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Vintage Signs of Upstate New York

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Lately I’ve been obsessed with old signs–neon signs, ghost signs, populuxe styles, etc. They represent a living memory of the past, and express uniqueness and character from a time when business owners displayed confidence and the promise of permanence.

The Royal Motel

Nothing lasts forever, of course, especially in the realm of business, but these signs were clearly designed for the long term. Proof is the fact many of these signs have outlasted the businesses themselves.

Crystal Restaurant

Some, like the Crystal Restaurant in Watertown, New York, beat the odds and have survived for nearly a century.

5 replies on “Vintage Signs of Upstate New York”

There is something about old signs that makes you wonder about the heyday of these businesses. Upstate New York is filled with a rich history and these signs do their part in communicating our past. My hope is that these signs are preserved to pass down our history.


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