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Photographs of business signs in California collection

 Collection — Box: P001
Identifier: PC -005
Collection contains 70 color and 4 black and white photographic prints measuring 9 x 13 cm. and 7 black and white photographic prints measuring 20.5 x 26. Photographs show business signs for establishments located in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange, San Mateo, Sacramento, and Alameda counties taken between 1955 and 1972, with the bulk of the photographs taken between 1962 and 1972. Most signs feature mid-century modern design. Signs advertise eating and drinking establishments (especially coffee shops), supermarkets and grocery stores, shopping centers, hotels and motels, real estate offices, banks, automotive repair shops, car dealerships, car washes, medical centers, liquor stores, movie theaters, clothing stores, pharmacies and other stores and services. Also includes two photographs of Anaheim Stadium, and one of Los Angeles International Airport. Seven photographs show signs erected by Electrical Products Corporation, and one by Ledbetter Signs. One photograph shows the Wagner Mechanical hand being used on a supermarket sign in Glendale, California.

Dates

  • 1955 - 1972
  • Majority of material found within 1962 - 1972

Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The California Historical Society (CHS) has no information about copyright ownership for this collection and is not authorized to grant permission to publish or reproduce materials from it. Materials in this collection, which were created between 1955 and 1972, are expected to enter the public domain in 2075 - 2092.

Extent

4 folders

Overview

Collection contains 70 color and 4 black and white photographic prints measuring 9 x 13 cm. and 7 black and white photographic prints measuring 20.5 x 26. Photographs show business signs for establishments located in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange, San Mateo, Sacramento, and Alameda counties taken between 1955 and 1972, with the bulk of the photographs taken between 1962 and 1972. Most signs feature a mid-century modern design.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials found in collection; provenance is unknown.
Title
Finding aid to the photographs of business signs in California collection
Status
completed
Author
Jaime Henderson
Date
July 2018
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the California Historical Society Repository

Contact:
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San Francisco CA 94105