Category Archives: Signs

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Cass Bank Sign Missing

by Michael R. Allen There have been more than a few changes around the intersection of North Florissant Avenue, 13th Street and Cass Avenue lately. In the past, I have lamented the destruction of the Crunden Library at 14th and … Continue reading

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Bert’s Chuck Wagon Sign Moving

by Michael R. Allen An article in today’s Madison County Journal reports that Bert’s Chuck Wagon restaurant has removed its landmark sign and will be reinstalling it inside the restaurant’s new home. In a turn of rather thoughtless planning, the … Continue reading

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Bert’s Chuck Wagon in Collinsville to Fall for Highway Widening

by Michael R. Allen The Madison County Journal reports that Collinsville mid-century landmark Bert’s Chuck Wagon Bar-B-Q (see “Heavenly Bar-B-Q” will be demolished soon for widening of Illinois Highway 159. Bert’s Chuck Wagon will relocate to a nearby location on … Continue reading

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Neon Signs at Antique Warehouse

by Michael R. Allen On Sunday, February 21, the Antique Warehouse hosted a fundraiser for the St. Louis Sign Museum. Guests were able to see the amazing private collection at the Antique Warehouse, which includes numerous neon signs, banners, signs, … Continue reading

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Harter’s Hobby House Sign Removed

by Michael R. Allen For decades, Harter’s Hobby House at 1001 West Main in Belleville beckoned hobbyists with its colorful sign, which resembled a blue pin-striped stick of dynamite with a starlight mint-like pinwheel fuse. The sign is no more, … Continue reading

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Storefront Addition: California Do-Nut Company

by Michael R. Allen Yes, the much-mourned California Do-Nut Co. at 2924 S. Jefferson in Benton Park sports a storefront addition. The 1909 Sanborn fire insurance map shows the two-story building as a black smith shop, and building permits suggest … Continue reading

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Park’s Sign Once Again Aglow in Old North

by Michael R. Allen This week, night-time pedestrians trying to catch a glimpse of the rehabilitation progress on 14th Street in Old North St. Louis saw the light — the light of the newly re-lit Park’s Drugs sign that has … Continue reading

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Chuck Berry Shopped Here

by Michael R. Allen The old brick building, already refaced with glazed brick after street widening in the 1920s, has a mess of stucco across the front. The storefront is covered by chain link gates. The exquisitely-lettered enamel sign board … Continue reading

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New Fleur de Lis Looks A Little Odd

by Michael R. Allen A few weeks ago, the new St. Louis University Biolab building at Grand and Chouteau avenues gained an unfortunate appendage: a large fleur de lis atop the attached tower section. While the site plan for the … Continue reading

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