and restaurants), there's always music playing (often live, even during the daytime) and it's always busy.
Anyway, here's a little bright-and-night show and tell of their excellent sign.
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Monday, February 6, 2012
I've show you this truck before but I keep returning to it. As it sits it's just a fantastic sculpture.
Friday, February 3, 2012
Happy Neon Friday!
I can't tell how old this sign is-the building is maybe thirty years old, but this slab seems a bit older. I like the font and the animated cork-I should really make an effort to go up there at night and shoot it!
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Belvidere, Illinois is known for it's murals, many of which replicate old advertising signs. This one was my fave.